Hundreds Rally Against Heroin Epidemic

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TOWANDA -- Grief, anguish, heartbreak, and anger drove a show of force outside the Bradford County Courthouse against what's being called an epidemic.

Hundreds gathered at the courthouse in Towanda for the Bradford County Addiction Awareness Rally, with a focus on one drug in particular: heroin.

“This is our reality. This is the reality of heroin. This is it. There's no end. You will die. It will kill you,” said April Swain of Canton.

Swain was among many at the rally who lost a loved one to heroin; her son overdosed in February.

“One night he went too far and now he's gone and our life's never been the same,” said Swain.

More than 20 agencies set up informational booths, showing what services are available to help combat addiction.

However, Liz DeWolfe from Forkston in Wyoming County says a trip to rehab may not be enough. Her son overdosed last year in Florida, where he was in treatment.

“It's got to stop, this has got to stop,” said DeWolfe. “He wanted to be clean, he wanted to be sober, he did, but this addiction, it just gets so ahold of somebody and it's hard to let go. It's hard for them to let go.”

Keith Kinsman also lost his son in February. He and his church helped organized the rally in the hopes another family doesn't have to feel his pain.

“I’m hearing from just hundreds of people that are reaching out, telling their stories, and it is absolutely an epidemic. We're in a crisis right now, so this is all about awareness,” said Kinsman.

“His friends knew, they didn't think it was important to tell me, so his family couldn't reach out to him. If we could have, maybe we could have helped,” said Swain.

“I lost my only son to this disease. I lost my only child. He's gone, he's not coming back,” said DeWolfe.

The rally concluded with a candlelight vigil, not only marking the lives lost to heroin, but also marking a symbol of hope that other lives can still be saved in the future.


  • No More

    Since 90% of drugs in this Country come through the Southern border, perhaps building a wall might be a good place to start. If you don`t have access you can`t buy it, of course for the left that want open borders and have campaigned for years to keep them open that might not be politically correct and it would also make us racists. If the will was there this could have been stopped a long time ago but how can you stop it when you make a large bust and the next day another half million pounds comes through a tunnel or across the border in a tractor trailer. Very sad.

  • typical east asian dope

    Taiwan curbed it’s drug problem with capital punishment for know drug pushers

  • Trish

    I think people should volunteer at a rehab or do a little research BEFORE you pass judgement or think you have a solution to the heroine problem. Addiction is a disease, and sometimes doing everything isn’t enough. It takes lots of support, NA & AA meetings, positive feedback, and plenty of patience to help someone who’s addicted to any drug. If you think “just say no” or arresting the dealer’s is a solution, you’re wrong. Please, EDUCATE YOURSELF. Or buy an AA book.

  • two timin bartender hoe

    No matter what you call it,
    You can’t get off it so you marry it, comes from the middle east
    no wonder they goofy in the head.

  • Ron McLaughlin

    Treatment centers coupled with alanon etc. are needed . The drug is of the most evil kind , grabs one and doesn’t let go .
    Sometimes it is very hard to tell if a loved one is involved especially in the early stages .

    • wake up people!!!!!!

      Rehabs, al-anon etc etc. Blah blah blah. All that is a joke. Rehab centers only provide high paying state jobs. How come nobody ever says, “hey cops, do your frickin jobs!”

  • Lloyd "been there" Schmucatelli

    The families are as responsible as the users. Go to Al-Anon!!! Go to AA!!!

    One doesn’t wake up one morning and become a heroin junkie. It’s a progression.

  • Canyon

    Until they literally declare a shooting war against the corporate effort to promote this money game, there will be, unfortunately, many casualties on the user level.

  • denial, denial.....oh well

    Holding a rally will do nothing. Just makes people feel all warm and fuzzy. Hugs and cries. Holding pics of dead loved ones. Doing heroin is a choice. If I wanna do heroin, I’ll go and do it. A rally won’t change my decision. If law enforcement focused on heroin years ago instead of petty crime, this monster would have never reared its ugly head. Bradford county, I hate to tell you all, but folks, it’s too late. This mess has now become only job security for the local funeral homes.

  • magicmikexxsm

    Hundreds Rally Against Heroin Epidemic………………………………..
    You know people if you instill these 3 little words into your kids heads as they grow up from the 80’s…..
    ” Just Say No”” they are not out dated, and may just save a few lives….

    • unbelieveable!

      Oh yes, just say no worked so well didn’t it? How pathetic! I think you’ve been eating too much of ronnie’s jellybeans. Can u put your head any further in the sand?

      • magicmikexxsm

        UNBELIEVEABLE! Hey numb nuts worked fine for all those years, may have saved a life or two. once liberalism kicked well now you see what you have……grow a brain…..

    • unbelieveable!

      Magicmike”Worked fine for all those years?” What years? The 1980’s powder cocaine epidemic? Or did you mean the 1990’s crack cocaine epidemic? Oh wait, ill bet u mean the 2000’s meth epidemic huh? Wrong again? Then it’s got to be 2010’s heroin epidemic. Did I nail it? Your just a little bit stupid aren’t you?

  • Morbid glutton

    Users should be put on an express lane to death for being stupid enough to try it


    It’s time to write down names of dealers and drop off in mailbox.
    Address the police….state police i would say.
    it’s now said 2 dealers on any given street in USA.

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