Pa.’s criminal legal system increases overdose deaths and makes recovery impossible | Opinion
By Sean Fogler and Carla Sofronski In 2021, over 5,300 Pennsylvanians lost their lives to a preventable drug overdose. Pennsylvania policy makers and local government officials have led the charge in fueling this historic public health crisis. While there are many factors contributing to this horrific toll, Pennsylvania’s criminal legal system stands alone in its […]
Philly lawyer found his higher calling by starting an org to combat addiction stigma
'Addiction is a family disease caused by ineffectively managed emotional pain,' Kevin Hyer said.
National addiction treatment locator has outdated data and other critical flaws
'It’s scary, because if you go to use the site, it’s got invalid information,' one physician said.
‘No one is immune’: DDAP encourages Pa. workers, health care workers, to invest five minutes to better understand addiction
The online learning platform, known as Just Five, launched in May 2021 as a way to improve Pennsylvanians' understanding of addiction and substance use disorder, reduce the stigma surrounding the disease, and provide individuals with helpful resources.
Don’t wait until after the holidays to seek treatment | Opinion
You don't have to suffer in silence; tell your loved ones if you are battling addiction or mental health struggles.
Fighting addiction in COVID-19: ‘We need the ability for families to say, this is really hard right now’
By Brittany Hailer PITTSBURGH — Angela attends as many as four Narcotic’s Anonymous (NA) virtual sessions a day. She calls into an outpatient program nine hours a week. She checks in with her sponsor, doctor, counselor, case workers, old friends, and her mother who currently has custody of her children. Angela relapsed after five years […]
How Pa. is continuing to help those with the disease of addiction | Opinion
Opioid deaths were down in Pennsylvania in 2018. But the Wolf administration is still working hard to remove barriers to treatment.