Opioid Epidemic

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The Opioid Crisis Is Worsening Homelessness in Philly. Solving the Problem Is a Matter of Survival

It’s another perfectly shitty day to be homeless in Philadelphia. Cold, wet and pitiless. T.S. Eliot famously said that April is the cruelest month, but […]

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This Non-Drug Therapy Could Replace Opioids for Pain Management

As the clinical director of neuromodulation services at MossRehab, Michael Saulino is always looking for new ways to treat nerve pain in patients that don’t […]

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Prevention Point Needle Exchange Kept 10,000 People From Contracting HIV Over 10 Years, Study Says

When Prevention Point first began distributing clean syringes to drug users in order to prevent infectious diseases like HIV and Hepatitis C, it was technically […]

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City Life

Progressives, Your Support for Safe Injection Sites Is “White Lives Matter” by Another Name

Last week, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that a proposal from Safehouse, a nonprofit advocating to open a privately funded safe injection site in […]

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City Life

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

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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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City Life

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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City Life

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 […]

City Life

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 […]

City Life

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 […]

City Life

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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City Life

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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City Life

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 […]