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“Save One Life and You Save the World” - Commissioners, District Attorney Office Join Bucks County Technical H.S. Students to Preview “Heroin Kills” Video

February 20, 2015

The next outreach in Bucks County’s war against opioid use reached the big stage of the Bucks County Technical High School auditorium in Bristol Township on the morning of Thursday, February 19. County Commissioner Diane M. Ellis-Marseglia, LCSW, joined District Attorney David Heckler, Assistant DA Matt Weintraub, Pennsylvania State Representative Gene DiGirolamo and lead producer Frank Goldstein for the first screening of the public service announcement, “Heroin Kills.”

Commissioner Marseglia speaks to the room about the Heroin Kills PSA and the initiative to get Heroin off the streets of Bucks County.The video segments, which will be featured on websites, municipal access channels and school information boards, provide a humbling glimpse into one family’s battle against the ravages of addiction. According to DA Heckler, Bucks County saw a 4.6 percent increase in the number of addicts seeking treatment services in 2014.

The initiative announced by DA Heckler and his staff in collaboration with the Board of Commissioners and community partners seeks not only to cut the supply of drugs and identify and prosecute dealers through anonymous tip lines and other means. Educating the public about the problem – and its tragic consequences for young addicts and those who care for them – is also a critical part of this effort. To that end, the “Heroin Kills” videos will be distributed for viewing in area schools and other venues.

Central to the two videos – one a 60-second public service announcement and the other a detailed testimony – is the courageous account of “Maggie,” a suburban mother whose daughter (a former high school honor student) has fallen victim to heroin addiction. In candid, measured words, Maggie tells of the toll taken by drugs on her daughter, including a half-dozen failed attempts to kick the habit and the daughter’s single-minded stealing of her parents’ possessions to fund her drug addiction.

Frank Goldstein, the Bensalem resident who produced the PSA talks about why he got involved with this project, and also thanked all the members, both adult and student, of his production team.Spearheading the creation of “Heroin Kills” has been Mr. Goldstein, a Bensalem resident with extensive background in television and public communications. During the premiere, Commissioner Marseglia joined DA Heckler and State Representative DiGirolamo to express gratitude to Mr. Goldstein, adult members of his production crew, and the Bucks County Technical High School students who assisted with the technical and makeup portions of the effort. Commissioner Marseglia also presented a proclamation on behalf of the County to those involved with the production.

The videos are linked to the Bucks County District Attorney YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsbw5PTiI5I.

In addition, the Bucks County District Attorney’s office maintains multiple tip lines – including the text option TIP411 (use the text line “BucksDrugTips”), the telephone tip line 215-345-DRUG (3784) and the e-mail account, drugtips@co.bucks.pa.us.

Commissioner Marseglia, DA David Heckler, and Assistant DA Matt Weintraub hand out proclamations from the Commissioners to the Production Staff