A growing problem with opioid abuse in Erie County has prompted officials to form a task force.
The task force, comprised of members of law enforcement, health officials and other community advocates met for the first time on Monday.
"We're coming together today to work on this problem together as a community," said Dr. Gale Burstein, Erie County Commissioner of Health.
The task force is divided into seven subgroups that will focus on specific factors of the problem.
The subgroups will focus on law enforcement, family support, community education, provider education, emergency rooms at hospitals, Narcan access, and treatment.
The task force will meet quarterly to discuss what its sub groups work on.
Last year, 201 people died from opioid abuse in Erie County.
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