Pennsylvania is No. 3 in Heroin Use

Because the drug-fueled deaths of 1990s alt-rock gods were just too cool not to imitate.

shutterstock_157198604You may have suspected it last month when 16 people were arrested in a “drug mule” investigation. Or last week, when news broke that 63 people had overdosed on “opiods” in Bensalem in a single month. Perhaps the Pennsylvania man with 124 bags of heroin tipped you off. Either way, we now have confirmation: The Keystone State is big on heroin.

NewsWorks reports: “Pennsylvania has the third highest number of heroin users, behind California and Illinois, according to state law enforcement officials. In response to the ranking, state lawmakers are trying to learn more about the problem of escalating use and overdose.”

WITF reports on the opening of legislative hearings about the “epidemic”: “We started hearing in my county, my home county, Westmoreland, about drug overdoses,” said Rep. Tim Krieger of Westmoreland. “You look in the newspaper and see 18-year-olds passing away, you have a suspicion. And we started hearing about heroin. Now, in our county, we’re going to have a record year for heroin deaths.”

Expect to see tough new legislation to crack down oon the problem in coming weeks and months.

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  • Montgomery Burns

    legalize it. i know it sounds ridiculous to the uninitiated, but it will not make the problem any worse. People who want drugs get drugs. The deaths are because its not regulated, leaving users to cop on the street and guess for themselves how much they are taking.

    • Janie G

      that’s completely ridiculous. Never legalize drugs. The reason why people are doing drugs is because in their mind there’s no other way for them to dull the pain of their lives. Check on a neighbor, drive a friend to a job interview, spend time with your children, take a walk in the sun, go to the beach, drink water, get enough sleep, save your drug money in the bank for a nice house somewhere, get a job even if you don’t like it, attempt college even if it’s just one class to start, may God Bless anyone that reads this.

      • johnb

        Instead, we just have analog pharmaceuticals so the addict can switch addictions and wean off the methodone or whatever other solution is offered. Legalization and regulation could help treat these people transition back to normal life. If someone’s already drug addicted saying go do something else instead is ridiculous. Instead of thinking narrowly of the effect of regulation, think about the positives- lost love ones won’t be in bad neighborhood’s buying questionable drugs. The government could sanction clinics to administer clean heroin to those who are ready to wean off and live a relatively normal life. Hepatitis and HIV instances would probably decrease, as well, if we had national needle exchange programs.