Spike in opioid overdose deaths during pandemic reinforces need for a holistic approach to public health issues | Opinion
The start of one new public health crisis didn't mean the end of another.
Substance abuse, alcohol consumption rises during pandemic, state officials say
While all of the 2020 data has not been released yet, state health officials said in April that preliminary data show there were at least 422 more overdose deaths in 2020 than in 2019.
Pa. to award $2.7M in grants to help fight addiction | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Communities are still struggling against the opioid epidemic even as Pa. fights the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wolf extends Pa.’s opioid disaster declaration as COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket | Friday Morning Coffee
A reminder: Pennsylvania is still fighting a public health war on two fronts.
With overdoses on the rise during the pandemic, Pa. law is moving in the wrong direction | Opinion
COVID-19 is exacerbating the opioid epidemic. Arrest is not the answer. Prosecution is not the answer. We need to do better.
Amid pandemic, Wolf signs 11th renewal of opioid disaster declaration
Gov. Tom Wolf renewed the state’s opioid disaster declaration for an 11th time on Wednesday, saying the work to combat opioid abuse continues, even as the state works to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. “The work that is enabled by this declaration is vital to saving the lives of so many Pennsylvanians, providing education and treatment, […]
As the pandemic rages, overdose deaths are on the rise in Pa. | Tuesday Morning Coffee
The state had been on the way to taming its overdose crisis. How the isolation demanded by COVID-19 has reversed that trend.
With Trump veto threat looming, Pa.’s Toomey pushes for new weapon in fight against fentanyl
The proposal has been caught up in the fiery culture war over whether to rename American military installations that bear the names of former Confederate officers.
Racializing Philly’s overdose prevention site is the wrong thing to do | John N. Mitchell
You know that you have reached the fork in the road when you arrive upon an issue so incendiary that justifications for both its support and its opposition are logical and abundant.
What’s in a name? When it comes overdose prevention sites? Everything
Last week, not long after news broke that a planned safe injection site for South Philadelphia had hit a brick wall, a friend and colleague texted me with a simple question: What if Safehouse’s project had been called an overdose prevention site or an overdose prevention clinic, instead of a safe injection site? Would that […]
Philadelphia safe-injection site will not open – for now
A representative of the South Philadelphia medical center set to rent space to a nonprofit for the nation’s first supervised injection site said the medical center will no longer allow the site to operate in its building.
States ‘are our eyes and ears,’ top lawmaker says as Pa. asks Congress for help in opioid crisis
States have been trying to respond to a growing problem of addiction and overdose to opioids and other drugs. Overdose deaths have dropped in Pennsylvania.