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Combating the Fentanyl Crisis: Pennsylvania’s Call for Stronger Measures

As Pennsylvania faces a devastating toll from drug overdoses, particularly from fentanyl, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dave McCormick is advocating for a robust strategy to halt the international drug trade. During a fentanyl-focused roundtable in Luzerne County, McCormick underscored the urgency of addressing what he described as a siege on both the state and the nation by the fentanyl crisis.

Highlighting the critical situation, McCormick commended local officials for their hardline stance on imposing severe penalties on drug dealers, echoing Luzerne County District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce’s sentiment on the need for accountability and harsher punishments for traffickers intentionally fueling addiction.

Amidst critiques of current leadership, McCormick singled out President Joe Biden and U.S. Senator Bob Casey, proposing a shift in the battle against drug cartels. He suggested considering military action, in collaboration with Mexico, as a drastic yet potentially necessary measure, drawing parallels with Colombia’s drug war interventions.

The roundtable also shed light on the essential role of recovery and public awareness. Shana Stefanick, a national director at STR Behavioral Health and a recovery advocate, emphasized the importance of education and vocal advocacy in preventing drug abuse. Stefanick, sharing her personal journey of addiction and recovery, pointed out the inadequacies in current treatment modalities and stressed the lifelong nature of recovery.

The discussions highlighted the multifaceted challenge of the fentanyl crisis, from law enforcement to public health strategies, underlining the significant financial impact on taxpayers due to ongoing efforts in addiction support and emergency response.

As Pennsylvania and the nation grapple with this crisis, the call for a comprehensive and aggressive approach—spanning punitive measures, international cooperation, education, and enhanced recovery programs—becomes increasingly vital.

For additional resources and information on the opioid epidemic, including support and treatment options, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website at or the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s opioid crisis information page.


Pamela K Coyle 1949-2024

Pam received her Master’s degree in library science from Clarion University in 1978. She never lost her love of reading or her enthusiasm for libraries.

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Candie Sue Diffenderfer 1963-2024

Candie worked in the Prothonotary’s office at the Fulton County Courthouse, and later at Irving Accounting and U.S.A. Cartage in Williamsport, MD.

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