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Federal official to be part of 12-person forum on opioid crisis to be held in Lower Swatara

Posted 3/7/18

Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett and other members of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be part of a roundtable discussion on the opioid crisis and how it is …

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Federal official to be part of 12-person forum on opioid crisis to be held in Lower Swatara

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Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett and other members of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be part of a roundtable discussion on the opioid crisis and how it is affecting rural Pennsylvania, to be held March 14 in Lower Swatara Township.

This will be an interactive discussion with federal, state and local officials, legislators, medical professionals, treatment providers, counselors, faith-based organizations, nonprofits, and those personally affected to discuss topics such as prevention, treatment, recovery, workforce related issues, and judicial/legal/law enforcement concerns about the opioid crisis, according to the department.

It will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Lower Swatara Township Fire Hall, 1350 Fulling Mill Road, Middletown.

Also on hand will be Dr. Ray Barishansky, deputy secretary for health planning and assessment for the Pennsylvania Department of Health, and ten other panelists in the field of prevention, treatment, and recovery in Pennsylvania.

In 2016, the state of Pennsylvania lost 4,642 people and 78 percent of Pennsylvania counties have overdose death rates higher than the national average, according to a press release announcing the forum. Opioid misuse is increasing health and social services demands, and making economic development even more difficult for rural communities that are already operating on slim budgets.