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Niagara County opioid task force to meet on crisis

NORTH TONAWANDA – Niagara County’s new opioid task force will meet Monday in North Tonawanda to discuss ways of dealing with the heroin and painkiller epidemic in the county, where the Mental Health Department says the number of heroin addicts has tripled since 2010.

“We want to develop a comprehensive opioid strategy across every community in this county,” said County Legislature Majority Leader Randy R. Bradt, R-North Tonawanda. “Our county Mental Health Department has estimated that less than 15 percent of individuals who need treatment actually seek services.”

The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m. in the headquarters of the North Tonawanda Fire Department, 495 Zimmerman St. State Sen. Robert G. Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, who is co-chairman of a Senate task force on heroin and opioid addiction, is to attend the meeting, along with city and county officials.