Opioid Epidemic


Larry Krasner Sues Big Pharma, Drops All Marijuana Possession Charges

On the same day a Philly.com op-ed was published in which Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner (and Mayor Kenney) admitted the failure that was the […]

crack epidemic, kenney, krasner, safe injection sites

Kenney and Krasner: Criminalizing Crack Addiction Was a Mistake

Philly Mayor Jim Kenney and District Attorney Larry Krasner declared on Thursday that criminalizing crack addiction in the 1970s and ’80s was a mistake. In an […]


If Opioids Are a Public Health Crisis, Let’s Admit the Crack Epidemic Was Too

Growing up, I was taught that people addicted to drugs were criminals who should be jailed for their poor judgment. This was in the ’90s, […]

safe injection sites, opioids, opioid crisis, overdose epidemic

Philly Just Announced Plans for the Nation’s First Safe Injection Site

It’s official: Philly is embracing plans to open the nation’s first safe injection site. At a press conference on Tuesday, officials detailed the grim effects of […]

opioid overdose crisis

Philly Sues Opioid Manufacturers, Says They’re to Blame in Overdose Crisis

On Wednesday, Philadelphia joined more than 200 cities around the country that have sued opioid manufacturers over their apparent role in the overdose crisis. The […]

safe injection site, heroin, drug use, opioid epidemic, opioids

How Close Is Philly to Opening the Nation’s First Safe Injection Site?

We’re not even two weeks into 2018, and one of the year’s major hot topics is already clear: safe injection sites. On Tuesday, Philly’s stance […]


SEPTA Officers Revive Pregnant Woman Who OD’d Twice in One Night

A pair of SEPTA Transit Police officers saved the life of an unidentified pregnant woman on two separate occasions after she overdosed on heroin twice […]

krasner, conrail, safe injection site

Krasner: Safe Injection Sites Work

As the conversation surrounding safe injection sites ramps up following a cleanup of the city’s most notorious spot for heroin users, Philly DA candidates are weighing […]


OPINION: Neighborhoods Are Bearing the Cost of the Conrail Heroin Camp Cleanup

When the city demolished the Conrail drug community in Kensington, it was as if Carrie Nation herself had returned from the grave to swing her […]

brian o'neill

Boston Globe Alleges “Turmoil” at Brian O’Neill’s Addiction Treatment Centers

Main Line developer Brian O’Neill was plunged into controversy last week following a concerning report on two of his luxury Massachusetts-based addiction treatment centers. The Boston Globe and online […]


WATCH: Tony Luke’s PSA for New Anti-Opioid Initiative

Tony Luke Jr. is blown away by all of the support he’s received for his new #BrownAndWhite initiative, which is looking to change the narrative about heroin addiction by sharing […]


First Elephant Tranquilizer Overdose Deaths Reported on Main Line

It seems that not a day goes by without us hearing about yet another opioid-related tragedy in Philadelphia, particularly in Kensington and surrounding neighborhoods. But […]


Endo to Remove Opioid Medicine From Market at FDA’s Request

Pharmaceutical company Endo International has graciously heeded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s call to remove its opioid painkiller, Opana ER, from store shelves. On […]


Tony Luke Wants to Change the Conversation About Heroin Addiction

  Tony Luke Jr. knows drug addiction. The cheesesteak scion was hooked on crystal meth as a teen in South Philly and his son, Tony […]


FDA Asks Endo to Pull “Risky” Opioid Painkiller From Market

On Thursday, the Food and Drug Administration made an unprecedented move when it asked Malvern-headquartered Endo Pharmaceuticals to remove its opioid painkiller medication, Opana ER, […]