On March 14, the U.S. Department of Agriculture convened the first of a series of monthly local round tables, in Dauphin County (Harrisburg), Pa. to promote awareness and better understanding of the support rural communities need to address addiction and opioid misuse.

The inaugural roundtable was convened in Pennsylvania by Anne Hazlett, the USDA’s assistant to the secretary for Rural Development and also brought to the table several local officials from rural counties in the state, including a first responder from Adams County, a commissioner from Bradford County, a judge from Lackawanna County and a coroner from York County.

County leaders were joined at the event by representatives from USDA, Pennsylvania state government, area universities, faith-based organizations, hospitals, recovery centers and law enforcement agencies.

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