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Hundreds look for solutions at Harrisburg overdose prevention conference - Monday, November 4, 2019

A two-day conference is targeting the overdose crisis in Pennsylvania. Government officials, medical professionals, and law enforcement are at the state Capitol for the event hosted the first time by the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition... (ABC27)

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White House unveils website to streamline search for drug treatment - Monday, November 4, 2019

The White House announced an upgrade Wednesday to a government website that helps people find treatment for substance use, a step officials hope will help address one of the most enduring problems of the opioid epidemic... (Washington Post)

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How well is the commonwealth combating the opioid crisis? - Monday, November 4, 2019

On October 1, Governor Tom Wolf launched his administration’s first Opi­oid Command Center Opioid Summit: Think Globally, Act Locally. The two-day summit, held in in Boalsburg, Pa. in Cen­tre County, gathered 200 Pennsylvani­ans who are helping their communities fight the opioid crisis in community or­ganizations, non-profits, schools, health care organizations, addiction and re­covery centers and in affected families... (Business Central)

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Overcoming An Epidemic: Opioids In Pennsylvania -- Episode 5: Families - Monday, November 4, 2019

Much of the discussion on the opioid epidemic focuses on the people most affected: the ones who are abusing opioids. That makes sense because their lives have been swept up by addiction. But, their families shoulder the impact of the opioid epidemic too... (WPSU)

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AG Shapiro Announces $48 Billion Opioid Epidemic Deal with Five Companies - Monday, November 4, 2019

Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that he and Attorneys General Josh Stein (NC), Herbert Slatery (TN), and Ken Paxton (TX) secured a $48 billion agreement in principle with Cardinal Health, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, Johnson & Johnson, and Teva for their roles in fueling the opioid epidemic. The framework agreed upon includes $22.25 billion in cash and $26 billion in medication-assisted treatment drug provision and distribution over 10 years... (OAG)

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Penn State Tabletop Exercise Addresses Emergency Response to Opioid Crisis - Monday, November 4, 2019

The Penn State Center for Security Research and Education, in collaboration with Penn State Harrisburg, Penn State Homeland Security Programs, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), held a tabletop exercise that addressed first-responder and whole-community response and resilience to the ongoing opioid crisis... (Security Magazine)

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New opioid prescribing guidelines reverse course on strict restrictions - Monday, November 4, 2019

The Department of Health and Human Services reversed course on its opioid guidelines this week and advised doctors that cutting off pain patients' prescriptions suddenly could do more harm than good... (ABC)

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OpEd: Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis has made more grandparents primary caregivers. They need state support. - Monday, November 4, 2019

All across Pennsylvania, grandparents are stepping up to provide care for their grandchildren as a result of the devastating opioid crisis or other difficult circumstances. Right now, there are currently an estimated 89,000 households statewide where older Pennsylvanians are caring for approximately 100,000 grandchildren... (Philadelphia Inquirer)

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Overcoming An Epidemic: Opioids In Pennsylvania -- Episode 4: Warm Handoff - Monday, November 4, 2019

A continuum of care is a network of resources to help people enter and stay in treatment. Learn more about how Pennsylvania is managing this process—known as a warm handoff—for treating people with opioid use disorder... (WPSU)

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Overcoming An Epidemic: Opioids In Pennsylvania -- Episode 3: The Legal System - Monday, October 14, 2019

In this episode, we'll look at how and when the legal system comes in, including Drug Courts aimed at helping people in the court system and a state prison program that trains inmates to offer support to other inmates... (WPSU)

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Overcoming An Epidemic: Opioids In Pennsylvania -- Episode 2: Prevention - Monday, October 14, 2019

Prevention is key when it comes to the opioid epidemic. But it doesn’t always get a lot of attention. In this episode of “Overcoming an Epidemic: Opioids in Pennsylvania,” we’ll look at how one initiative brings schools and families together to prevent problems before they happen... (WPSU)

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Overcoming An Epidemic: Opioids In Pennsylvania -- Episode 1, Stigma - Monday, October 14, 2019

Researchers agree that addiction is a disease. In this episode of Overcoming an Epidemic: Opioids in Pennsylvania, we'll look at how personal stories are being used to fight stigma. And how understanding genetics and the origin of the opioid epidemic might play a role in reducing stigma... (WPSU)

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Gov. Wolf Addresses Opioid Command Center Summit, Highlights Progress Made, Encourages Local Initiatives - Monday, October 14, 2019

Governor Tom Wolf today kicked off his administration’s first Opioid Command Center Opioid Summit: Think Globally, Act Locally, which brought together 200 individuals helping their communities fight the opioid crisis, including community organizations, non-profits, schools, health care workers, addiction and recovery specialists, and families affected by the opioid crisis... (Office of Governor)

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Penn Medicine Receives $22 Million from NIH HEAL Initiative to Address the National Opioid Crisis - Monday, October 14, 2019

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced awards from the Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative (NIH HEAL Initiative), which was launched in April 2018 to improve prevention and treatment strategies for opioid misuse and addiction and enhance pain management. Though this initiative, Penn Medicine has been awarded five grants totaling more than $22 million to apply scientific solutions to reverse the national opioid crisis... (Newswire)

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Wolf Administration Distributes 6,800 Kits of Free Naloxone - Monday, September 30, 2019

The Wolf Administration distributed nearly 6,800 kits of naloxone to Pennsylvanians over the two-week distribution at 95 locations across the state as Part of Stop Overdoses in Pa.: Get Help Now Week. This is the latest initiative of the administration to get help for residents suffering from the disease of opioid-use disorder...(DOH)

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NIH awards nearly $1 billion in research grants to battle addiction, chronic pain - Monday, September 30, 2019

The National Institutes of Health awarded nearly $1 billion on Thursday to battle addiction and chronic pain, the largest financial commitment to one program ever by the government’s premier biomedical research center... (Washington Post)

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Gov. Wolf Calls for End of Stigmatizing Opioid Use Disorder - Monday, September 30, 2019

Today, Governor Tom Wolf joined Independence Blue Cross Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Stephen Fera, and members of the Independence Blue Cross Foundation to call for an end to the stigmas associated with opioid use disorder. The Wolf Administration is holding its second naloxone giveaway day today at 75 locations across the state...(Office of Governor)

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Wolf Administration Kicks off National Recovery Month - Friday, September 6, 2019

Today, the departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and Health (DOH) were joined by individuals in recovery, stakeholders, advocates, and community members in strawberry square to kick off statewide September celebrations of individuals in recovery...(DDAP)

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CDC launches $900M effort to improve drug overdose data - Friday, September 6, 2019

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing more than $900 million to help state, territorial, county and city health departments get better drug overdose data...(Health Data Management)

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Wolf Administration Receives More Than $75 Million to Further Address Substance Use Crisis in Pennsylvania - Friday, September 6, 2019

Today, the Wolf Administration announced that Pennsylvania will receive more than $75 million in additional federal funding over the next year to support efforts to address the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania. This brings the total in federal funding for the state’s opioid response to more than $141 million over the past two years...(DOH)

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Should PA ‘carve out’ behavioral health from physical health or shift to a ‘whole person’ model? - Monday, August 26, 2019

Two legislators are promoting a proposal to change the way thousands of the state’s most vulnerable people get services for mental illness and addiction treatment across the Commonwealth...(Public Source)

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Hospitals to share opioid treatment strategies under $10 million plan - Monday, August 26, 2019

Industry advocacy group Hospital and Health System Association of Pennsylvania is working to get hospitals across the state to share best practices on treating opioid use disorder...(WITF)

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Stimulant use on rise in Pennsylvania - Friday, August 9, 2019

With Pennsylvania’s opioid overdose numbers down, it appears a new epidemic could be on the rise. The state is now seeing a surge in stimulant use, particularly cocaine and methamphetamine. Overdoses involving those drugs are leading some counties to actually report a preliminary rise in overdose deaths so far in 2019...(WBRE)

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A lifesaving, overdose-reversing drug might be slowing the opioid crisis - Friday, August 9, 2019

Prescriptions of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone are soaring, and experts say that could be a reason overdose deaths have stopped rising for the first time in nearly three decades...(USA Today)

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Opioid Distributors Propose $10 Billion to End State Claims - Friday, August 9, 2019

McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corp. have proposed paying $10 billion to settle claims they helped to fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic — the first sign of progress in resolving state lawsuits against the drug distributors, according to people familiar with negotiations...(Bloomberg)

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Cities again see more overdose deaths than country town - Friday, August 9, 2019

U.S. drug overdose deaths had been most common in Appalachia and other rural areas in recent years, but they are back to being more concentrated in big cities, according to a government report Friday...(Associated Press)

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Pennsylvania Opioid Update: Overdose Deaths Down, Upcoming Free Naloxone Distribution, Help for Families and Practitioners - Monday, August 5, 2019

Governor Tom Wolf and health agency secretaries today announced a decrease in opioid drug overdose deaths from 2017 to 2018 and provided an update on efforts moving forward, including tuition and loan financial assistance for substance use disorder medical practitioners, a new hotline to help grandparents and other guardians access resources, and upcoming free naloxone distribution days on Sept. 18 and 25...(Office of Governor)

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Authorities warn of fake prescription pills in Central Pennsylvania that have been linked to overdose deaths - Monday, August 5, 2019

Police are warning residents of fake prescription pills that have appeared in Central Pennsylvania and also been linked to four overdose deaths in California...(Fox 43)

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New Pennsylvania Legislation Seeks to Expand Limits on Opioid Prescriptions - Monday, August 5, 2019

The package includes one bill that imposes a seven-day limit on opioid painkiller prescriptions for all adults, expanding seven-day limits that lawmakers approved in 2016 on prescriptions for minors and emergency room patients...(Street Insider)

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This 6-minute video is the perfect explanation of what happens when you overdose - Monday, August 5, 2019

Most people don't truly understand what’s going on in the body when an overdose occurs, but a new video wants to change that...(Philly Voice)

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New app designed for opioid users, loved ones, providers - Monday, August 5, 2019

A new smartphone app puts a network of information and support about opioid and other substance use disorders into the hands of users, their loved ones and health care providers...(Medical Xpress)

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Trump administration to reduce length of opioid prescriptions for federal employees - Monday, August 5, 2019

The government’s employee health plan will tighten its rules for covering prescription opioid painkillers starting this fall, the Trump administration said Monday...(STAT)

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PA Department of Health says drug monitoring initiative yields positive results - Friday, July 26, 2019

State officials say their prescription drug monitoring initiative is helping with the opioid crisis. The Department of Health says opioid prescriptions are down more than 25% statewide over the last three years...(Local 21)

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Device could automatically deliver drug to reverse opioid overdose - Friday, July 26, 2019

Opioid users tend to be alone and incapacitated during an overdose. Purdue University researchers are developing a device that would automatically detect an overdose and deliver naloxone, a drug known to reverse deadly effects...(Science Daily)

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Drug company executives said they didn’t contribute to the opioid epidemic. Nearly 2,000 communities say otherwise - Friday, July 26, 2019

On May 8, 2018, a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee summoned five executives of the nation’s largest drug distribution companies to testify about the massive quantity of pain pills they had shipped into West Virginia, which has the highest opioid overdose rate in the country...(Washington Post)

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Pending Pa. bill could curb opioid treatment drug - Friday, July 19, 2019

A drug often used to control opioid addiction — but sometimes sold on the street — might become harder to get under legislation moving through the General Assembly even as it draws opposition from doctors...(Post-Gazette)

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The opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania is fueling a crisis in foster care - Friday, July 19, 2019

Pennsylvania had 25,441 children in foster care in 2018, according to the most recent report of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, which works to improve the health, education and well-being of children and youth in the state. Since 2014, the report said, the rate of children served in foster care has increased by 13 percent...(Reading Eagle)

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Program aims to reduce stress and strengthen confidence of parents in recovery - Friday, July 19, 2019

Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance, or PFSA, a leading agency in child protection, rolled out a pilot program last year in response to the opioid epidemic...(Reading Eagle)

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Drug overdoses fell significantly in 2018 for first time in decades, provisional CDC data show - Friday, July 19, 2019

Provisional data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that fatal drug overdoses fell 5.1 percent from 2017 to 2018. If confirmed when the final data is released later this year, the 2018 figure could represent the first significant decline in drug overdose deaths since the 1990s...(Washington Post)

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Prescribed opioids associated with overdose risk for family members without prescriptions - Friday, July 19, 2019

Case control study finds nearly threefold increase in overdose rates for those on same health insurance plan as person with opioid prescription...(Science Daily)

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Bloomberg Philanthropies gives Pennsylvania $10 million to reduce overdose deaths - Friday, July 12, 2019

In November, Bloomberg Philanthropies, headed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, announced a $50 million effort to combat the opioid epidemic across the country. Tuesday marks the launch of the first initiatives funded by this effort, all of them in Pennsylvania...(WHYY)

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Experts: Naloxone helps prevent drug deaths; more work needed - Friday, July 12, 2019

Nearly 200 county sheriffs and sheriff deputies discussed the opioid epidemic Thursday at the 97th annual Pennsylvania Sheriffs’ Association Conference, which is being held at the Bayfront Convention Center. The conference started Wednesday and runs through Saturday...(GoErie)

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Opioid crisis might be easing; legalizing recreational pot is a ‘bad idea,’ top federal prosecutor says - Friday, July 12, 2019

A reduction in reported overdose deaths could indicate the worst of the opioid epidemic is tailing off in Pennsylvania’s midsection, a top federal prosecutor said Friday...(PennLive)

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House approves bill to record use of anti-overdose drug - Monday, July 1, 2019

The state House of Representatives has approved legislation to help health care professionals identify patients who previously overdosed on opioids...(ABC27)

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Drug-overdose deaths on the precipice of declining for first time in decades, CDC says - Monday, July 1, 2019

Drug-overdose deaths may be declining in the U.S. for the first time in decades, officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday...(ABC News)

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Opioid overdose more likely if family member has prescription - Monday, July 1, 2019

Opioid overdoses may be much more likely to happen in families when somebody in the household has been prescribed these drugs, a U.S. study suggests...(Reuters)

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New data shows Pa. doctors are writing far fewer opioid prescriptions - Friday, June 14, 2019

Newly released American Medical Association data shows some good news in Pennsylvania’s ongoing effort to fight opioid abuse: Physician usage of Pennsylvania’s prescription drug database, which helps doctors track people who might be prescription shopping, leaped in between 2016 and 2018...(Capital-Star)

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Department of Corrections’ Evaluation Leads to Insight on Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program Success - Friday, June 14, 2019

Department of Corrections officials today announced results of an internal therapeutic communities (TCs) evaluation, specifically the effectiveness of the DOC's outpatient (OPT) and substance use disorder (SUD) TCs, including recidivism and relapse outcomes and cost benefit analyses...(DOC)

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Proposal would reuse state buildings for treatment centers - Friday, June 7, 2019

Unused facilities owned by the commonwealth would be evaluated for potential reuse as addiction treatment centers under an initiative spearheaded by Rep. Jim Gregory, R-Hollidaysburg...(Altoona Mirror)

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Gov. Wolf on Visit to Opioid Command Center: “This work is making a profound difference” - Friday, June 7, 2019

Governor Tom Wolf today made a surprise visit to the Opioid Command Center at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency to check in on progress and thank the many commonwealth employees who have been staffing this important work group for the past 17 months...(Office of Governor)

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Responding to the Opioid Epidemic - Friday, May 31, 2019

In Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf has been laser-focused on solving the opioid epidemic that has hit the state so hard. Pennsylvania has worked across agencies to develop a three-pronged, comprehensive approach to combatting the crisis: prevention, rescue and treatment...(JDSupra)

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Here’s how Pa. is spending a $56M grant to address opioid addiction - Friday, May 31, 2019

In September 2018, Democratic Governor Tom Wolf’s administration secured the $55.9 million from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Eight months later, the administration has utilized $32.6 million, according to state data obtained by Transforming Health. Here’s a look at the top three areas of spending:..(WHYY)

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Cities And States Look To Big Pharma To Cover Costs Of The Opioid Epidemic - Friday, May 31, 2019

As pharmaceutical companies prepare to square off with states and local communities in courts around the U.S., a growing number of state and local officials say the industry should pay to cover the cost of the nation's deadly opioid epidemic...(NPR)

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This is what opioid abuse in Pennsylvania looks like - Friday, May 17, 2019

From the courthouse to the halls of state government — and seemingly everywhere in-between — Pennsylvania has made fighting the scourge of opioid abuse a priority over the last few years. And while there’s some evidence to show that effort is paying dividends, Pennsylvania, like every other state in the nation, has its work cut out for it...(Capital-Star)

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Pennsylvania attorney general sues Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic - Friday, May 17, 2019

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro says Purdue Pharma is responsible for an opioid epidemic that has ravaged the state. On Tuesday, he announced that he had sued the pharmaceutical giant over it...(CNN)

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Opioid Crisis Medical Practitioners Can Now Get Help with Repaying Education Loans - Friday, May 17, 2019

Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the state will allocate $5 million in federal funding to a loan repayment program for health care practitioners providing medical and behavioral health care and treatment for substance use disorder and opioid use disorder in areas with high opioid-use and a shortage of health care practitioners...(Office of Governor)

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Pa. prisons to extend medication-assisted treatment for drug addiction to incoming inmates - Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Pennsylvania state prisons will soon allow people who are receiving medication-assisted treatment for drug addiction to continue receiving that treatment once in prison, Department of Corrections officials announced Monday...(Post-Gazette)

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Stories sought about lives affected by opioid use disorder - Tuesday, May 14, 2019

The website, ShareYourOpioidStory.com, is a result of a partnership between Penn State, the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and Independence Blue Cross Foundation. It seeks to share stories as a way to spread hope to others battling an opioid use disorder and break down the stigma associated with addiction...(TribLive)

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Pennsylvania drug overdose deaths reportedly dropped in 2018 or first time in five years - Friday, May 3, 2019

The number of drug overdose deaths in Pennsylvania is expected to have declined in 2018, marking the first year-over-year drop in half a decade...(Philly Voice)

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Bill would stop addiction centers from requiring positive drug tests in Pa. - Tuesday, April 30, 2019

A bill in the state House would ban addiction treatment centers from requiring people to test positive for opioids or other drugs in order to get admitted for care...(WHYY)

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Pregnant Women and Babies Affected by Opioid Use Disorder Topic of First Learning Collaborative - Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Today, the Wolf Administration joined hospitals, providers, health plans, and stakeholders for the kickoff of the first Learning Collaborative hosted by the Pennsylvania Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PA PQC) at the Hilton Harrisburg Hotel. The focus of PA PQC is on reducing maternal mortality and improving care for pregnant and postpartum women and newborns affected by opioids...(DDAP)

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Hopeful sign: Drug deaths drop in Pennsylvania for first time in five years - Tuesday, April 30, 2019

For the first time in five years, drug deaths have dropped across the state, a positive but not firm sign that the opioid crisis may be slowing...(Morning Call)

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National Guard, police to destroy unused prescription drugs in collection effort - Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Four out of five people who use heroin start out on prescription drugs. Preventing that from happening is one reason the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs is working with the Pennsylvania National Guard and police to get rid of unused narcotics and other drugs...(WITF)

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Wolf Administration Joins Community Members in Discussion to Break Stigma of Substance Use Disorder - Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Secretary Jennifer Smith joined stakeholders, advocates, and community members for a conversation addressing stigma associated with individuals battling substance use disorder. During the event, participants shared personal experiences and discussed local resources available for individuals in need of treatment services...(DDAP)

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In year 2 of 'war on opioids,' Highmark touts lower prescribing, takes on stigma - Friday, April 19, 2019

In its continued “war” on opioid abuse throughout southwestern Pennsylvania, Allegheny Health Network and Highmark Health in Pittsburgh are working to reduce the stigma surrounding addiction and steer away from defining it as a "moral issue."...(Post-Gazette)

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State Drug Take Back Program targets prescription drugs - Friday, April 19, 2019

The state Office of Attorney General’s Drug Take Back Program has destroyed more than 100 tons of prescription drugs since January 2017, when state Attorney General Josh Shapiro took office...(GoErie)

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Wolf Administration Awards $15 Million in Housing Grants to Help Individuals Battling Opioid Use Disorder - Monday, April 1, 2019

Governor Tom Wolf announced today that the departments of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and Human Services (DHS) have awarded $15 million in federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grants for a new program to provide case management and housing support services for Pennsylvanians with an opioid use disorder (OUD)...(Office of Governor)

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Governor Wolf Renews Opioid Disaster Declaration, Commits to Continued Fight - Monday, April 1, 2019

Amid receipt of preliminary data indicating a decrease in opioid overdose deaths in some parts of the state from 2017 to 2018, Governor Wolf today signed the sixth renewal of his 90-day opioid disaster declaration, highlighting this progress, and noting that Pennsylvanians are still suffering from this disease in epidemic proportions...(News Eagle)

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Governor Wolf Renews Opioid Disaster Declaration, Commits to Continued Fight - Monday, April 1, 2019

Amid receipt of preliminary data indicating a decrease in opioid overdose deaths in some parts of the state from 2017 to 2018, Governor Wolf today signed the sixth renewal of his 90-day opioid disaster declaration, highlighting this progress, and noting that Pennsylvanians are still suffering from this disease in epidemic proportions...(News Eagle)

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Gov. Wolf Touts Efforts to Fight Opioid Epidemic, Expand Take-Back Boxes - Monday, April 1, 2019

Governor Tom Wolf today joined representatives from Walgreens and its partners to outline his administration’s efforts in the fight against the opioid epidemic, including the success of drug take-back boxes...(Office of Governor)

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County-led mental health, drug & alcohol services for 2.9 million Pennsylvanians are in jeopardy | Opinion - Monday, March 25, 2019

Over the last two decades, Pennsylvania has seen steady progress in serving people with mental health and/or substance abuse issues. Even with recent trends such as the opioid epidemic and an increase in suicides, more Pennsylvanians are receiving more and better behavioral health care than ever before... (PennLive)

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Statistics show warm handoffs are getting overdose survivors into recovery programs - Friday, March 15, 2019

The state is working to save lives by getting more counties equip to do warm handoffs. Warm handoffs involve specialists going to emergency rooms to try to get opioid overdose survivors into treatment...(ABC27)

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Cocaine, meth use on rise in Pennsylvania - Friday, March 8, 2019

Methamphetamine and cocaine use are on the rise in Pennsylvania while prescription drug and heroin deaths are leveling off in some areas, data that appear to reflect nationwide trends.

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U.S. Attorney asks doctors to review opioid prescription patterns - Friday, March 8, 2019

U.S. Attorney David Freed sent a letter last week asking more than 300 doctors to review their opioid prescription patterns as part of the office’s ongoing effort to combat the opioid epidemic.

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State and local partnership remains critical in Pa. opioid fight - Friday, March 8, 2019

The opioid addiction crisis continues to hammer families and communities in every corner of Dauphin County and our commonwealth: rural, urban and suburban; rich or poor, this disease knows no bounds and is unlike anything that our county law enforcement and public health professionals have ever confronted.

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Pa.'s opioid crisis by the numbers: From addicted babies to overdose deaths - Monday, February 4, 2019

As part of the emergency effort, Pennsylvania maintains a publicly accessible dashboard of data related to the crisis. The goal is to help communities across the state understand the local impact of the crisis and to fine-tune their response. (PennLive)   

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First opioid overdose of 2019 hits Franklin County, fentanyl use rises in Pa. - Friday, January 18, 2019

Just 12 days into January, Franklin County saw its first opioid overdose of the year. In 2018, that number had reached 32, which was just three deaths less than in 2017...

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Emergency rooms open new paths for opioid overdose survivors - Friday, January 18, 2019

...More than a decade later, O’Donnell, 39, is making sure others have a different experience – and that at least one hospital system’s emergency department is a possible gateway to recovery...

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32 overdose deaths reported in Franklin County in 2018 - Thursday, January 17, 2019

Franklin County, Pa., had 32 overdose deaths in 2018, compared to 35 in the previous year. Franklin County District Attorney Matt Fogal said he doesn’t know whether most people will consider the two numbers to be comparable, a beneficial decrease because of the value of each life, or a sign of a potentially changing tide in the opioid crisis...

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Officials push home visiting programs in fight against addiction - Wednesday, January 16, 2019

State officials and members of law enforcement are pushing home visiting programs that are designed to help families struggling with drug addiction...

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Americans more likely to die of opioid overdose than car crash, council report says - Monday, January 14, 2019

...Injury Facts, an analysis from the nonprofit group National Safety Council, found the lifetime odds of dying by an accidental opioid overdose were 1 in 96, and the odds of dying by motor vehicle crash were 1 in 103...

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Giving Addicts a ‘Second Chance’ - Friday, January 11, 2019

A drug rehab center in Lancaster County has plans to bring a program to Lackawanna County meant to combat opioid overdose deaths. It's called the Second Chance and could mean that drug addicts who interact with police may never face criminal charges...

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Drug overdose death rate increasing the most among middle-aged women, CDC finds - Friday, January 11, 2019

The drug overdose death rate among women in the U.S. has greatly increased, according to data released this week in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s morbidity and mortality report...

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A new app tracks breathing to detect an opioid overdose - Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The app, dubbed Second Chance, monitors its user for breathing problems that foreshadow an opioid overdose. In an emergency, the app could call 911 or send an SOS to friends or family who could provide opioid-counteracting medication...

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Overdose deaths down in Cumberland County, more work needed - Monday, January 7, 2019

In total, 52 people died as a result of a drug overdose in the county in 2018, compared to the current peak of 86 in 2017, according to data provided by Cumberland County Coroner Charley Hall...

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Baltimore and Maryland are among the cities and states facing the worst economic impact of the opioi - Friday, January 4, 2019

Calculating the economic cost of the nation’s opioid overdose crisis has resulted in a wide range of estimates — from $78 billion to $500 billion...

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Carnegie Mellon students develop wristband to detect opioid overdoses - Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A group of students at Carnegie Mellon are working to do just that. Several students spoke to IEEE Spectrum last week to discuss the HopeBand, a wristband tracks certain health measures that may indicate an overdose...

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Pa. sets up online form to report opioid, Rx drug misuse - Wednesday, December 19, 2018

State officials are making it easier for health professionals and the wider public to report suspicions about misuse of prescription drugs, an effort designed to lessen the harm from opioid abuse.

 

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Study: Opioids putting more pregnant women in hospital - Wednesday, December 12, 2018

More women test positive for substance use when hospitalized for a pregnancy-related issue than ever before, a new study of hospitalization records found...

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Updated Pa. guidelines: All ERs should treat addicted patients with medication - Tuesday, December 11, 2018

In an effort to curb opioid addictions, Pennsylvania has announced updated guidelines for doctors prescribing opioid medications in the emergency room...

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Family carries on cause of man who shared addiction issues - Sunday, December 9, 2018

The Dallastown native was an avid supporter of the local chapter of Not One More, a nonprofit organization bringing awareness to the opioid epidemic, and he carefully documented his roughly 10-year battle in journals...

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Wolf Administration to Distribute Free Naloxone on December 13 at Locations Across Pennsylvania as P - Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Wolf Administration will provide naloxone for free to any Pennsylvanian who wants it at nearly 80 locations across the state, primarily at state health centers and county/municipal health departments, on Thursday, December 13 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., as part of the administration’s ongoing effort to reduce the number of opioid overdoses and get residents into treatment.

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New Approach to Opioid Crisis: Supervised Heroin Injection Programs? - Thursday, December 6, 2018

It's not standard practice in the United States, but supervised access to medical-grade heroin may reduce the risk of harm for heroin addicts unable to kick the habit, new research suggests.

 

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School-Based Counselors Help Kids Cope With Fallout From Drug Addiction - Wednesday, December 5, 2018

When Maddy Nadeau was a toddler, her mother wasn't able to care for her. "I remember Mom was always locking herself in her room and she didn't take care of me. My mom just wasn't around at the time," she says.

 

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Can the science of addiction ease compassion fatigue? | Opinion - Tuesday, December 4, 2018

New estimates from the Centers for Disease Control indicate 74,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017, a 10 percent increase over 2016.

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Pennsylvania to get $10 million from Bloomberg group in fight against opioid deaths - Friday, November 30, 2018

Pennsylvania is in line for $10 million in funding from the Bloomberg Philanthropies to help reduce opioid overdose deaths, the New York City-based agency said...

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Pennsylvania Among States With Highest Overdose Death Rates In US, CDC Reports - Thursday, November 29, 2018

A CDC report released Thursday found that Pennsylvania has one of the highest overdose rates in the United States. Life expectancy in the United States declined from 2016 to 2017, yet the 10 leading causes of death remained the same...

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She overdosed in a car with her baby in York County. Now, she shares a story of recovery. - Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Victoria Lau woke to two emergency medical technicians standing over her in the Windsor Commons Shopping Center, and she felt as if everything was crumbling...

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How Geisinger Health System Reduced Opioid Prescriptions - Monday, November 19, 2018

The devastating opioid epidemic in the U.S. is a crisis that was created, in part, by healthcare itself as prescriptions for pain-relieving medications rapidly increased in the 2000s. Now, healthcare is at the forefront in trying to fix the problem...

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Naloxone 'saves' to be followed with home visits to abusers who OD - Friday, November 16, 2018

A police officer, ideally the one who administered the medicine, and a recovery specialist will make a home visit, urging treatment...

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Opioid addiction: There’s no silver bullet, but many avenues for hope, readers say - Friday, November 16, 2018

Sixteen individuals making up a PennLives reader panel – a mix of parents and other readers in addition to a variety of professionals whose work is connected to the epidemic – earlier this week talked through the effects of the crisis on their lives and the places they’re looking to make the changes that will curtail the epidemic...

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Stepping up - Sunday, November 11, 2018

As the opioid epidemic continues to kill thousands, social safety nets and the foster system appear ill-equipped to handle the crisis surrounding the youngest victims of the epidemic: The children left behind when parents die...

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Regulating the unregulated: New PA laws look to enact change in recovery houses - Sunday, November 4, 2018

For Hillegass and many others in recovery, a safe, sober environment to live while getting back on their feet from a battle with addiction is essential. But they’re not always easy to find or properly regulated, putting people seeking help at risk when they’re most vulnerable and leading to relapse, or, in some cases, overdose and death...

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October 2018 deadliest month in York County since start of opioid epidemic,coroner says - Friday, November 2, 2018

Within the past few years, the presence of fentanyl has consistently been present in many of these overdose deaths around the county. It's what Gay and her team believe to be the catalyst for the sudden spike in opioid deaths...

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Berks Opioid Coalition introduces itself at anti-drug abuse conference - Thursday, November 1, 2018

Even as two people have been dying of drug overdoses each week in Berks County, a group of leaders and concerned people from across the county has been working to lessen those numbers...

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Social Stigma Is One Reason The Opioid Crisis Is Hard To Confront - Wednesday, October 31, 2018

There are many reasons why the opioid crisis is so hard to confront. One of them is social stigma. It often extends beyond users themselves, to their families.

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DEA report: Fentanyl fuels rise in overdose deaths in Lebanon County - Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Lebanon County had a relatively slender increase in deaths over the past three years, but faces the same problem haunting all of Pennsylvania: the rise of fentanyl. The strong opioid painkiller was the most frequent drug reported in overdose deaths statewide in both 2016 and 2017, eclipsing even heroin...

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USDA and ONDCP Unveil Latest Tool to Help Rural Communities Address the Opioid Epidemic - Tuesday, October 30, 2018

White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Deputy Director Jim Carroll and U.S. Department of Agriculture Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett today unveiled a listing of Federal programs that can be used to build resilient communities and address opioid misuse in rural communities.

 

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Overdose deaths continue to soar in Pa. How many died in your county? - Monday, October 29, 2018

The rate of 42 deaths per 100,000 people is almost double the national average of 22 deaths per 100,000, according to a recently released report by the federal Drug Enforcement Adminstration and the University of Pittsburgh...

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Wolf Administration Encourages Participation in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Friday, October 26, 2018

Governor Tom Wolf and his administration’s Opioid Command Center, including the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and Pennsylvania State Police, encourages all Pennsylvanians to take part in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) 16th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative tomorrow, October 27, 2018...

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Red Cross Launches Online First Aid Course for Opioid Overdoses - Friday, October 26, 2018

The American Red Cross (AMC) has launched First Aid for Opioid Overdoses, an online course to teach people how to respond to a known or suspected opioid overdose...

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Officials addressing older victims of the overdose crisis - Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Nearly all of the people who died from a drug overdose in Cumberland County last year were under the age of 60, according to coroner’s records. However, this doesn’t mean opioid abuse and the overdose crisis is not a problem for senior citizens...

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How fentanyl, the deadly synthetic opioid, took over Pennsylvania - Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Young and old are paying for it with their lives. Fentanyl was present in 84 percent of Philadelphia's 1,217 fatal overdoses last year, and in 67 percent of the state's 5,456 overdose deaths in 2017...

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Number of drug deaths in Franklin County leads coroner to ask for bigger budget - Sunday, October 21, 2018

Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey Conner has asked county commissioners to increase his budget. He wants to move an on-call employee to part-time in 2019 because of drug-related deaths. Cumberland, Dauphin and York coroners made similar upgrades last year, he said...

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Independence Blue Cross Foundation hosts national opioids conference - Friday, October 19, 2018

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation hosted the Someone You Know: Facing the Opioid Crisis Together — a conference aimed at sharing strategies that promote improving the health of individuals and communities affected by the opioid epidemic...

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Most overdose deaths in Centre County involve fentanyl. This effort aims to cut off the supply - Friday, October 19, 2018

A bill to cut off aid to nations and individuals that produce and distribute fentanyl is germinating in the United States Senate, and it could have a large effect on Centre County residents...

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New State Program to Help Individuals Battling Opioid Use Disorder Find and Maintain Housing in Penn - Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Governor Tom Wolf today announced a new state program that aims to direct $15 million for an opioid housing initiative that will fund a minimum of eight pilot projects in eligible urban and rural communities throughout the commonwealth...

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Major step in heroin fight: Pa. guarantees fast access to meds to help people beat addiction - Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Pennsylvania's seven major health insurers have agreed not to require preauthorization for medications used to treat opioid addiction, removing a barrier that could cost many their chance at recovery...

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Opioid Threat Report: A Joint Report with the Drug Enforcement Administration and University of Pitt - Friday, October 12, 2018

In a collaboration between The Drug Enforcement Administration – Philadelphia Field Division and the University of Pittsburgh, the opioid threat in Pennsylvania is analyzed. This report is a comprehensive assessment of the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania, through the collection and analysis of supply and demand intelligence, as well as detailed county-level analysis of opioid misuse data...

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Rate of overdose deaths on the decline in Cumberland County in 2018 - Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Overdose deaths in Cumberland County nearly quadrupled between 2013 and 2017. However, the county is on pace to see a significant decrease in deaths this year...

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Berks County detox center adds 8 beds for women, creating new options for Lancaster County residents - Wednesday, October 10, 2018

A faith-centered detox center in Berks County — about an hour from Lancaster city — has added eight beds for women, creating new nearby options for Lancaster County residents fighting addiction to drugs and alcohol...

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Boyertown residents stand up to addiction - Saturday, October 6, 2018

Boyertown residents have got a lot to say when it comes to helping their community through the opioid crisis. Their voices were heard loud and clear Saturday during the Addiction Awareness and Recovery Walk, which brought together community members and area organizations to help combat addiction and create awareness...

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Recovery Community Celebrates Fourth Annual Recovery Advocacy Day - Tuesday, September 25, 2018

nearly 200 people participated in Recovery Advocacy Day at the Pennsylvania State Capitol in Harrisburg. The day’s activities aimed to support people in recovery and draw attention to critical prevention, treatment and recovery support services

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Battling opioids - A project of Pennsylvania Public Media - Monday, September 24, 2018

Across the state, Pennsylvania Public Media stations WHYY (Philadelphia), WITF (Harrisburg), WLVT/PBS39 (Greater Lehigh Valley), WPSU (State College), WQED (Pittsburgh), WQLN (Northwestern Pennsylvania), and WVIA (Northeastern Pennsylvania) are collaborating to produce educational programming that focuses on the opioid crisis and its impact...

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Governor Wolf Calls for Passage of Public Health Emergency Legislation to Aid in Opioid Disaster Dec - Monday, September 24, 2018

Governor Tom Wolf today signed the third renewal of his 90-day opioid disaster declaration amid a call to the General Assembly to pass Senate Bill 1001, which would establish a mechanism for a public health emergency..

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After losing daughter to opioid overdose, a mom uses a billboard to turn grief into action - Friday, September 21, 2018

The non-profit organization provides support and resources to families, takes part in community drug-awareness events, and directs those battling drug addiction to help...

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'No stigma here': LVC creates campus house for recovering addicts - Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Alex is just one of an increasing number of students who are saddled with drug and alcohol addiction while attending college, where prevalent partying creates temptations. But for Alex, an opportunity unexpectedly presented itself...

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WPSU to address opioid addiction, recovery with special programming - Tuesday, September 18, 2018

“Battling Opioids,” a collaborative project between Pennsylvania’s public media stations, that aims to bring awareness and provide resources for individuals struggling with addiction. The stations jointly produced “Battling Opioids: A Project of Pennsylvania Public Media,” which will air at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, on WPSU-TV...

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Report: Pain medicine abuse worse than heroin in region - Sunday, September 16, 2018

Those who overdose on opioids in our region are much more likely to land in the hospital because of pain-medicine abuse than heroin, a report shows...

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Drug deaths may be on the decline in Lancaster County, but not the overdoses - Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Fewer people are dying in Lancaster County this year from drug overdoses. This is good news amid the devastating opioid epidemic, which has already taken far too many lives, broken too many families, hurt businesses, and continues to consume tremendous resources...

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Wolf administration kicks off National Recovery Month - Thursday, September 6, 2018

On Tuesday Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Secretary Jen Smith was joined by individuals in recovery, stakeholders, advocates and community members in the Capitol Rotunda to kick off statewide September celebrations of individuals in recovery...

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Want to help tackle the opioid crisis? Share your expertise at Code4PA - Wednesday, September 5, 2018

During the weekend of Sept. 21, teams that convene at four locations across Pa. — including one in Philly — will use open data to develop ideas and tools that tackle one of the following...

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Fatal drug overdoses spike in Harrisburg - Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The city logged 36 overdose deaths through August within its borders, an area of 12-square miles. The grisly toll already has surpassed the year-end toll of 25 deaths for 2017. And there are still four months left in the year...

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For parents of teenagers in addiction, treatment is expensive, daunting — and increasingly hard to f - Tuesday, September 4, 2018

In Pennsylvania, for instance, there are only eight treatment facilities that accept adolescents, said Jennifer Smith, secretary of the state Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. Seven are residential programs. One takes only boys referred through the juvenile justice system...

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Overdoses down in Berks' two halfway houses - Monday, September 3, 2018

Drug overdoses at halfway houses funded by the state Department of Corrections have declined significantly since last year, when newspaper stories highlighted the two facilities in Berks County as having the worst overdose records in the state...

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Events signal start of Recovery Month - Monday, September 3, 2018

A candlelight vigil was held Friday night at Main Street Park in Waynesboro, recognizing those who have lost their lives to overdose on International Overdose Awareness Day...

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Schuylkill County observance honors those lost to drug addiction - Saturday, September 1, 2018

Schuylkill County residents honored the lives lost to addiction Friday, which was International Overdose Awareness Day, at the Community Mission...

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Purple spotlight will be on substance abuse and recovery in September in Franklin County - Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Purple will line the streets in Franklin County and the community will come together in September for a variety of events supporting those dealing with substance abuse and addiction...

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Pennsylvania Opioid Overdose Deaths Up 15 Percent In 2017: CDC - Monday, August 20, 2018

Preliminary figures released by the CDC show a 15 percent increase in opioid overdose deaths in 2017, particularly those linked to fentanyl...

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Overdoses continue to soar, but central Pa. coroner believes progress finally showing - Friday, August 17, 2018

In York County, the fatal overdose trend is still going in the wrong direction, with coroner Pam Gay counting about 25 more deaths than at this time last year..

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College students may face pressures from opioid epidemic's secondary effects - Saturday, August 11, 2018

About one in five college students reported in a survey that they knew someone who was addicted to pain medications, and nearly a third said they knew somebody who overdosed on painkillers or heroin, according to a team of undergraduate Penn State Lehigh Valley researchers.

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Drug treatment court participants talk about comfort - Friday, August 10, 2018

Participants in the Schuylkill County Drug Treatment Court said Thursday that they have abandoned many of the people and things they thought gave them comfort in favor of ones that actually do...

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Berks County sees an uptick in grandparents seeking custody of grandchildren - Thursday, August 9, 2018

The opioid crisis has impacted American families and one of the most significant is that an increasing number of grandparents are having to raise their grandchildren...

 

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Overdose deaths on the decline in Cumberland County - Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Cumberland County is on pace for a significant decrease in both overdose deaths and emergency calls for overdoses in 2018...

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Lancaster County reports drop in overdose deaths - Monday, August 6, 2018

Through the first half of the year, opioid overdoses are down in Lancaster County. According to a report from the county coroner's office, there have been 52 overdose deaths. In 2017 there were 167 for the entire year...

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Governor Wolf: $5 Million Grant Will Assist People Impacted by Opioid Crisis to Find Employment - Thursday, July 26, 2018

Governor Tom Wolf announced today that Pennsylvania has received a nearly $5 million federal grant to provide career services, with a plan to return to work and create a mobile app for individuals impacted by the opioid epidemic, as part of the administration’s comprehensive prevention, rescue and treatment efforts...

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Fighting the Opioid Crisis - Monday, July 23, 2018

Fighting the Opioid Crisis

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Fighting the stigma of addiction - Sunday, July 22, 2018

His struggles with addiction could have remained a private family matter, but they chose to help remove the stigma around addiction by being forthcoming...

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'Beautiful,' yet 'horrific,' artwork opens door to healing - Saturday, July 21, 2018

The presentation is simple: A series of monofilament fishing lines hang from the ceiling, and attached to each small plastic baggies. Inside each baggie is a small plastic crystal bead...

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How One Rural Community Is Fighting to Save Lives from Drug Overdose - Monday, July 16, 2018

“I don’t want another parent to pick out a casket. I don’t want another grandparent to have to look a grandchild in the eye and say ‘your momma is gone.’”

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Opioids Given Too Easily to Children: Study - Monday, July 16, 2018

Many children are prescribed powerful opioid painkillers they don't really need, putting them and those around them at risk, a new study shows.

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Major push on to increase access to addiction medication - Saturday, July 14, 2018

Methadone is one of three medications increasingly used to treat addiction to opioids and is now considered the "gold standard" for treatment. It amounts to the most promising solution, and one that is increasingly backed by evidence, to a soul-sapping aspect of opioid addiction..

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Franklin County Jail's drug treatment program to be model throughout state - Thursday, July 12, 2018

Franklin County Jail is having early success with a treatment program for inmates with a history of drug and alcohol abuse. Most people who participated in the program have not been jailed again...

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Rise in opioid deaths prompts 78-page battle plan to tackle problem - Thursday, July 5, 2018

The opioid epidemic escalated quickly in Lancaster County from 2015 to 2017.

In that time, the number of opioid-related deaths rose from 84 in 2015, to 117 in 2016 to a startling 165 last year.

 

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State of Emergency: Prevention key in opioid battle in Perry County - Sunday, July 1, 2018

It only involves a wave, a question, a show of interest.

The simple act of paying attention to a neighbor is one way health officials hope opioid abuse won't continue to be a problem for another generation.

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News outlets collaborate to share solutions to opioid crisis - Saturday, June 30, 2018

More than 50 print, digital and broadcast news organizations are casting a spotlight on the diverse and sometimes out-of the-ordinary tactics being used to combat the devastating effects of the opioids crisis across Pennsylvania, from the smallest towns to the biggest cities

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Penn State researchers hope website humanizes, helps others affected by opioids - Tuesday, June 19, 2018

“Share Your Opioid Story” is an initiative designed to raise public awareness of the impact of the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania and empower Pennsylvanians affected by the epidemic to talk openly about the effects of opioid addiction. Stories of individuals, family members and friends affected by the epidemic can be found — and shared — online at shareyouropioidstory.com.

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Independence Blue Cross Foundation announces 'Someone You Know,' a public awareness campaign that ad - Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Independence Blue Cross Foundation (Foundation) today announced the launch of "Someone You Know," a multimedia campaign focused on reducing the stigma of opioid misuse and inspiring hope in people seeking help with addiction and recovery.
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The 5 steps every parent should take to keep their kids from abusing drugs and alcohol - Friday, June 15, 2018

When I look back at old photos of my daughters, I'm flooded with fond memories of the early years, when I could tote them on my hip and a comforting hug could solve nearly every hurt or disappointment.

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PHC4 Findings Show Decreases in Hospital Admissions for Overdose of Pain Medication; Increases for O - Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The number of hospital admissions for overdose of pain medication decreased 2.2% between 2016 and 2017. There was an overall increase of 12.7% in the number of heroin overdose admissions between 2016 and 2017—the lowest increase seen in recent years, as average annual increases were about 24% between 2011 and 2016...

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Wolf Administration Offers Advice on How to Spot Potential Drug and Alcohol Treatment Scams - Thursday, June 7, 2018

Wolf Administration officials with the mother of a Pennsylvania man who was recruited to an out-of-state treatment facility today issued a warning to Pennsylvanians to be wary of predatory practices used by some addiction treatment centers and sober living homes, many of which are located outside of Pennsylvania...

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Opioid prescriptions down - Wednesday, June 6, 2018

In Central Pennsylvania, a region adversely affected by the opioid crisis, healthcare giant UPMC Susquehanna is cutting opioid and opiate prescriptions, educating staff and working with the community to better handle people suffering from addiction...

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Opioid death rate accelerates in York County and fentanyl is tied in to almost all cases - Monday, June 4, 2018

After countless prevention efforts and a state of emergency, opioid deaths are still increasing in York County. That’s no surprise to Coroner Pam Gay..

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How many detox beds Lancaster County has, and why there's a push to create more - Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Lancaster County could use more drug and alcohol detox beds, but adding them won’t be easy, according to county Drug & Alcohol Commission executive director Rick Kastner...

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Dauphin County officials say everyone should know how to administer naloxone - Friday, May 18, 2018

Dauphin County's Drug and Alcohol Services Department partnered with the East Shore Pharmacy to teach people how to administer different kinds of naloxone, including a nasal spray and an automatic injection...

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Preventing addiction in middle-aged women - Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Pain medications help a lot of people. In some cases, they're what makes life worth living because they curb extreme pain.

We previously looked at preventing opioid abuse prevention in teens, and now we are looking to prevent abuse in middle-aged women.

ABC News reports middle-aged women are prescribed opioids more than any other group, twice as many as middle-aged men. That makes that group more vulnerable to developing an addiction.

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These Pa. prosecutors are charging heroin dealers with killing their customers. Grieving families ar - Friday, May 11, 2018

Prosecutors in rural York County - which saw 173 overdose deaths last year -  level this homicide-by-heroin charge more often than anywhere else in the state. But still, that's not very often - just 45 times since 2013 - because it is such a difficult charge to prove...

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Inside York's opioid battle: The women who help users stay alive - Friday, May 11, 2018

It's an attitude that officials and advocates in York County have embraced as overdoses rise in this rural county on the Maryland border. Even as its District Attorney's Office has gone after drug dealers with an unusual charge known as "drug delivery resulting in death," the county has also instituted harm-reduction measures more common to larger, more progressive communities

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Overdose deaths in Lancaster County decline, but ER visits increase - Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Overdose deaths in Lancaster County are down in the first three months of 2018, compared to the same period last year, new data show...

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Protecting adolescents from addiction - Monday, May 7, 2018

The Department of Health and Human Services says the vast majority of misuse among teens involves prescription drugs, not heroin.

We asked an expert the best way for parents to steer their kids away from abusing those powerful painkillers. They can abuse their own prescriptions, or those of friends or family.

Sally Kammerer with the Cumberland-Perry Drug and Alcohol Commission says, first inform yourself, then tell your child as early as is appropriate what can happen when drugs are abused. She says, also show them you care about this danger.

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'Bad Batch' of Heroin Hits Hazleton Hard - Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Hazleton police chief is warning his citizens about what he calls a "bad batch" of heroin. He says there were several overdoses in just 12 hours on Friday, two of which were deadly...

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Midstate residents learn how to administer Narcan spray kit - Sunday, May 6, 2018

Would you know what to do if you came across someone who overdosed on opioids? Community members learned when and how to give the reversal drug Naloxone...

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10,000 opioid disposal kits donated to York in effort to curb epidemic - Saturday, May 5, 2018

UnitedHealthcare donated 10,000 opioid disposal kits to York City's Byrnes Health Education Center and Family First Health on Friday, May 4, in an effort to make it more difficult for household drugs to become a pathway to addiction...

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Dauphin County Veterans Court graduation ceremony - Friday, May 4, 2018

Dauphin County Veterans Court will hold its 16th graduation ceremony on May 18th to honor 5 participants for successfully completing the intense rehabilitation program. The ceremony will begin at 11:00am in Courtroom 1, 5th Floor of the Dauphin County Courthouse, 101 Market Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. The Dauphin County Honor Guard will be serving as the Color Guard for the ceremony, as well as Deputy Chief Deric Moody of Harrisburg Police Department serving as guest speaker. Each participant who is graduating will also deliver a speech about his/her experience in Veterans Court. Judge Tully will also be addressing the graduates.

 

Since the program began in 2012, the program has graduated a total of 52 participants, not including the 5 participants who will be graduating on the 18th.

 

A reception, which will be held in the Lawyers’ Lounge (4th Floor of the Courthouse), will immediately follow the conclusion of the graduation ceremony.

 

For more information contact Heather Birchfield, Criminal Justice Assistant/Drug Court and Veterans Court Coordinator, Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office, (717) 780-6767.

 

To learn more about Dauphin County Veterans Court Program click here

To learn more about Dauphin County Drug Court Program click here

 

 

Senate HELP Committee approves opioid bill with major trauma-related provisions - Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee unanimously approved The Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 Act on April 24. The approval was a major step forward in addressing the current epidemic as a public health crisis that requires collaboration among people, communities, families, states, and the federal government.

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Public forum in Carlisle looks for community solutions to the overdose crisis - Monday, April 23, 2018

On Monday Jones, along with members of local law enforcement, the courts, treatment services and schools held an opioid action awareness forum at Wilson Middle School to discuss how the community can come together to solve the overdose epidemic...

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Personal stories set the tone of hearing in U.S. Senate HELP Committee on Opioid Crisis Response Act - Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Some seasoned advocates say legislators are influenced by stories while their staffs are swayed by data. There was some of both at the April 11 hearing on the draft Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018 of the U.S. Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor & Pensions) Committee, but it was the personal stories that gave the sixth and final hearing on opioid legislation emotional resonance.

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Guns & Opioids in America: Time for a Resilience Revolution - Monday, April 16, 2018

It is truly astounding that we have now reached a point in our nation’s history where opioids kill nearly as many Americans as guns. And the trajectories continue to point upward. We have come to expect, and can even reliably predict, the number of Americans who will die by gun every year – and the rate of consistently high, hyperendemic gun violence in America is alarming. As for opioid deaths, we are not sure if we have reached a peak in the epidemic. These devastating numbers, and the traumas they impose upon families and communities, are uniquely American.

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Cumberland County launches opioid intervention court - Thursday, April 12, 2018

Cumberland County launched its opioid intervention court on March 28. Judge Jessica Brewbaker is overseeing the effort...

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Education, treatment see as key in ending opioid crisis - Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Education and successful treatment, no matter how slow change may come, are keys to combating the heroin and opioid crisis that threatens the nation and northwestern Pennsylvania, Erie County District Attorney Jack Daneri told an audience Wednesday night at Harbor Creek High School...
 

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At least five Pennsylvania babies born daily with signs of narcotics withdrawal symptoms - Tuesday, April 10, 2018

In the first 11 weeks after the Jan. 10 opioid crisis disaster declaration, 426 newborns have been diagnosed with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, a collection of signs most closely associated with opiate and opioid withdrawal that appear typically shortly after birth...

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Lt. Gov. Stack promotes "Pathways to Pardons" program - Thursday, April 5, 2018

It's often tough to get a job with a criminal record, but Pennsylvania's lieutenant governor is trying to make that process a little easier through his program Pathways to Pardons...

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Governor Wolf Announces Progress, Renewal of Opioid Disaster Declaration - Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Governor Tom Wolf today announced the renewal of his 90-day opioid disaster declaration, which was introduced in January and set to expire on April 10. The renewal allows for the 13 initiatives introduced in the past 90 days to continue without interruption and for the introduction of new initiatives to help those suffering from opioid use disorder (OUD)...

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His family was 'dismantled' by addiction. And it can happen to anyone. - Friday, March 30, 2018

He shared his family story at the 4th Annual Natalie Cribari Drug Awareness Night at the Best Western Premier in Lower Paxton Twp. on Tuesday. It's a story he repeats because he wants people to realize that addiction can happen to anyone, in any family...

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Pa. man fatally ODs on anti-diarrhea drug in growing threat - Friday, March 30, 2018

There is a new and dangerous overdose threat, and it is found in anti-diarrhea products like Imodium A-D. It is called loperamide, and it can get you high but also take your life...

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Attorney in recovery addresses drug treatment court - Thursday, March 29, 2018

An attorney afflicted with addiction hit rock bottom, but is now back on top. She addressed addicts who are on their road to recovery..

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Schuylkill County Youth Summit looks at combatting drug epidemic - Saturday, March 24, 2018

Fighting the opioid epidemic and other drug and alcohol abuse requires youths to spread the word to other youths, a recovering addict told more than 100 people assembled Friday for the Schuylkill County Youth Summit...

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Wolf Administration Takes Step to Help Law Enforcement Combat Synthetic Fentanyl - Thursday, March 22, 2018

The Wolf Administration today announced synthetic fentanyl-related substances will now be classified as Schedule I drugs, making them illegal substances...

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Wolf Administration Unveils PA Overdose Information Network - Monday, March 19, 2018

Wolf Administration officials held a press conference today to unveil the latest effort to combat the opioid epidemic in response to the disaster declaration Governor Tom Wolf declared on January 10...

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Wolf Administration Continues to Address Opioid Crisis, Unveils Opioid Data Dashboard to Provide Dat - Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Governor Tom Wolf today continued his administration's fight against the opioid epidemic by unveiling an opioid data dashboard that provides Pennsylvanians battling the epidemic with an innovative new tool to help focus resources locally...

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Should patients in drug treatment need to go through counseling? - Wednesday, March 7, 2018

State Rep. Kerry Benninghoff on Tuesday introduced a bill that would require every patient who's receiving medication-assisted treatment for addiction to also go through counseling...

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ERs in Pennsylvania, Delaware report huge increases in opioid overdoses - Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Emergency department visits for opioid overdoses are up nationwide, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show. They increased by 81 percent last year in Pennsylvania and by 105 percent in Delaware, the second-highest level in the nation...

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Will state court ruling granting immunity to drug users who self-report ODs have a wide impact? - Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Will a new state court ruling that shields drug users from some criminal prosecution if they call 911 to report their own overdoses have a wide impact across Pennsylvania?

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Charity that arose from overdose death of young mom gets honors, funding boost - Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Like so many parents who lost a child to the opioid addiction crisis, Wendy Loranzo vowed to do whatever she can to help spare others the pain of burying someone they love...

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York County Coroner issues warning after 12 overdose deaths in 9 days - Monday, March 5, 2018

The York County Coroner's Office issued a warning Sunday, March 4, after 12 people died from suspected heroin/fentanyl overdoses in nine days - six over a 48-hour period...

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Overdoses rarely lead to prosecutions - Monday, March 5, 2018

Last year in Pennsylvania, 261 people were criminally charged with dealing drugs that caused deaths. Around 20 times that number died from overdoses...

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A look at the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania - Friday, March 2, 2018

Later this month WITF joins Pennsylvania Public Media stations for focused, statewide coverage on the opioid epidemic. Thursday March 29 is dedicated to discussing the impact of opioids on our friends, neighbors and loved ones

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Governor Wolf Announces End to Policy that Delays Access to Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder - Thursday, March 1, 2018

At a press conference at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland today, Governor Tom Wolf announced an initiative to remove barriers to people receiving medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder..

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Pennsylvania drug overdose deaths outpacing all other states - Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The number of drug overdose deaths in Pennsylvania is increasing more rapidly than drug deaths in any other state in the nation, according to new data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

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Babies addicted to opioids: A crisis crying for a count - Friday, February 23, 2018

About 2 percent of all babies born in Pennsylvania - 2,700 a year - are exposed to addictive drugs while in their mothers' wombs, according to the only comprehensive estimate, widely considered to be a low figure...

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AmeriHealth to offer anti-opioid drug at no cost to members - Tuesday, February 20, 2018

AmeriHealth New Jersey has changed its benefits policy to include a no-cost share offer to its members for Narcan and Naloxone – drugs used to reverse the effects of opioid overdoses quickly.

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PA opioid epidemic is focus of Clarion University conference - Monday, February 19, 2018

Clarion University will host "Communities in Crisis - PA Opioid Epidemic" from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 12 in the multi-purpose room of Gemmell Student Complex. Dr. Rachel Levine, acting secretary of health for Pennsylvania, will be the keynote speaker...

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Biggest Pa. Health insurer 'declares war on opioids,' using limits, data to fight addiction - Monday, February 19, 2018

Health insurer Highmark will use analytics to help Pennsylvania doctors more safely treat the pain of patients with work-based coverage through Highmark, and also detect and help patients who become addicted.

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Cumberland County suing opioid manufacturers, distributors - Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Cumberland County is the latest to join a number of governments suing opioid manufacturers and distributors for allegedly misleading the public and medical community about the dangers of using opioids.

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HOPE AND HEALING FOR CHILDREN OF ADDICTION - Wednesday, February 14, 2018

COA Awareness Week is a national – and international – awareness campaign to break the painful silence and offer hope to vulnerable children impacted by parental addiction. We collectively provide tools to help communities educate professionals and parents to the issues at hand, and how to help these kids and teens who live in homes that are stressful, and sometimes frightening.  With addiction now a national health epidemic, and communities across the country struggling with ever-increasing drug overdoses, the impact on children today is staggering.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Pennsylvania's drug treatment industry is growing rapidly and it raises concerns - Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Pennsylvania drug abuse treatment industry, stoked by an out-of-control opioid drug crisis and a multitude of people desperate to survive it, has mushroomed in size.

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New group urges adults be kids' anti-drug choice - Saturday, February 3, 2018

Officials in Cumberland and Perry counties have launched a campaign to increase positive interactions between adults and young people to reduce and prevent drug abuse, with the help of volunteers from the...

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'Do no harm': Dauphin County commissioners sue opioid manufacturers, doctors - Wednesday, January 31, 2018

HARRISBURG - Do no harm.  That is the cornerstone of the medical practice, and it's an oath the Dauphin County commissioners say some in the profession have violated, costing many lives and millions of dollars.  

 

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Pennsylvania Launches New Interactive Database for Drug Prescribing and Overdose Information - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

The Wolf Administration today announced the launch of a new interactive data report system that provides information on opioid prescribing and drug overdoses that will help the Opioid Operational Command Center identify communities that are experiencing spikes in overdoses...

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Safe injection sites to fight opioid overdose deaths get green light from Philadelphia officials - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

After a year in which overdoses outstripped the murder rate by 4-1, librarians ran outside to save people from overdosing, and makeshift heroin camps sprawled under bridges and on street corners, Philadelphia city officials Tuesday took their most radical step yet against the opioid crisis...

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Prescription Drug Monitoring Program: Interactive Data Report - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

This tool gives you an interactive look at controlled substance prescribing and drug overdose trends at the state and county level.

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Cumberland County to begin Opioid Intervention Court - Monday, January 22, 2018

Cumberland County will soon deploy a new tool it hopes will stem the rising tide of overdose deaths. On Feb. 5, the county will begin an Opioid Intervention Court that has been spearheaded by Common Pleas Judge Jessica Brewbaker...

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Ex-Addicts Embrace Life While Enduring Fatal ODs Around Them - Saturday, January 20, 2018

Nine years after he pulled the trigger on committing suicide, Hiles loves the life he lives today, helping one kid with homework, getting another to baseball practice - everything he had once dreamed about. But while he's living proof that addiction isn't a death sentence, it keeps claiming lives all around him...

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Langerholc bill would provide job training for recovering addicts - Thursday, January 18, 2018

The "Recovery to Work Pilot Program" would pair local workforce development boards across the state with individuals rebuilding their lives, State Sen. Wayne Langerholc Jr said...

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Wolf asks Trump for more money to fight opioid epidemic - Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday asked the federal government to provide more funding for the opioid abuse crisis and took a swipe at the Trump administration for failing to act on the recommendations of its own drug-fighting commission...

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Wolf declares opioid crisis a state emergency - Wednesday, January 10, 2018

In a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Tom Wolf declared a state of emergency over Pennsylvania's ongoing opioid overdose crisis.

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Beware these 7 myths of opioid addiction - Thursday, January 4, 2018

Think you know everything you need to know about opioid addiction? Consider these seven myths first. Myth #1:  People with opioid use disorders (addictions) fit a certain profile.

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Fighting the opioid crisis - Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The heroin and opioid epidemic is the No. 1 public-health and public-safety challenge facing Pennsylvania. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that, in 2016, more than 4,600 Pennsylvanians died from overdoses - a 37 percent increase from the previous year. An average of 13 Pennsylvanians die each day from overdoses, and the death toll is likely to keep rising.

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Feds employ data-driven early warning system in opioid fight - Monday, January 1, 2018

Authorities have been going after so-called "pill mills" for years, but the new approach brings additional federal resources to bear against the escalating epidemic.

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Life Expectancy Drops Again As Opioid Deaths Surge In U.S. - Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Life expectancy in the U.S. fell for the second year in a row in 2016, nudged down again by a surge in fatal opioid overdoses, federal officials report Thursday.

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ABC27 launches reports on ‘Fighting the Opioid Epidemic’ - Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Every day in Pennsylvania alone, opioids kill 13 people. ABC27 News decided to try to help do something, so we’re beginning a new weekly series called “Fighting the Opioid Epidemic.”

 

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Governor Wolf Signs Legislation to Regulate Recovery Homes - Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Governor Tom Wolf today signed Senate Bill 446 to give the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) regulatory authority to license or certify recovery homes that receive public funds or referrals from state, county, or federal agencies.

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As opioid deaths rise, so too does cost to investigate them - Tuesday, December 19, 2017

As fatal overdoses continue to spike, county coroners and prosecutors are at odds over whether to conduct autopsies on every suspected drug death.

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Drug and Alcohol Deaths at U.S. Workplaces Soar - Tuesday, December 19, 2017

The number of U.S. deaths at work from unintentional drug and alcohol overdoses jumped more than 30% in 2016, according to new government data, showing that the nation's struggle with a deadly opioid epidemic is migrating to the workplace.

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Finding Hope: A young woman's journey back from heroin addiction - Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Steele would go on to overdose two more times in the span of a week in the fall of 2016, she said, but with her mother's and doctor's support, she has been able to get clean.

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Prosecutors file record number of drug delivery resulting in death charges - Sunday, December 17, 2017

Determined to attack the opioid crisis, Pennsylvania prosecutors filed a record number of charges this year against those who supplied drugs that caused fatal overdoses.

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This Pa. county finds hidden overdoses, counts them accurately - Friday, December 15, 2017

In the statewide opioid crisis, public information can be slow to come.

Important statistics, like the number of overdoses per county, can take months to receive. For example, 2016 overdose rates by county in Pennsylvania were released on July 27, 2017. It took almost eight months for state residents to learn the number of fatal overdoes had climbed 37 percent and that fentanyl, not heroin, was the top-killing drug in Pennsylvania.

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Heroin crisis turns back clock on grandparents, making them struggling parents again - Monday, December 11, 2017

In Pennsylvania, about 88,000 grandparents are raising 195,000 grandchildren. In about 40 percent of those cases, drug or alcohol addiction is the main reason for the children being placed with the grandparents. But these figures don't tell the full story. Many more grandparents are raising their children under arrangements without knowledge or involvement of children and youth services. ...(PennLive)
 

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Tracking the opioid crisis a challenge - Monday, December 11, 2017

It's the beginning of December, and Chuck Kiessling can't tell you how many opioid overdose deaths the 67 members of the Pennsylvania Coroners Association handled last year...(Times Online)

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Pa. does not regulate addiction recovery houses, and lawmakers say that's hurting fight against opio - Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Pennsylvania does not regulate addiction recovery houses. As the opioid crisis takes center stage, state lawmakers are pushing for reforms that could bring higher standards and more funding to facilities that bill themselves as crucial steps in the recovery process.

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Attorney General Shapiro pushes to improve reporting of opioid deaths - Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Wednesday that there has been a lack of consistency among the state’s 67 coroners and medical examiners on how they are reporting opioid overdose deaths.
Noting he is not singling anyone out or criticizing the coroners in any way, Shapiro, speaking at the Lawrence County Courthouse, said it is important to push for greater standards in reporting the deaths so health and law enforcement officials can correctly identify where help is needed and for the public to be properly informed on what is going on in their communities.
 

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Pa. hotline links those in need with help to confront opioid addiction - Tuesday, November 28, 2017

One of the most frequent complaints that Jennifer Smith, acting secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, hears from family and friends concerned about loved ones’ opioid abuse is that they don’t know how to access treatment.

 

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PA's Drug, Alcohol & Suicide Death Rate Could Jump 46 Percent In Next 10 Years, According To Report - Monday, November 27, 2017

The death rate in Pennsylvania from drugs, alcohol and suicide could increase 46 percent over the next decade. That’s according to a new report released by Well Being Trust, a national foundation that aims to improve mental health.

 

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Lancaster panel: Addicted employees deserve chance to work - Tuesday, November 7, 2017

What can employers do when the opioid epidemic hits their employees?

They might have a knee-jerk reaction to fire workers who have addiction issues or turn a blind eye to the problem. But that response does little to help the addict and may ultimately do more harm than good to the employer, several addictions experts said during a recent panel discussion.

 

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Washington and Harrisburg could be on the same page with the opioid crisis - Sunday, November 5, 2017

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, wants Congress to pass the Combating the Opioid Epidemic Act.

The bill was sponsored by U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and introduced Oct. 25. The bill would put $4.5 billion into states annually for drug programs for 10 years.

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Banking department offers opioid-related advice for financial professionals - Thursday, November 2, 2017

The opioid epidemic touches every segment of society. Even the financial services community.

Many investment advisers report that they have clients or client family members struggling with opioid abuse, according to a Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities press release issued Thursday.

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Act 40 of 2017 establishes the Emergency Drug and Alcohol Detoxification Program - Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Act 40 of 2017 establishes the Emergency Drug and Alcohol Detoxification Program, Kaufer said, and encourages existing health care facilities to provide medically supervised detoxification and ensure emergency drug and alcohol detoxification services are available in community hospitals.

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Trump and the opioid battle: What you need to know - Friday, October 27, 2017

President Donald Trump has declared America's opioid crisis a "public health emergency." But what does that mean?

At least 59,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2016, the New York Times points out — with opioid addiction a critical factor — and 2017 is on track to surpass that figure.

In Pennsylvania, there were 4,642 fatal drug overdoses in 2016, a 37 percent increase over 2015, the state Attorney General's office has said.

 

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Stemming the rising tide of opioid abuse takes 'a community and family' - Tuesday, October 24, 2017

The numbers told the story.

Many in the crowd of more than 65 people attending a meeting on the opioid crisis in Upper Allen Township Monday night gasped when learning that Cumberland County has experienced a nearly 1,550 percent increase in drug-related overdose deaths from 2004 to 2016.

"In 2016 we recorded 66 deaths from opiate overdoses," added Charlie Hall, Cumberland County Coroner. "Just last night the county reached 69."

 "Opiate abuse in this area is out of control," said Det. Trent Mellott of the Upper Allen Police Department. "Ten years ago we didn't hear about anyone using heroin. Now it is to a point that we have a couple overdoses per week."

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Deadly combination of cocaine, fentanyl 'changes the game' - Monday, October 23, 2017

Cocaine is getting a lot more dangerous.

Health and law enforcement officials in several states, including Pennsylvania, are warning that the drug is increasingly being laced with the highly addictive painkiller fentanyl, considered 100 times more powerful than morphine.

On Friday, an assistant director with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said after authorities seized its first batch of cocaine laced with fentanyl that the drug combination “changes the game” because it turns what he said was “typically considered to be a party drug” into a far more deadly and addictive substance.

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Gov. Wolf: More Narcan for overdoses, but then treatment - Friday, October 20, 2017

Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Friday plans to give 120,000 doses of the anti-overdose drug naloxone to emergency responders statewide, and also endorsed legislation that would allow relatives to force struggling users into substance abuse treatment.

 

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Penn State social science researchers collaborate to study opioid epidemic - Wednesday, October 18, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Drug overdoses from prescription opioids, heroin, and synthetic opioids have increased by 20 percent since 2015, killing some 64,000 Americans last year. In response, social science researchers at Penn State are leading initiatives to combat the increasing rates of illicit drug use.

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Penn State Health to establish medication-assisted opioid treatment program - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Penn State Health is leading creation of a new system to ensure people in south central Pennsylvania with opioid use disorder receive the treatment they need. The new system’s “hub-and-spoke” model is aimed at revolutionizing the way the disease is managed by recognizing medication-assisted treatment as the gold standard of care and providing a way to fast-track people with the disorder into treatment.

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Governor urges passage of legislation to combat Heroin and Opioid Epidemic - Monday, October 16, 2017

Harrisburg, Pa. – Governor Wolf today urged the General Assembly to consider an important set of bills aimed at providing Pennsylvanians with the tools they need to prevent and fight the heroin and opioid epidemic. These bills would limit over-prescribing, further regulate recovery homes, require opioid education in schools, and provide a humane path to require treatment. Last year, Governor Wolf signed five key bills that became law.

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Innovative Research and the Opioid Epidemic: Are We Closer to Finding Solutions? - Friday, October 13, 2017

As the opioid epidemic continues to intensify, innovative scientific solutions provide much needed hope to alleviate the suffering of the tens of thousands of Americans. Experts discuss the role of research, implications for public health and the role of pharmacists in addressing the crisis. Webinar Recording - Original air date: October 13, 2017. To view slides only visit https://www.researchamerica.org/sites/default/files/OpioidWebinar_MasterDeck.pdf

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Opioid crisis: Researchers employ new method to track overdose victims - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

(Statewide) A new way to collect and organize data could be the answer to tackling the years-long opioid overdose epidemic. The University of Pittsburgh's Program Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) is working with Pennsylvania officials to standardize death data from overdose victims...(Fox News)

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University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania coroners coordinate data on drug overdoses - Saturday, October 7, 2017

(Westmoreland) A more complete picture of statewide overdose death statistics is slowly coming together on a website operated by University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy researchers...(TribLive)

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PA Offering $5M Worth Of Naloxone To First Responders - Friday, October 6, 2017

(Statewide) Pennsylvania will spend $5 million on the overdose-reversal medication naloxone to help first responders fight the toll of the opioid epidemic, state officials announced Thursday...(WESA)

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Yaw Announces 'State of Addiction' Public Hearing - Thursday, September 28, 2017

(Statewide) State Senator Gene Yaw (R-23), Chairman of the Center for Rural Pennsylvania Board of Directors, announced today that the Center will hold a public hearing in Williamsport on Thursday, October 26, 2017 to gather information on what is being done at the federal, state and local levels to tackle the state's heroin and opioid epidemic.

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These Are The Surgeries With The Highest Risk Of Chronic Opioid Use - Tuesday, September 26, 2017


Overprescribing pain pills after surgery led to a surplus of 3.3 billion unused opioids in 2016, a glut of extra drugs that likely contributed to the United States’ burgeoning opioid crisis, according to a report released by the research firm QuintilesIMS Institute on Tuesday.

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No cost to taxpayers as county sues opioid manufacturers - Monday, September 25, 2017

(Dauphin) Dauphin County commissioners today retained a law firm to take to court companies believed to be manufacturing and aggressively marketing addictive opioids...(PennLive)

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Heroin death changes Pa. family with no secrets: 'We're in year 12 and we still have bad days' - Friday, September 22, 2017

(Statewide) The Cribari family lost Natalie Cribari to heroin addiction in 2006. Before that she was an average American teenager including a Central Dauphin Cheerleader, right. After mourning her death the family pulled together and formed the Natalie Cribari Drug Awareness Fund that helps people and families battle addictions...(PennLive)

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State monitoring program reduces prescription drug abuse - Sunday, September 10, 2017

By Matthew Rink

Pennsylvania was one of the last states to implement a prescription drug monitoring program, but it has been critical in reducing doctor shopping, the state’s physician general said.
 

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Prescription drug monitoring programs evaluated by Penn State researchers - Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Published in Penn State News, 8/17/17

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The Intern vs. the Epidemic: Public health student takes his classroom knowledge to the streets - Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Article on public health student dealing with opioid crisis in Massachusetts

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New Interactive Map Highlights State-Specific Trends in Opioid-Related Hospitalizations - Tuesday, September 5, 2017

New Interactive Map Highlights State-Specific Trends in Opioid-Related Hospitalizations

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Pa. insurers taken in by national heroin addiction treatment scam - Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Source: PennLive, 7/28/2017

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STAT forecast: Opioids could kill nearly 500,000 Americans in the next decade - Tuesday, September 5, 2017

By Max Blau @maxblau, June 27, 2017

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Breaking the Opioid Habit in Dentists’ Offices - Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tina Rosenberg, FIXES JULY 10, 2017

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Opioid prescribing is still high and varies widely throughout the U.S. - Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Half of U.S. counties seeing fewer opioid prescriptions

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The Opioid Epidemic Is Literally Changing Kids’ Brains - Tuesday, September 5, 2017

One effect: These children are more likely to use drugs later in life.

Julia LurieJul. 5, 2017 6:00 AM 

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Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit: Helping Faith and Community Leaders Bring Hope and Healing to Our - Friday, September 1, 2017

In 2015 alone, more than 33,000 people in the United States died of opioid overdose, which is over 90 people each day. This toolkit, developed by the HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, contains practical steps your organization can take to bring hope and healing to those and the millions more suffering the consequences of opioid abuse disorder.

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Pain Management and the Opioid Epidemic: Balancing Societal and Individual Benefits and Risks of Pre - Thursday, July 13, 2017

Drug overdose, driven largely by overdose related to the use of opioids, is now the leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States. The ongoing opioid crisis lies at the intersection of two public health challenges: reducing the burden of suffering from pain and containing the rising toll of the harms that can arise from the use of opioid medications. Chronic pain and opioid use disorder both represent complex human conditions affecting millions of Americans and causing untold disability and loss of function. In the context of the growing opioid problem, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched an Opioids Action Plan in early 2016. As part of this plan, the FDA asked the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine to convene a committee to update the state of the  science on pain research, care, and education and to identify actions the FDA and others can take to respond to the opioid epidemic, with a particular focus on informing FDA’s development of a formal method for incorporating individual and societal considerations into its risk-benefit framework for opioid approval and monitoring.

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Millennials prefer healthy habits, less likely to choose opioids to manage pain - Thursday, September 14, 2017

Survey finds millennials regret opioid use, lack knowledge on proper disposal

Often spending their days hunched over phones, tablets or computers and their free time at spin class or playing sports, millennials are the next generation poised to experience chronic pain. Even at their young age, millennials say acute and chronic pain are already interfering with their quality of life.

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Overdose News Bulletin - Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Pennsylvania Association of County Drug and Alcohol Administrators

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