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. 


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. 


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.

Substance abuse, alcohol consumption rises during pandemic, state officials say

BY: - May 26, 2021

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

BY: - April 13, 2021

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

BY: - November 13, 2020

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

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, […]


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.

With Trump veto threat looming, Pa.’s Toomey pushes for new weapon in fight against fentanyl

BY: - July 1, 2020

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

BY: - March 14, 2020

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

BY: - March 8, 2020

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 […]