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Lehigh County trying to tackle the opioid crisis, one pouch at a time


The opioid crisis in Lehigh County shows no signs of letting up. So this year, county leaders will be handing out special packets at Community Day to help people safely get rid of their old painkillers.

“We want to get them out because if we can stop the opioids from getting into the wrong hands we can prevent deaths, we can prevent overdoses,” said Lehigh County Executive Phil Armstrong.

“Because we know that folks tend to hang on to their medicine, I think it’s human nature, right? You think you might want to use them in the future,” said Dr. Gillian Beauchamp with the Lehigh Valley Health Network.