My colleagues analyzed drug records and found out the immense impact of Philadelphia’s abuse of a powerful painkiller — and how that has shaped the opioid crisis the city faces. After digesting that story, there a few lighter reads today that I definitely recommend. Among them is one where Santa Claus snowboards on sand dunes. And there’s another about a Central New Jersey distillery that sees its sales of a lesser-known whiskey boom every year, with almost all of the sales coming from Pennsylvania.
A decade ago, opioid painkillers fueled a growing addiction crisis across the nation. And Philly stood out. The city was one of the most ravenous consumers of the most potent pill on the market. It was OxyContin’s 80-milligram payload of the drug oxycodone.
My colleagues analyzed Drug Enforcement Administration records that bring to light for the first time how much of the drug was being abused in Philadelphia and who was supplying it. The consequences are still being felt.
An attack that escalated to an hours-long shootout with law enforcement left six people dead Tuesday, including two suspects and a police officer. Yesterday, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said he could not confirm speculation about the shooters’ motives. He said he would provide more information at a news conference today.
Philadelphia police have increased patrols at synagogues and other places of worship in the aftermath, CBS3 reported. And, The Inquirer spoke to a leader of a group with a strong Philly presence that appears to be linked to the shooting.
“Visiting Shane Confectionery, the old-school Old City candy shop, always feels like stepping into a real-life Willy Wonka chocolate factory,” writes my colleague Jenn Ladd. And after seeing @larraine’s photo, I totally agree. Great shot!
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“Such an act of tyranny is what the Constitution was created to protect against. That is why this impeachment process is urgent and should move forward without delay.” — The Inquirer Editorial Board calls for President Donald Trump to be impeached.