Federal judge calls hearing on Safehouse’s supervised injection site proposal

Safehouse will get at least one day in court to present evidence on their plan to open a site.

Overdoses in Pennsylvania declined in 2018 — but the state is still losing 12 people a day

About 4,492 people died of overdoses in Pennsylvania in 2018, and an opioid was involved in 82 percent of the deaths.

Overdoses in Pennsylvania declined in 2018 — but the state is still losing 12 people a day

About 4,492 people died of overdoses in Pennsylvania in 2018, and an opioid was involved in 82 percent of the deaths.

Bloomberg announces Pennsylvania projects in its $10M overdose-prevention initiative

The funding will help more than 100 hospitals develop treatment strategies for opioid use disorder, support the use of medication-assisted treatment in state prisons, and train sheriffs on harm reduction.

Bloomberg announces Pennsylvania projects in its $10M overdose-prevention initiative

The funding will help more than 100 hospitals develop treatment strategies for opioid use disorder, support the use of medication-assisted treatment in state prisons, and train sheriffs on harm reduction.

Nonprofit behind Philly supervised injection site plan demands its day in court

The nonprofit’s lawyers reiterated their argument that supervised-injection sites are legitimate medical interventions designed to save lives.

Nonprofit behind Philly supervised injection site plan demands its day in court

The nonprofit’s lawyers reiterated their argument that supervised-injection sites are legitimate medical interventions designed to save lives.
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What to expect when your city is expecting a supervised injection site: Lessons from around the globe | Perspective

The Inquirer wanted to hear from the people on the ground who made some of these sites a reality (or are actively trying do so) with the hope that as Philadelphia moves forward, those involved can learn from the hard work of people who have already been through the process.

Eight months after Kensington’s disaster declaration, progress is tempered by the realities of the opioid crisis

The magnitude of the opioid epidemic here is so great that it can obscure even significant progress.

New Jersey first state to authorize paramedics to provide addiction-treatment drug to overdose victims

State health officials believe it’s the first program of its kind in the country.

Oklahoma judge signs state’s $85M settlement with opioid drugmaker Teva

A judge in Oklahoma has signed off on the state's $85 million settlement with Israeli-based Teva Pharmaceuticals following a squabble between the attorney general and the Legislature and governor over how the deal was structured

Six months in, Philly assesses its smoking ban in inpatient rehabs

City officials say more people are seeking inpatient drug treatment despite a ban on smoking in city-funded facilities, but advocates are skeptical.

Two bills in Pa.’s legislature would place restrictions on medication-assisted treatment for addiction

Doctors already have to register with the federal government to prescribe the addiction treatment drug buprenorphine, but a new bill would also require them to register with the state.

U.N. health agency to remove controversial opioid guidelines

The World Health Organization says it will discontinue two publications calling for easier access to opioid painkillers in response to allegations that the pharmaceutical industry influenced the reports.

To stem the tide of overdose deaths, pharmacies across New Jersey gave out free doses of naloxone

On Tuesday, 175 pharmacies handed out doses of naloxone for free, as part of a pilot program organized by the state Department of Health.

Rendell: Feds have better things to do than go after supervised injection sites

Rendell said the “heart of his argument" for supervised-injection sites is that prosecutors can use their discretion when choosing which cases to try, and that the sites should be allowed to operate.

U.S. attorney pushes back against Philadelphia supervised injection site’s religious liberty argument

In the brief, William M. McSwain used a Safehouse executive’s own words to argue against sanctioning a site.

Pennsylvania has third-highest rate of drug overdose deaths in the U.S., study finds

Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia had more than twice the national rate of drug overdose deaths in 2017.

Two friends shared heroin in a KFC bathroom. One died, one went to prison. Their families are picking up the pieces.

The prosecution of Emma Semler for her role in Jenny Werstler’s 2014 fatal overdose demonstrates that in the opioid crisis, the line between death and life, victim and perpetrator, can be thin.

Opioid maker agrees to pay $225M to settle federal probes

The Justice Department says opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics has agreed to pay $225 million to settle federal criminal and civil investigations

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