Heroin addiction

The Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg.
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The first Veritas Film Festival continues through Thursday at the Rowland Theatre in Philipsburg and the Ritz Theater in Clearfield.

Hollywood filmmaker Spencer Folmar grew up in the Philipsburg area. He returned to his hometown this week to bring the Veritas Film Festival to the community. Over the course of the past week, Veritas has screened a variety of films that Folmar said all share a common thread.

If you think heroin isn’t a concern in your community, think again. Experts now say every community in Pennsylvania has a heroin problem.  Pennsylvania now ranks 3rd in the nation for heroin use and 7th for overdose deaths. What’s behind these alarming statistics—and why are only a fraction of those who need treatment getting it? WPSU's Patty Satalia talks with psychiatrist Timothy Derstine, medical director of SunPointe Health Medication Assisted Treatment program.  Unlike many treatment programs, his requires psychosocial therapy in addition to prescribing medication.