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.

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.

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.

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.
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New Philly opioid response team aims to get OD victims in treatment

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Bill would create $25B opioid epidemic response fund

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Philly’s supervised injection site nonprofit gets tax-exempt status from IRS

Safehouse officials said gaining tax-exempt status lends the organization legitimacy from the federal government, even as another arm of the government is seeking to block it from opening.

Philadelphia’s overdose deaths dip overall in 2018 but are ‘still at crisis levels’

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'Purdue Pharma took advantage of addiction to make money:’ Pennsylvania sues opioid maker

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The proposal exists in a legal no-man’s-land, and it’s unclear what a sitting council member could do, legislatively, to block the opening of a supervised injection site in Philadelphia.

White patients far more likely to get popular addiction treatment prescription, study finds

Nationwide, rates of opioid addiction are similar among white and black patients, but treatment disparities persist.

Narcan, the lifesaving overdose-reversal drug, is scarce in N.J. cities that need it most

Newark, Atlantic City, and Camden were identified as “naloxone deserts” — places dealing with severe opioid crises whose pharmacies don’t stock naloxone at the rate they do in wealthier areas.

Pharmaceutical exec guilty of bribing doctors to prescribe opioid

A pharmaceutical company founder accused of paying millions in bribes to doctors to prescribe a highly addictive fentanyl spray has been found guilty along with four ex-employees.

Fentanyl killed a Penn physician’s son. Now she works to save other families from the same pain.

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Narcan is just the start of fighting the opioid overdose epidemic l Opinion

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Methamphetamine overdoses are on the rise in Philadelphia, health officials say

Just 72 people died of methamphetamine-related overdoses in 2017 -- but that was a 112 percent increase from 2016.

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