Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

We Need to Get Drug Dealers off the Streets

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

We Need to Get Drug Dealers off the Streets

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The opioid epidemic is being covered everywhere lately. An April 7 Post-Gazette story reports that overdose deaths have increased a stunning 45 percent in 2016 largely because stamp bags of heroin now contain fentanyl, which can be 100 times stronger than heroin ("Drug Overdose Deaths Soar 45 Percent in Allegheny County in 2016"). People are dying the first time they try it.

We're told there will be "no immediate reversal of the trend."

But, at least, finally, a fire has been lit. Politicians are focused on money for education, treatment centers, overdose reversal drugs and more. Doctors are on high alert. New bills passed restricting prescriptions. Gov. Tom Wolf is considering compelling overdose survivors to go into treatment. It's all good but admittedly will be slow to show results. …

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