I cover the opioid epidemic in the Philadelphia region.

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Pa. is treating more opioid overdoses as homicides. Defense lawyers are learning to fight back.

Harm-reduction advocates say such harsh punishments hearken back to failed War on Drugs-era policies that criminalize drug use instead of treating it.

Chester County woman accused of faking cancer in $10K fund-raising scam faces additional charges in Delaware

Jessica Ann Smith, 31, was arraigned Monday in Chester County on charges of receiving stolen property and theft by deception. She's now also facing charges of identity theft and criminal impersonation of a law enforcement officer in Delaware.

Teen fatally shot near Germantown Avenue in West Mount Airy, another wounded

A 17-year-old boy was fatally shot and another was wounded by gunfire Monday in the Pelham section of West Mount Airy, Philadelphia Police said.

Philly part of national effort to cut new HIV infections by 90% over 10 years

The CDC has determined that most of the country’s new HIV cases are concentrated in just a few cities and counties, including Philadelphia.

Doctors who get gifts from opioid makers more likely to prescribe large amounts, study finds

Compared to doctors who received no money, psychiatrists and neurologists who were paid more than $100 by pharmaceutical companies were seven to 13 times more likely to prescribe more opioids than nearly all of their colleagues in the following year.

Philly’s needle exchange prevented 10,000 HIV diagnoses, but fentanyl means new cases are up

Without the exchange, the study found, Philadelphia would have seen 15,248 HIV diagnoses associated with injection drug use between 1993 and 2002.

Top Philly doctors make huge sums — through Big Pharma consulting side gigs

Nearly two-dozen area doctors, among them some of the region’s most prominent health-care leaders, received more than $1 million in industry payments over five years.

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.