Pennsylvania lawmakers applaud HIDTA designation


The Office of National Drug Control Policy’s (ONDCP) recently designed Pennsylvania’s Westmoreland County as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA), a move supported by Reps. John Joyce (R-PA) and Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA).

“Too many families in southwestern Pennsylvania have been tragically affected by the opioid epidemic,” Reschenthaler said. “Our law enforcement officers are on the front lines battling this epidemic every day, working to keep our communities safe.”

The HIDTA program is aimed at reducing drug trafficking and drug production in the United States. Having a HIDTA designation means an area’s law enforcement receives resources to address regional drug threats.

“Drug abuse and addiction have claimed too many lives in western Pennsylvania, tearing apart families and spurring economic, health, and safety challenges that touch every aspect of our community,” Joyce said. “Ending this dangerous cycle requires a comprehensive approach, and I am encouraged that inclusion in the HIDTA program will provide additional opportunities to stop illicit drug trafficking in Westmoreland County. From the beginning, President (Donald) Trump has pledged to combat the scourge of drug trafficking, and he continues to deliver on his promises to Pennsylvanians and Americans across the country.”