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Governor Talks Overdose Problem as Locals Plan Rally

SCRANTON — Governor Tom Wolf held a roundtable discussion with area leaders to address the growing problem of addiction and overdoses in Pennsylvania. ...
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SCRANTON -- Governor Tom Wolf held a roundtable discussion with area leaders to address the growing problem of addiction and overdoses in Pennsylvania.

"A lot of it does start at home and I think the early diagnosis is really important," said Governor Wolf. "If you see this, don't ignore it and get out of denial. It's a disease."

The discussions comes at the same time that a rally is being planned in Wyoming County to raise awareness on the issue this August.

Lizz DeWolfe is the woman behind the rally. DeWolfe lost her son last year after he died of a heroin overdose while at a treatment center in Florida.

"I need to step up and be his voice and get out there and spread the word that it's okay," said DeWolfe.

DeWolfe is working with Wyoming County Commissioners and other area leaders on organizing the rally.

"Removing stigma is the biggest hurdle we need to overcome with this disease and people need to stand up and fight for their rights in recovery," said John Fabiseski of Wyoming County Cares.

You may have seen DeWolfe back when Newswatch16 spoke with her last month at a rally in Bradford County where she shared her son's story and became inspired to have Wyoming County host its own rally.

"I need to bring this back to my county," DeWolfe added. "I got to bring it back and we have to step up and it's time to take control and get our county back and get help out there for these addicts who are looking for the help they need and stop the stigma."

The rally to raise awareness is set for August 11 at 5 p.m. outside the Wyoming County Courthouse in Tunkhannock.

There is also "Young People in Recovery" meeting at 7 p.m. Friday at the EMS building in Tunkhannock.