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Addiction

More fatal overdoses now caused by smoking drugs than injecting them, CDC says

Drug Overdoses Smoking

Opioids

As fentanyl increasingly taints cocaine and other stimulants, drug testing strips are needed to save lives, officials say

drug test strips

Opioids

Pa. lawmakers propose involuntary hospitalization for people who overdose, but skeptics worry about potential harm

Involuntary Commitment Overdose Bill

Opioids

Fatal overdoses reached another all-time high in Philadelphia last year

Philly Overdose Deaths

Government

Supervised injection sites barred in most Philly neighborhoods after City Council overrides Jim Kenney's veto

Supervised Injection Site Law

Government

Mayor Kenney to veto bill that prohibits supervised injection sites in most parts of Philly

Supervised Injection Site Veto

Government

City Council moves to prohibit supervised injection sites in most of Philadelphia

Overdose Prevention Sites City Council

Addiction

Over-the-counter Narcan to be sold at major retailers starting next week

Over-the-counter Narcan

Men's Health

Addiction research shows the influence that social factors have on men's health

Overdose Rate Men

Investigations

Dog revived with Narcan after overdosing with its owner in Kensington, PSPCA says

Dog Overdose Kensington PSPCA

Addiction

White House gives xylazine unprecedented 'emerging threat' designation

Xylazine Emerging Threat White House

Opioids

Over-the-counter Narcan to be available by late summer, manufacturer says

Narcan nasal spray

Government

Methadone vans, overdose prevention services to be covered by Philly's opioid settlement funds

Philadelphia Opioid Settlement

Addiction

With 'tranq dope' afflicting more drug users, Philly steps up overdose response training and wound care

Xylazine Tranq Philadelphia Overdoses

Opioids

Fentanyl test strips made legal in Pennsylvania in hopes of reducing overdose deaths

Education

Camden County schools will receive naloxone kits in effort to prevent opioid overdoses

Addiction

Naloxone access varies widely in Pennsylvania – and so does the likelihood of surviving an overdose

Health News

Life expectancy in New Jersey fell by 2.6 years during the first year of COVID

Life expectancy New Jersey

Addiction

They call it 'tranq' — and it's making street drugs even more dangerous

Tranq drug

Addiction

As overdose deaths surged early in the COVID-19 pandemic, racial disparities also grew

Overdose Racial Disparities

Mental Health

Philadelphia expands grief counseling program for children of overdose victims

Philly Bereavement Counseling

Government

Bill to legalize fentanyl test strips passes Pennsylvania House committee

Addiction

Teen overdose deaths are increasing but drug use is at an all-time low

Counterfeit prescription pills

TV

John Oliver cites Philly's former plan for supervised injection site; advocates for harm-reduction approach to opioid addiction

John Oliver Harm Reduction

Investigations

Uncle charged in fatal fentanyl overdose of 12-year-old nephew in Camden County

Fentanyl uncle nephew

Prevention

Philly rolls out first free Narcan dispensers at Blackwell Regional Library

Narcan dispenser Philly Library

Mental Health

Suicides by drug overdose increasing among young people, seniors

Suicide by drug overdose

Lawsuits

Philly joins Pennsylvania's $1 billion opioid settlement after initial criticism from city officials

Philadelphia Pennsylvania opioid settlement

Opioids

Nearly one million overdose deaths have been reported since the beginning of the opioid crisis, research finds

Opioids

Fentanyl increasingly being found in recreational drugs, Camden County warns

Fentanyl Camden County

Investigations

'Massive' spike in overdoses in Berks County prompts warning about dangerous batch of heroin in area

Berks County Overdoses

Lawsuits

Philly D.A. Krasner sues Pennsylvania A.G Shapiro's office over 'unacceptable,' opioid settlement

Larry Krasner opioid lawsuit

Courts

Pennsylvania part of $26 billion national opioid settlement with distributors, manufacturer

Opioid Settlement Pennsylvania

Opioids

Philly's opioid crisis has been worse than ever amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Opioid deaths 2020

Opioids

Opioid overdoses are killing more Black Philadelphians, but fewer white residents

Philly Black Opioid Deaths

Opioids

Philly health officials warn 'fentanyl is in everything' as meth, PCP overdoses rise

Fentanyl Philly Overdoses

Addiction

Philly plan for opioid overdose prevention site shot down in federal court reversal

Safehouse Philly Opioids Court

Opioids

FDA requires opioid labels to recommend overdose-reversing Narcan

FDA naloxone opioid

Addiction

South Philly building owner pulls plug on Safehouse opioid overdose prevention site

Safehouse canceled

Opioids

Safehouse's plan to open overdose prevention site in South Philly sparks contentious reaction

Safehouse OPS Site

Addiction

Philly outlines safety plan for Safehouse overdose prevention site

OPS Philly Safehouse

Adult Health

U.S. life expectancy increases for first time in four years, CDC report shows

CDC life expectancy rises

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