Police Launch Investigation Into Drugging Claims at the Dolphin

The facade of the Dolphin. (Photo via Google Maps)

The facade of the Dolphin. (Photo via Google Maps)

Earlier this week, we told you that we spoke with five people who claim that they were drugged at the Dolphin on South Broad Street and that there were more people out there. Well, since publishing that story, we’ve heard from some and seen accounts written by other people who say they were victimized. At this point, we’ve seen or heard at least 20 allegations, and there are reportedly even more. And now, the Philadelphia Police Department is getting involved. Read more »

Seven Women Say They Were Drugged at Popular South Philly Bar

Philadelphia restaurant owner Heather DeRussy is one of the seven women who claim they were drugged at the Dolphin in South Philadelphia. (Photo by Claire Hoffman)

Philadelphia restaurant owner Heather DeRussy is one of the seven women who claim they were drugged at the Dolphin in South Philadelphia. (Photo by Claire Hoffman)

UPDATE: The Philadelphia Police Department has launched an investigation into these drugging claims at the Dolphin. For the full story, click here.

ORIGINAL:

Heather DeRussy is a married mother of five who owns two bar-restaurants in Philadelphia. She enjoys a drink or two after a busy day at work. But on one recent night when she stopped off at the Dolphin in South Philadelphia to relax, things didn’t go as planned. Read more »

Why the FDA Approved Local Firm’s Abuse-Deterrent Opioid

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Photo courtesy Egalet

That Egalet Corporation is in the Philadelphia area is due to one man: Robert Radie.

Well, kind of. Radie joined Egalet’s board in March of 2012 as the first U.S.-based employee, having worked in the Philadelphia area since 1991. (Originally a New Englander, he’s from here now.) He successfully led several drug companies that were later acquired, including the Pfizer’s purchase of Vicuron Pharmaceuticals for $1.9 billion.

When he joined Egalet, the company was still based in Europe. It had been founded in Værløse, Denmark in 1995. But after Radie joined, the company eventually moved its headquarters to Wayne.

“One of the attractive aspects of this area is access to talent,” Radie tells Philadelphia magazine. “And you know because of the proximity to larger pharmaceutical companies in the general area from the Philadelphia area into New Jersey… I think also the local advocacy group Pennsylvania Bio is a very active group that is a proponent for the biotech and health services health services industries. So there’s just a lot that that makes this area the right place for a company like Eaglet.”

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How Drug Busts in Kensington Could Make Things Even Worse

Philadelphia police drug bust press conference

Photos via @PhillyPolice

The police laid the drugs, the money, and the guns on the table. The cameras rolled. And another victory in the drug war was declared.

After a string of at least 35 polydrug overdose deaths earlier this month, the cops moved in. From December 14th to 16th, Philadelphia police made 176 arrests in the East Detective Division, which includes Feltonville, Hunting Park, Juniata, Kensington, Port Richmond, and other parts of North Philly. At a press conference on the 20th, they showed off 21 guns, almost $50,000 in cash, and what the department said was $200,000 worth of heroin and other drugs. Read more »

There’s a Good Way to Fight Heroin Overdoses, but You’re Going to Hate It

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The injecting room at Vancouver’s Insite, North America’s first legal self-injection drug site. | Courtesy Insite

The news from last weekend was grim. Nine people, ranging in age from 20 to 40, died of drug overdoses. They included Victor Colon, a man the Daily News described having a “heart of gold.” There would have been more deaths, per Action News, but police revived four people with the overdose-reversing drug Narcan.

The weekend was part of a harrowing stretch of 35 fatal drug overdoses between December 1st and December 5th. The news for this entire year is grim, too: The medical examiner’s office says there could be as many as 900 fatal drug overdoses in 2016, and police have used Narcan to save 125 people. According to a report from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health in June, heroin overdose deaths spiked in 2011 and have remained high ever since. Read more »

MLB Clears Ryan Howard in Drug Probe

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Major League Baseball announced today it had cleared Phillies slugger Ryan Howard in its investigation into the Al Jazeera performance-enhancing drug report released late last year.

The international media giant’s report into the world of sports doping used an undercover athlete to secretly record people peddling PEDs. It linked Howard, two-time Super Bowl champ Peyton Manning, Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman and others to edge-enhancing drugs. MLB cleared Zimmerman today also; the NFL is investigating other football players named in the report.

“This thorough investigation did not find any violations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program by either Howard of Zimmerman,” MLB said in its statement. “Both Howard and Zimmerman fully cooperated with the Office of the Commissioner’s investigation.” Charlie Sly, the pharmacist secretly recorded in the report who accused the two baseball players, did not cooperate with MLB. Read more »

Drug-Resistant Superbug Found in Pennsylvania Woman

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A terrifying strain of drug-resistant bacteria has made its first appearance in the United States — in a Pennsylvania woman.

The report, posted online Thursday as an accepted paper in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, says the E. coli found in a woman in the Keystone State “heralds the emergence of truly pan-drug resistant bacteria.”

A woman, 49, came to a Pennsylvania clinic and was found to have a rare strain of E. coli that is resistant to colistin. Read more »

ACME Now Selling Overdose-Reversal Drug NARCAN at Pennsylvania Pharmacies

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The ACME Sav-On Pharmacy in the Lawrence Park Shopping Center in Broomall. (Photo courtesy ACME)

The country is the midst of an opioid overdose epidemic. The CDC estimates 89 people die every day from an opioid-related overdose in the United States. Pennsylvania officials say that, in 2014, 2,400 people were killed by drug overdoses. Heroin and opioid overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the state.

Amazingly, there is a drug — Naloxone, commonly known by the brand name NARCAN — that can immediately reverse an overdose by reversing the depression opioids cause in the central nervous and respiratory systems. Research has shown that availability of naloxone does not encourage people to use opiates more.  Read more »

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