Sheriff talks about opioid usage in Erie

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Pennsylvania is setting the bar across the nation in terms of opioid overdose prevention, according to the state.

Erie County Sheriff John Loomis met with Governor Tom Wolf and hundreds of local officials, law enforcement, health care providers and former addicts from across the state in Harrisburg Wednesday.

The group discussed the nationwide epidemic, sharing ideas and statistics from their region.

Loomis says Pennsylvania is trying to prevent this epidemic from getting worse.

He says in 1998, 11.8 tons of oxy was produced worldwide.

As of 2013, 138 tons a year are now produced.

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