Flynn hosting state hearing on drug epidemic

SCRANTON, Aug. 11 – Responding to the alarming rate of heroin and prescription drug overdoses affecting the area, state Rep. Marty Flynn will host an Aug. 31 public hearing of the House Democratic and Republican Policy committees.

“The proliferation of prescription drug deaths is devastating too many families and communities and we must take comprehensive action at the local, state and federal levels to stem this tide from continuing,” said Flynn, D-Lackawanna.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. Aug. 31 at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center, Electric City Ballroom, 100 Adams Ave. The agenda is still being finalized.

It is being held jointly by the House Policy committees and the PA Heroin, Opioid Prevention and Education Caucus, of which Flynn is a member.

Flynn said the groups have been meeting throughout the summer in locations across the state.

“Unfortunately, this has become a widespread problem that is affecting cities and rural areas throughout Pennsylvania. It has been a cornerstone of Governor Tom Wolf’s agenda and he was successful in getting $15 million added to the new state budget for drug treatment facilities,” Flynn said.