(Allentown, PA) Representative Charlie Dent (PA-15) announced that he will be holding a public forum on the issue of heroin use and prescription drug abuse this Wednesday, March 11th in the auditorium of the Kutztown Area High School. The discussion will begin at 7 PM and will last until 9 PM.

“Heroin use and prescription drug abuse are damaging our communities and taking an awful toll on our young people. Cities and towns in Berks County, and surrounding counties, have seen real suffering as a result of both,” said Representative Dent.

“Local leadership on this issue has been exceptional, to the best of my ability, I also want to lend a hand,” Dent noted. “I’ll be bringing officials from law enforcement and members of the medical community to the forum to offer their insights into the problem,” said Dent.

Medical Specialists Attending:

Dr. Alex Rosenau, Senior Vice Chair, Dept. of E.M., Lehigh Valley Health Network

Matthew Null, Prevention Specialist, Council on Chemical Abuse

Dr. William Santoro, Reading Hospital

Cory Trevena, M.A., Regional Director of Student Assistance Programs, Caron Treatment Centers

Law Enforcement Personnel Attending:

Detective Sergeant Pasquale Leporace, Berks County District Attorney’s Office

Chief Deputy District Attorney Bethany Zampogna, Lehigh County District Attorney’s Office

State Trooper David Beohm

Laura A. Hendrick, Field Intelligence Manager, DEA Philadelphia Division

Minh T. Nguyen, Supervisory Special Agent (SSA), DEA Philadelphia Division