opioid-abuse

Philadelphia safe-injection site will not open – for now

BY: - February 28, 2020

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

BY: - January 14, 2020

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.

‘We’re on the front lines every day’: How county officials in Appalachia are fighting opioid abuse

BY: - January 8, 2020

The 13 states that make up Appalachia, including Pa., spent a year studying the toll abuse has exacted on their counties, and looked for a way forward.

Pennsylvania physicians announce support for safe injection sites

BY: - November 25, 2019

In Philadelphia, these sites could save 24 to 72 lives a year and $74 million in health care costs, research showed.

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Pa.’s Fitzpatrick rolls out bipartisan bill aimed at fighting fentanyl trafficking | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - November 25, 2019

One of the country's most targeted incumbents reaches across the aisle. Will it be enough?

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Pa. needs to expand access to this life-saving drug that fights opioid abuse — not restrict it | Opinion

BY: - November 21, 2019

Access to buprenorphine is already limited in Pennsylvania because of existing restrictions set in place by the nation and the state. 

With safe injection sites, ‘Somebody has to go first.’ It could be Philadelphia

BY: - November 17, 2019

Without Prevention Point and naloxone, Philadelphia health commissioner Thomas Farley estimates, the city’s already staggering overdose death toll — more than 1,100 last year in a city of 1.6 million — would be much higher.

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Naloxone can be a lifesaver during opioid overdoses. Why don’t more people carry it? | Opinion

BY: - October 21, 2019

As opioid-related deaths have soared, programs working to get naloxone into the community have increased in response to the need.

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 […]

Philly state lawmaker says supervised injection sites aren’t the answer to fighting drug use. So he wants to ban them

BY: - October 3, 2019

A federal judge ruled in favor of the site Wednesday, prompting Williams to call for a statewide prohibition.

Treating people with addiction and pain is one of the most ‘difficult’ areas of medicine. There are new guidelines to help

BY: - September 18, 2019

A task force of health care providers convened by the Wolf administration released guidelines for treating patients with opioid use disorder and pain on Wednesday.

On Sept. 18 and 25, Pennsylvanians can pick up free naloxone at 87 sites statewide

BY: - September 17, 2019

The anti-overdose drug, key to fighting the opioid epidemic, has saved more than 25,000 lives statewide, Gov. Tom Wolf's office said.