Heroin Summit Held in Lycoming County

By Valerie Tysanner | vtysanner@pahomepage.com, Jayne Ann Bugda | jbugda@pahomepage.com

Published 06/13 2014 06:41PM

Updated 06/13 2014 06:50PM

Williamsport, Lycoming County-  It's a problem with no clear solution.

As heroin use in Lycoming County  and all of Pennsylvania -- skyrockets,  officials are trying everything they can to stem the drug tide.

Pennsylvania is now ranked third in the nation for heroin addiction.

On Friday... Representatives from health, policy, law enforcement, and education departments  met in Williamsport for a heroin summit.

The goal... to work together to solve the problem

The first step... Definition...
Many agree it starts with prescription drug abuse.

Detective William Weber of Lycoming County showed off a box filled with bottles
"This whole box is completely full of nothing but prescription drugs."

Police officers say it's not a problem that can be fixed through arrests... or incarceration.


"Research has shown that the average dealer can make hundreds and hundreds of transactions between arrests." said Assistant Williamsport Police Chief Tim Miller

Transactions that net the average dealer nearly 60-thousand dollars a year.

"Homicide is a death of an individual at the death of another. Well you sell drugs to someone, they die, you killed them." warned Lycoming County Coroner, Charles Kiessling.

The hope is that between all the different departments, officials will be able to use a comprehensive approach to treat the problem in Lycoming County. 

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