Feds, University of Pittsburgh to discuss opioid report
The Associated Press | 10.05.16
(Pittsburgh) -- Western Pennsylvania's top federal prosecutor says some of the state's coroners are thwarting efforts to gather overdose data needed to fight Pennsylvania's heroin and opioid epidemic.
U.S. Attorney David Hickton spoke about the issue at a news conference Wednesday. It centered on a report and recommendations by the University of Pittsburgh about how a working group Hickton organized is dealing with epidemic levels of heroin and other opioid abuse.
The top recommendation in the 64-page report is the need for real-time data on overdoses, so law enforcement and medical officials can respond quickly to areas experiencing a rash of overdoses.
Hickton says he may pursue ``legal action'' against some coroners, mostly rural, who he believes aren't offering the information. The state coroners association says many smaller coroners are hampered by a lack of full-time staff.
An earlier story is below:
Western Pennsylvania's top federal prosecutor plans to discuss a report and recommendations on how the region should deal with epidemic levels of heroin and other opioid abuse developed by the University of Pittsburgh Institute of Politics.
U.S. Attorney David Hickton will be joined by Pitt Chancellor Mark Nordenberg and others from the university at a news conference Wednesday morning in the federal courthouse in Pittsburgh.
Hickton has a working group including doctors, pharmacists and public officials who have been studying the issue.
They will also attend the news conference, which will focus on helping law enforcement to work with public health officials on a harmonized response to rash of overdoses fueled by heroin and opioid abuse.
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