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News and Announcements

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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