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

(Statewide) 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

(National) 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

(Statewide) 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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