Drug abuse

Dreamstime
Pat Loeb
March 29, 2019 - 5:17 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia City Councilman Mark Squilla has introduced legislation that could put a crimp in plans for a safe injection site in Kensington. Squilla proposed earlier this week to change the zoning for the 1800 block of Hilton Street from mixed-use to strictly...
Read More
Packets of buprenorphine, a drug which controls heroin and opioid cravings, in Greenfield, Mass.
Elise Amendola/AP Photo
March 20, 2019 - 2:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's top medical advisers say medicines proven to treat opioid addiction remain vastly underused in the U.S. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released a report Wednesday that found only a fraction of the estimated 2 million Americans addicted to...
Read More
opioids
Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean
Steve Tawa
February 09, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — More than a dozen doctors and medical professionals in the Philadelphia region are facing charges of running "pill mills" and allegedly dispensing opioid painkillers to people without legitimate medical needs. U.S. Attorney Bill McSwain alleges the 14 people charged...
Read More
Dreamstime
January 29, 2019 - 3:00 am
KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Having a pet is seen is a source of comfort and relaxation for many. There is no doubt that the companionship of a pet is helpful from a health standpoint...
Read More
Funders and officials of Project HOME gathered in Kensington Tuesday for what was supposed to be the start of construction on the long-planned and desperately needed housing for people recovering from addiction. 
Pat Loeb/KYW Newsradio
Pat Loeb
January 15, 2019 - 5:01 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Funders and officials of Project HOME gathered in Kensington Tuesday for what was supposed to be the start of construction on the long-planned and desperately needed housing for people recovering from addiction. There was just one glitch: the government shutdown. The...
Read More
A demonstration of the smartphone "Second Chance" app, which uses sound waves to measure breathing. In first-step testing reported Jan. 9, 2019, the device detected early breathing problems in some people who’d just injected illegal drugs.
Mark Stone/University of Washington via AP
January 09, 2019 - 5:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Too often people die of an opioid overdose because no one's around to notice they're in trouble. Now scientists are creating a smartphone app that beams sound waves to measure breathing — and summon help if it stops. The app is still experimental. But in a novel test, the "Second...
Read More
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine
Pennsylvania Department of General Services
Steve Tawa
January 07, 2019 - 4:32 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Now that Gov. Tom Wolf is beginning his second term, agencies that are a part of his Opioid Operational Command Center are highlighting its efforts on three fronts: prevention, rescue and treatment. The Wolf administration intends to address the opioid crisis at its...
Read More
Camden, New Jersey
Dreamstime
Mike Dougherty
January 01, 2019 - 4:00 am
CAMDEN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Camden was once considered one of the most dangerous places in the country. While it's still far from a finished product, crime is down and graduation rates are up over the past five years. Camden County Police Chief Scott Thomson said overall crime in the city is at...
Read More
Dreamstime
Mike Dougherty
December 20, 2018 - 4:27 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For many, the holidays are a joyous season filled with laughs and love. For others, it's a reminder of how things have gone wrong, and health officials say that's a recipe for depression and substance abuse. There are also many stressors this time of year, and that...
Read More
William Brennan
Bucks County District Attorney's Office
Jim Melwert
December 18, 2018 - 11:37 am
BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A Bucks County man is facing up to 30 years in prison for selling the fentanyl-laced heroin that killed 23-year-old Lukas Titus. William Brennan, 21, was sentenced to 7.5-to-20 years in prison for drug delivery resulting in death, and another 2.5-to-10 years for...
Read More

Pages