Elmira/Corning Regional Airport
Tioga Co. Heroin Problem
Written By: Joe Melillo
In Tioga County, Pennsylvania, law enforcement officials are fighting an increasing amount of heroin in the area, and its not just the adults who are using.
Wellsboro (WENY) - In Tioga County, Pennsylvania, law enforcement officials are fighting an increasing amount of heroin in the area, and its not just the adults who are using. Kids are also abusing Heroin at a much higher rate than seen before in the Northern Tier. Tuesday night's discussion was focused on education, the first step to stopping the rampant drug use that's being seen in Tioga County.
Tioga County Judge Robert Dalton ended Tuesday nights forum with words of encouragement, saying that if people talk about the problem directly, then the community can start to fix it, and see results.
“Part of dealing with the problem is saying it out loud and acknowledging it and that is what part of tonight is about,” says Judge Dalton.
Regina Kennedy is A parent of two boys in the high school and she had no idea Heroin was this prevalent.
“I was shocked I knew there was lot of drugs but I never thought heroin would be number one in Tioga County.”
Along with bath salts and prescription drugs, Heroin is rapidly becoming a problem that police are having to deal with. Wellsboro Police Chief Jim Bodine says Heroin is being brought in from Williamsport, Elmira and every other direction.
“Everywhere its coming from, there is no one particular spot that we can say its coming from, it's coming from north east south and west,” says Chief Bodine. “That's the best way to describe it. and to say its coming from one geographical sate, there's no way.”
Officials on stage told story after story about how drugs can ruin lives. The Emergency Room nurse manager from Soldiers and Sailors Memorial hospital in Wellsboro spoke up, saying the hospital is treating more drug and heroin use. Janene Holter from the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office says the forum wasn't intended to scare the community but to educate it.
“As law enforcement agencies and as school districts we are trying to educate on drug trends that we are seeing within our communities and how to educate our parents as well as our students to stay away from illegal drug use,” says Holter.
Some big tips for parents and grandparents is to lock away your prescription drugs and also talk to your kids, communication is the best way to stop a child's drug use.