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?


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.


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.


How Pa. is continuing to help those with the disease of addiction | Opinion

BY: - September 11, 2019

Opioid deaths were down in Pennsylvania in 2018. But the Wolf administration is still working hard to remove barriers to treatment.


An opioid success story: Efforts to minimize painkillers after surgery appear to be working | Analysis

BY: - September 8, 2019

It is important to educate patients well before their surgeries so they know their expected level of pain after their surgery and the different medication and procedures in place to minimize that post-operative pain.

Pa. hospital trade group launches new collaborative effort to fight opioid abuse

BY: - August 20, 2019

Looking to close that communication and information-sharing gap, Pennsylvania's hospital industry trade group on Tuesday launched a two-year effort aimed at getting hospitals from Perkasie to Pittsburgh to adopt evidence-based best practices to get patients on the road to recovery.


Opioid epidemic may have cost states at least $130 billion in treatment and related expenses — and that’s just the tip of the iceberg | Opinion

BY: - August 16, 2019

By Joel Segel, Douglas L. Leslie, Gary Zajac, Max Crowley, and Paul L. Morgan The devastating health effects of the opioid epidemic have been well documented, with over 700,000 overdose deaths and millions more affected. And Americans are learning more every day about the role drug companies and distributors played in flooding towns and cities across […]