Heroin Use in Pennsylvania and New Jersey


Guests: Roseanne Scotti and Noni West

Heroin use in New Jersey and Pennsylvania is on the rise. One consequence of this is a spike in overdose deaths in both states that has led a regional epidemic. While New Jersey has embraced new laws that permit good Samaritans to call 911 without fear of arrest and allow first responders (plus friends and family) to carry the overdose-reversal medication Narcan, Pennsylvania has been slower to enact similar measures. In this hour of Radio Times, we’ll examine heroin policy in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, usage in the region, and potential solutions with ROSEANNE SCOTTI, the Drug Policy Alliance’s State Director in New Jersey, and NONI WEST, Public Policy and Family Program Specialist for the Council of Southeast Pennsylvania.

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