Lititz community organizes to fight heroin

A group has formed in Lititz dedicated to the “prevention, awareness and assistance” for those suffering from heroin and prescription drug addiction in the Warwick School District.

In Pennsylvania, the increase in heroin use has now made overdoses from that drug more deadly than car accidents for those between the age of 22-44.

Lititz Borough Police officer, Jevon Miller, said the group has been meeting for two months to find a way to combat the growing use of heroin in the community.

He said a parent in the Warwick School District came up with the idea and the group quickly included school representatives, police officers, fire fighters and other first-responders.

ASAP Lititz Action for Substance Abuse Prevention has their own Facebook page to provide information and resources to families who have been touched by heroin addiction.

“We’re focusing on prescription pills because that seems to be the progression, from pills to heroin,” said Miller.

The group is accepting additional volunteers, according to its Facebook posts.

That page is publicizing a Feb. 26 program for parents and educators, conducted by the Byrnes Health Education Center, to educate the public about teen drug and alcohol abuse.

This program will focus on the signs, symptoms and  trends in the abuse of illegal and prescription drugs.