High-profile trial over who should pay for the opioid crisis begins Wednesday

Two Ohio counties face off against six drug companies in a landmark federal trial to assign responsibility for the deadliest drug crisis in U.S. history.

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.

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.

‘We’re not alone’ — ‘Sesame Street’ tackles addiction crisis

Sesame Workshop is exploring the backstory of Karli, a bright green, yellow-haired friend of Elmo's whose mother is battling addiction.

‘We’re not alone’ — ‘Sesame Street’ tackles addiction crisis

Sesame Workshop is exploring the backstory of Karli, a bright green, yellow-haired friend of Elmo's whose mother is battling addiction.

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.

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.
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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.

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Spotlight PA: We’re investigating the business of drug addiction treatment in Pa. Share your stories.

We're seeking stories of the struggle to access addiction treatment, predatory providers, inadequate or negligent care and a lack of oversight causing harm to vulnerable residents in need of help.

How a former Montco deputy sheriff became the linchpin in a Chinese fentanyl-trafficking network

It started with an email from a sender identified only as "Alex." Within two months, David T. Landis had become a central distributor for an online purveyor of illegal drugs that shipped from China across the globe.

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.

Purdue Pharma family profits from sale of resorts in regions plagued by opioid crisis

The Richard Sackler branch of the family will reap about $60 million after the Peak Resorts deal, according to SEC disclosures.

Bucks doctor’s pill-filled ‘goody bags’ lead to arrest in Pa., N.J. health-care fraud probe

A Bucks County doctor who pushed his patients to accept muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory pills, and other sedatives in sacks he referred to as “goody bags” is among 15 medical professionals charged in a takedown of health care fraudsters in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, federal authorities said.

Camouflaged vaping devices are hoodwinking parents and schools

A computer mouse. A phone case. Backpacks. USB jump drives. These are among the vaping kit options colorfully advertised online.

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.

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