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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 […]

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Report: Philly Drug Overdose Deaths Jumped to New Record in 2017

A report from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health on Tuesday shed some light on just how dire and damaging the city’s opioid crisis has […]

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Carrying Naloxone While Black: When Saving a Life Could Cost Me My Own

Not all Good Samaritans are seen the same way. A few summers ago, high temperatures caused a wave of heat-related illnesses and deaths across Philadelphia. I was […]

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Opioid-Related Deaths in Pa., New Jersey Outpacing National Average

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pennsylvania and New Jersey are among the states hardest hit by the opioid epidemic, which […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]