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US Sen. Toomey Focuses On Rx Drug Abuse Problem At Delco Presentation

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(US Sen. Pat Toomey, third from left, conducts a hearing about prescription drug abuse in Delaware County.  Credit: David Madden)

(US Sen. Pat Toomey, third from left, conducts a hearing about prescription drug abuse in Delaware County. Credit: David Madden)

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By David Madden

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FOLSOM, Pa. (CBS)  — US Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) hosted a roundtable discussion today in Delaware County, looking at the problem of prescription drug abuse.

Toomey (third from left in top photo) was joined during the hourlong session by the County Council, the Delaware County DA, and other interested parties.

Among them was Tricia Stouch of Aston, Pa. (at left in photo below), who lost her teenage daughter to drugs four years ago.  She now promotes education and intervention.

“Have some kind of program in the schools and get to the younger kids,” she advised those present.  “I don’t think that fourth, fifth, and sixth grade is too young.”

(Tricia Stouch, left, testifies at a Delaware County hearing on drug abuse.  She lost her daughter four years ago.  Credit: David Madden)

(Tricia Stouch, left, speaks at a Delaware County roundtable discussion on drug abuse. She lost her daughter four years ago. Credit: David Madden)

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Other ideas presented were requiring addicts to remain longer — up to two years — in rehab, and keeping better track of how narcotics are doled out by doctors and pharmacists.

There is currently a push to set up a computer network for pharmacists and law enforcement to do just that in Pennsylvania.  If implemented, it could serve as a national model for dealing with the problem of prescription drug abuse.

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