Heroin is cheaper and easier to get than beer in Pennsylvania, and the people selling it use sophisticated methods on par with the biggest retailers.
Those are among the conclusions of a state agency which complied a report and recommendations based on a series of informational hearings held around the state this summer.
Heroin addiction was long associated with inner cities.
But the Center for Rural Pennsylvania concluded there is a current “epidemic” that crosses all geographic, economic and racial boundaries, with scores of people becoming addicted and dying in suburban and rural communities. All parts of the state, including its most rural counties, are affected.