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U.S. Attorney threatens to close Philly supervised injection site if it opens before appeals courts weigh in

Possible drug seizures, arrests and forfeiture proceedings are all on the table, U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain in an Oct. 11 letter sent to Safehouse's backers and obtained Tuesday by the Inquirer.

Philadelphia’s landmark supervised-injection site ruling has boosted such efforts in other cities

Experts say the case sets an important precedent in a legal fight that’s gained considerable momentum as the opioid overdose crisis has killed tens of thousands.

After a landmark federal ruling, what’s next for Philly’s supervised injection site?

There's still much to be done before the nation's first official supervised injection site can open in Philadelphia.

Judge: Philly supervised injection site proposal does not violate federal law

The decision will shape the legal debate surrounding supervised injection sites in several U.S. cities that are also considering, and in some cases have authorized, the opening of such facilities.

Pennsylvania’s overdose crisis is shifting, new DEA report finds

Now, counties in eastern and central Pennsylvania are considered to be at the epicenter of the state’s overdose crisis, according to the DEA’s report.

In a city plagued by opioids, the use of cocaine and meth is on the rise

They haven’t replaced heroin and other opioids, depressants that remain the dominant drugs of choice. More people, intentionally or not, are mixing drugs that offer the opposite effects.

Drug rehab medical director sentenced to 3 years plus in prison for health-care fraud

Domenick Braccia pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud during his employment with Liberation Way.

Hepatitis A case confirmed at Kensington doughnut shop

Since January, Philadelphia has been battling a hepatitis A outbreak that sickened 154 people by August and led officials to declare a health emergency.

Hospital stays for opioid overdoses are decreasing around Pa., but still high in Philadelphia

At the same time, hospital admissions for overdoses on stimulants like cocaine and amphetamines — though not as common as opioid admissions — have spiked in the last three years.

Federal government helps Bucks County go after drug traffickers and suppliers with new designation

The county is the latest to join the Liberty Mid-Atlantic High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.