Shocked South Philadelphians grapple with news of first supervised injection site

Overnight, the South Philadelphia building set to become the location of the nation's first supervised drug injection site has become ground zero in a fight between angry neighbors, optimistic public health advocates, city officials and the federal government.

More than half of Pa. school nurses stock the overdose reversal drug naloxone, Penn study finds

District officials' reluctance remains a stumbling block to stocking the life-saving medication.

More than half of Pa. school nurses stock the overdose reversal drug naloxone, Penn study finds

District officials' reluctance remains a stumbling block to stocking the life-saving medication.

Nation’s 1st supervised-injection site to open in South Philly next week; 2nd location in city to open shortly after

The announcement came hours after a federal judge ruled that the proposed facility would not violate federal law.

Nation’s 1st supervised-injection site to open in South Philly next week; 2nd location in city to open shortly after

The announcement came hours after a federal judge ruled that the proposed facility would not violate federal law.

Philly develops safety plan for supervised injection site as opening nears

The city’s safety plan for the site is intentionally broad: “It wasn’t site-specific, and it doesn’t need to be site-specific,” city Managing Director Brian Abernathy said in an interview.

Philly develops safety plan for supervised injection site as opening nears

The city’s safety plan for the site is intentionally broad: “It wasn’t site-specific, and it doesn’t need to be site-specific,” city Managing Director Brian Abernathy said in an interview.
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Why Philadelphia drug users are resorting to ‘subs’ as a DIY treatment

Drug users, advocates, and researchers say that many people aren’t buying buprenorphine to get high. Rather, they’re using it to get through the pain of withdrawal, or even to engineer their own addiction treatment.

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This Philly novelist’s new book is a mystery set amid Kensington’s opioid crisis

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How Philly plans to combat the nation’s worst big-city opioid crisis in 2020

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Philly’s supervised injection site backers say they won’t delay opening while Justice Dept. appeals

The Justice Department has vowed to “use all enforcement tools” at its disposal to shut down any site that opens before the appellate process plays out. Drug seizures, arrests or criminal forfeiture proceedings could all be on the table.

Dentist to pay $150,000 to settle charges of mishandling drugs, including her own overdose

The dentist, Pranathi V. Reddy, is also barred from prescribing opioids for at least four years, under an agreement with federal prosecutors.

Penn study: Counties that lost auto plants suffered spike in opioid overdoses

The findings are a window into how economic instability can drive a public health crisis, the study's lead author says.

A mobile addiction treatment center battles stigma, shame, and rising overdoses in South Philly

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Penn researchers turn to Yelp reviews to learn how patients with addiction rate their treatment

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The opioid crisis has tripled deaths among Philly’s homeless population in the last decade

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