Battling the Heroin Epidemic

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SCRANTON -- A panel discussion on heroin and opioid addiction in the Scranton area was held at Marywood University Tuesday evening.

Dozens of people turned out to learn about new ways to understand and treat addiction.

Members of the panel included lawmakers, law enforcement members, and a worker at a treatment center in Scranton.

Newswatch 16's Stacy Lange moderated the event.


  • Solomon Grundy

    Again put these junkies on a big boat…tell them it will be a heroin cruise…the best high of their lives…when it gets out into the ocean and in shark infested water… sink it…problem solved and certainly not loss to society

  • think positive

    It’s nice that the community cares enough to try and help. However, if anybody ever knew an addict, they will probably say the same thing, that the addict is the only one who can help them-self, and that usually only happens when they’ve hit the bottom of the abyss, or after they OD. Can put them in and out of jail, but they always go back to using. Sad, sad, sad, but seemingly true. The only way is to stop them before they start.

  • Easy Solution

    Let anyone who uses and ODs die. Solves the issue. No drug using, no rehab, save money. Worlds a better place without them.

    • burtfan16

      This is one of the dumbest statements I’ve ever heard. What if the addict was your siblings, your parents, or your spouse? Would you think the same way? Think things through before you comment.

  • No

    Sorry, but these “education” seminars are a waste of money. You can educate yourself with EVERYTHING and have the latest Knowledge on what is going on, what to do , how to do it and you will still see your family member or friend dwindle into the abyss. You may be able to tell folks how to, but your meetings need to be the actual addicts..not the folks around them.
    Sorry, but smoking, snorting and pushing house cleaner is nasty..Should we get rid of the Pine Sol??

  • Capt Bogart

    This is common in these towns in Susquehanna County, PA. Heck, just watch the parking lots in Hallstead, Great Bend, and New Milford and one can watch the cars. You will see the drug dealers in their cars/vehicles calling in every 20 minutes to 45 minutes, their drug peeks for their drug pick-ups. Now when you raise the observations to the Gibson PSP, they tell you it is not their problem. Go somewhere else.

  • man

    theres nothing to do in nepa. just go to indeed and look at the quality of the jobs here. if you arent a doctor or lawyer there are no opportunities here. if you have a job that pays 50k a year nepa you are doing good

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