Heroin surge prompts antidrug session in Bensalem

BENSALEM TWP. In response to a marked increase in drug abuse in Bucks County, the Bensalem School District has scheduled an “Addiction Awareness Night” for next Tuesday.

The forum, to be between 6 and 8 p.m. at Snyder Middle School on Hulmeville Road, is aimed at helping people recognize signs of abuse and provide information on how to help someone with addiction. Some of those who have been impacted by abuse will offer testimonials.

Teens are invited, but no one 12 and under will be permitted because of some of the program’s content. The school district is partnering with Aldie Counseling Center to hold the meeting.

Last month, Bucks County Commissioner Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia said heroin abuse is the most pressing issue facing Bucks County. In September, she said, 63 people in Bensalem overdosed on heroin — one fatally. And about half of the drug deaths in the county stem from heroin abuse, she said.

- Ben Finley