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WQED PITTSBURGH JOINS STATEWIDE BROADCAST TO ADDRESS HEROIN CRISIS IN PENNSYLVANIA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 19, 2014

CONTACT:
George Hazimanolis
412-622-1366
ghazimanolis@wqed.org

WQED PITTSBURGH JOINS STATEWIDE BROADCAST
TO ADDRESS HEROIN CRISIS IN PENNSYLVANIA

PITTSBURGH—Heroin use in Pennsylvania has reached epidemic proportions. Once thought to be found only in cities, these dangerous drugs are now readily available in rural and suburban neighborhoods, and young people are at particular risk. Broadcasting LIVE Thursday, May 29 at 8 p.m. on WQED-TV, Heroin: A Commonwealth Crisis will feature a panel of experts who will explain what led to this deadly health problem, and provide information on prevention and treatment.

The panelists include:

Nancy Butts, President Judge of the 29th Judicial District-Lycoming County, who presides over the county’s Drug Court, DUI Court, and Juvenile Drug Court. In September 2013, she lead efforts to establish the Lycoming County Heroin Task Force, a community partnership whose goal is to educate citizens about prevention and treatment resources and reduce drug-related crime through public education and law enforcement.
Ward Donovan, chief of medical toxicology at the PinnacleHealth System in Harrisburg and a professor emeritus of Emergency Medicine at the Penn State College of Medicine. He has practiced and taught emergency medicine for 35 years, previously serving as medical director of the Toxicology Center at PinnacleHealth System, one of the busiest clinical toxicology services in the United States.
Joseph Troncale, medical director of The Retreat of Lancaster County and has been a physician since 1979, working in the field of addiction medicine for the past 15 years. He was honored as one of Addiction Professional Magazine’s clinicians of the year in 2010. His interests include the proper treatment of mental health issues in the addicted patient and the neurobiology of addiction.
Alison Turley, prevention coordinator at the Centre County Youth Service Bureau. She oversees prevention programing including AmeriCorps, Strengthening Families Program, community youth centers, street outreach programs and drug and alcohol prevention programs both in schools and in the community.

The 60-minute live show is interactive, taking viewers’ phone calls, e-mails, and questions via Twitter. Viewers can join the conversation by calling 800-543-8242 during the show, emailing connect@wpsu.org or tweeting @WPSU. To register to be a part of the studio audience at WPSU Studios on University Park, Pennsylvania visit: wpsu.org/heroincrisis.

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