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The Changing Face of Heroin - June BADA Meeting

Dave Reilly

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will sponsor a presentation by the Borough of Berwick Police Department at the McBride Memorial Library, 500 North Market Street, Berwick, PA 18603. The program will be held on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. The program is titled” The Changing Face of Heroin.”

Berwick Police Department’s Chief Ken Strish will conduct this Borough of Berwick Police Department drug awareness presentation and will discuss the changing nature of heroin trafficking and the incidence of fentanyl.

Chief Ken Strish stated, “Our focus will look at the impact of synthetics like fentanyl and carfentanyl and how they have increased the possibility of overdose and death. It is important for the public to have this information because of the absolute dangers. Fentanyl is a game changer because it is so much stronger than morphine and heroin.”

The heroin-fentanyl mix has been with us for a long time. The Centers for Disease Control reported (July, 2008) that the mixture of heroin and fentanyl killed over 1,000 users from to 2005 to 2007. The profile of the characteristic victim: 35-54 years old (58.6 percent), male (80.1 percent) and white (55.4 percent). And in early 2014, a “public health crisis” was declared in the Pittsburgh area after 22 deaths were believed to be caused by a deadly mix of heroin and Fentanyl, labeled as Theraflu, Bud Ice, and Income Tax.