The Biden administration has officially designated illicit fentanyl adulterated with xylazine as an “emerging drug threat.” Shown are bags of heroin, some laced with fentanyl, on display before a press conference on a major drug bust, at the office of the New York Attorney General, Sept. 23, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

White House rolls out strategy to battle deadly drug mixture of fentanyl and xylazine

BY: - July 11, 2023

The street drug known as 'tranq' has taken a deadly toll in Philadelphia, the Capital-Star has previously reported.

U.S. Rep. Chris Deluzio, D-17th District (Capital-Star file).

Pa.’s Deluzio joins U.S. House’s bipartisan fentanyl prevention caucus

BY: - March 24, 2023

Congress has to 'fight from all angles to keep this deadly drug out of our communities,' the western Pennsylvania lawmaker said.

A man prepares to inject himself with heroin (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images).

As fentanyl use spikes, feds urge states to ease methadone rules

BY: - December 22, 2022

A new national survey shows rapidly expanding use of methadone to fight opioid use disorder.

A woman, Jackie Springer of Shippensburg, looks at a picture of her son, Austin Springer, as she talks about his death from overdosing on fentanyl.

Mastriano pitches 25-year mandatory sentences for fentanyl dealers in fatal overdose cases

BY: - June 27, 2022

With parents whose children died of fentanyl overdoses, Republican gubernatorial nominee Doug Mastriano proposed 25-year mandatory minimum sentences for dealers who provide deadly overdoses of the drug


How the pandemic spread fentanyl across the U.S, causing overdose deaths to spike | Analysis

BY: - November 24, 2021

Fentanyl and fentanyl analogs were responsible for almost two-thirds of the overdose deaths recorded in the 12 months ending in April 2021.

DePasquale to Legislature: Legalize fentanyl test strips

BY: - October 16, 2019

Pennsylvania should join two other states and Washington, D.C. in legalizing fentanyl test strips, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said Wednesday. The strips let people test for the presence of fentanyl — a synthetic opioid 50 times stronger than heroin — in drugs they possess. DePasquale called them “the best preventative measure available so far” to […]

Pa.’s Pat Toomey teams with Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer on fentanyl bill

BY: - April 5, 2019

The bill would get tough on fentanyl imports and manufacturing from China.

State Sen. Mike Regan wants tough mandatory sentences for fentanyl dealers. Opponents say it’s a ‘step back’ in the failed ‘War on Drugs’

BY: - March 3, 2019

It’s been four years since the state Supreme Court invalidated the state’s mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses, wiping them all from state statues in a 3-2 ruling. The decision conformed with broader criminal justice reforms sweeping the nation, which sought to remedy the harsh sentencing laws and high incarceration rates that proliferated during the […]


This is why Pa. needs tougher mandatory sentences to fight fentanyl abuse | Opinion

BY: - February 28, 2019

It is time we take serious action to get not only the dealers but the actual fentanyl off our streets.