The most important issue facing Philadelphia’s suburban Bucks County isn’t economic development or an expensive new Justice Center–it’s heroin abuse, says Commissioner Diane Marseglia. Citing statistics and friends who died from the drug, Marseglia, a former social worker, described the growth of heroin in stark terms yesterday, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. “This is of epidemic proportions,” she said.
More than 60 percent of admissions to county treatment centers relate to heroin and opiate use, she said. Last September, she said, 63 people in Bensalem, Pa., overdosed on heroin – one fatally. She suggested donating to treatment centers and raising awareness about the importance of guidance counselors in schools, as they can be the first line of defense in noticing drug use.