Heroin Hits Home

at Lakeland Junior Senior High School

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Heroin Hits Home

Friday, Feb. 3rd, 8:30am

1355 Lakeland Drive

Jermyn, PA

In 2015 there were 69 overdose deaths in Lackawanna County. That's 34 more than the year before and 69 more than there should be. We need to educate ourselves and community members before this epidemic steals more of the lives around us. Please join us to learn more about what you can watch for, how you can help and how to protect our children.

Do you think it can't happen to us?

If you think that the Heroin Epidemic can't touch us, in our small, NEPA community, think again. Watch the below video about our neighbors in Luzerne County. This was a national NBC Nightly News Report last night! (1/7/17)....the date this event invitation was originally published!
Heroin Epidemic Takes Hold Of PA County: ‘Dropping Like Flies’ | NBC News

  • Heroin is a highly addictive drug that is processed from morphine, which is a naturally occurring substance extracted from the seed pod of the Asian opium poppy plant.
  • Heroin can be injected, snorted/sniffed, or smoked. It is highly addictive and enters the brain very quickly. Contrary to popular opinion, all three methods can lead to addiction and other severe health problems.
  • There is no cookie cutter heroin user. In fact, many of heroin’s newest addicts are in their teens or early 20s; many also come from middle- or upper-middle-class suburban families.
  • Tolerance to heroin develops with regular use, so after a short time more heroin is needed to produce the same level of intensity. This results in addiction.
  • Health risks to using heroin include:Fatal overdose, High risk of infections such as HIV/AIDS, Collapsed veins, Infection of the heart lining and valves, Liver disease

Lakeland SAP Team

The Student Assistance Team is a group of teachers and other professionals who administer a program designed to help students who are "at risk" for issues involving drugs and alcohol and/or mental health concerns. It is a confidential, systematic process designed to intervene and refer students who are having problems. Referred students and their parents are given free access to appropriate community services in and out of school.