Each month LG Health highlights one of our valued partners. Together, we strengthen the health of our community in ways impossible to do alone.

Recently celebrating its first anniversary, the Lancaster County Anti-Heroin Task Force is a group of law enforcement, social services, health care, and education organizations creating community solutions to tackle the growing substance “misuse” problem.

Overdoses involving heroin, prescription painkillers and fentanyl killed 117 Lancaster County residents last year, a 40 percent increase from 2015 and a 100 percent increase from 2014.

The task force’s main focus in year one was to partner with school districts and local mayors to hold public forums for over 800 people to provide education and resource sharing to communities impacted by drug use.

Lancaster General Health is a member of the task force; other members include founder Lancaster County Mayors Association, treatment center Compass Mark, the Lancaster County Drug and Alcohol Commission, schools, the Lancaster County Recovery Alliance, and the Lancaster County District Attorney.

For more information on the Lancaster County Anti-Heroin Task Force, visit its Facebook page, follow it on Twitter @antiherointaskforce or contact its chair, Mount Joy Mayor Tim Bradley, at 717-256-1798 or tbradley@mountjoypa.org.

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