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At Philly Court Hearing, a Wrenching Preview of Fight Over Safe Injection Sites

Jose Benitez was rattling off statistics from memory under cross-examination from U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain. 15,000 people served last year at Prevention Point, the city-sanctioned nonprofit […]

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Camden Researchers Are Collecting the Brains of Deceased Opioid Overdose Patients

Thomas Ferraro is always on the ready. At any moment, the Cooper Medical School at Rowan University (CMSRU) professor could get a phone call that […]

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How Data Analytics Has Curbed the Prescription of Opioids in Philly

Though the opioid epidemic is not nearly as bad as it was in 2017 when the misuse of prescription painkillers resulted in more than 5,000 […]

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The Paradox of Narcan: It Saves Lives, but Masks the Extent of the Opioid Epidemic

Naloxone, the opioid overdose reversal drug, saves lives. This is a fact. It is why the state of Pennsylvania undertook what it claimed was one […]

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A Philly Photographer on His Decade of Documenting the Opioid Epidemic

Jeffrey Stockbridge did not come to photograph the opioid epidemic in Philadelphia by seeking it out. He spent his time, as a photography student at […]

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The Opioid Epidemic Is Slashing Philly’s Overall Life Expectancy

Life expectancy in Philadelphia is on the decline — and officials say drug overdoses are a major driving factor. The just-released Health of the City […]

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The Fight Over Safe Injection Sites Isn’t Really About Safe Injection Sites

“Cities and counties should expect the Department of Justice to meet the opening of any injection site with swift and aggressive action.” That was Lower […]

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Melania Trump Will Visit Philadelphia on Wednesday

Melania Trump will make an appearance in Philadelphia on Wednesday. The Associated Press reports that as part of a tour focusing on the opioid epidemic, the First […]

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Here’s What Kenney’s Opioid Disaster Declaration Means for Kensington

Mayor Jim Kenney is getting serious about Philadelphia’s overdose epidemic — particularly in Kensington, where the crisis is most prevalent. On Wednesday, the mayor signed […]

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Feds: We’ll Crack Down on a Safe Injection Site in Philly Immediately

The Trump administration is not happy with Philadelphia’s plan to open a supervised injection site. Months after the city first announced that intention, U.S. Deputy Attorney General […]

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Meet Mike Newall, Poet Laureate of the Opioid Epidemic

Mike Newall, the Philadelphia Inquirer metro columnist, is 40 years old, Irish, Catholic and intense. He is pleasant and kind but doesn’t often laugh; he […]

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Independence Blue Cross Announces Big Drops in Opioid Prescriptions and Use Among Members

Independence Blue Cross says it’s making headway in fighting the opioid crisis. The insurer’s efforts over the last four years have led to a dramatic […]

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From Sex Offender to CEO of Recovery Homes for Women

People in recovery for opioid addiction are among the most vulnerable members of society. So when they check into a recovery home, sometimes sent there […]

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Northern Liberties Man Indicted by Feds in Huge Opioid Crisis Fraud Probe

It’s not Joseph Lubowitz’s first time in the news. The 29-year-old man, who went from drug user to CEO of Humble Beginnings Recovery Centers, has […]

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Report: Pa. Has Nation’s Second-Highest Rate of Opioid-Related Doctor Arrests

Opioid-related deaths in Pennsylvania are outpacing the national average, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Between 2015 and 2016, the state saw […]