St. Lawrence County’s public health director is assembling a task force to better track and combat the area’s opioid and heroin epidemic. The first meeting is planned for today, Dec.14. While membership has not been firmly established, SLC Public Health Director Dana Olzenak McGuire said she is canvasing widely as she begins the effort. Confirmed participation for the initial meeting includes representation from law enforcement, emergency services, the US and district attorneys’ offices, the county jail, health organizations, health care providers and pharmacists, county coroners and others. See story.