opioid-abuse

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Report: Stigma against people living with addiction entrenched in Pa. | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 5, 2022

Hard hit by the opioid epidemic, Pa. residents take a dim view of people struggling with addiction, a new poll has found.

Senate Democratic panel takes up improving Pa. treatment centers amid rising overdose deaths

BY: - December 7, 2021

Though the Wolf administration and Republican-controlled Legislature have supported bills to make treatment more accessible and regulate the distribution and disposal of medications, overdose deaths have continued to increase, with a three-year high in 2020.

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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.

Amid nationwide injectable Naloxone shortage, Pa. entities rely on Narcan supply

BY: - October 27, 2021

Naloxone, an injectable, intramuscular drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the rapid reversal of opioid overdoses, has been in scant supply since Pfizer, the drug’s maker, ran into manufacturing issues in 2020, causing the price of the Naloxone to soar even as demand for the drug increased during pandemic-fueled shutdowns, The Guardian reported earlier this month. 

On Overdose Awareness Day, families, advocates call for Pa. to ‘recommit’ to fighting opioid epidemic

BY: - August 31, 2021

Joined by the Pennsylvania chapter of Team Sharing, a national nonprofit composed of parents who have lost children to substance use disorder, Smith called on the state government to “recommit” to managing the opioid epidemic. 

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Pa.’s emergency declaration is over. The opioid epidemic isn’t. We have more work to do | Opinion

BY: - August 29, 2021

We call on our leaders to work with those in the treatment space to create more prevention initiatives and ensure that we end this epidemic. 

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Spike in opioid overdose deaths during pandemic reinforces need for a holistic approach to public health issues | Opinion

BY: - June 16, 2021

The start of one new public health crisis didn't mean the end of another.

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Pa. to award $2.7M in grants to help fight addiction | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - April 13, 2021

Communities are still struggling against the opioid epidemic even as Pa. fights the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Wolf extends Pa.’s opioid disaster declaration as COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket | Friday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 13, 2020

A reminder: Pennsylvania is still fighting a public health war on two fronts.

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With overdoses on the rise during the pandemic, Pa. law is moving in the wrong direction | Opinion

BY: - September 16, 2020

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

BY: - August 19, 2020

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, […]

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As the pandemic rages, overdose deaths are on the rise in Pa. | Tuesday Morning Coffee

BY: - July 7, 2020

The state had been on the way to taming its overdose crisis. How the isolation demanded by COVID-19 has reversed that trend.