drug abuse

A fentanyl user holds a needle near Kensington and Cambria in Philadelphia. Suicides and drug overdoses helped lead a surge in U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live.
David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File
November 29, 2018 - 11:19 am
By Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live. Overall, there were more than 2.8 million U.S. deaths in 2017, or nearly 70,000 more than the previous year, the...
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Dan Wing
November 01, 2018 - 3:48 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Several city agencies and groups of volunteers from the community teamed up for a massive cleaning project in Kensington Thursday morning. Led by the city's Community Life Improvement Program , the group set up shop near the Kensington and Allegheny SEPTA station,...
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District Attorney Larry Krasner explains the results of a nine-month-long investigation that linked 57 people to a major drug organization they say was suffocating a large chunk of the Kensington neighborhood.
Kristen Johanson | KYW Newsradio
Kristen Johanson
October 04, 2018 - 3:44 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — After an extensive nine-month-long investigation, Philadelphia investigators have announced charges against 57 people linked to a major drug organization they say was suffocating a large chunk of the Kensington neighborhood. Investigators say German Alameda, along...
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CrescoLabs' anti-opioid campaign at Headhouse features a vending machine that disperses free plastic pill bottles containing an anti-opioid message inside.
Paul Kurtz I KYW Newsradio
Paul Kurtz
October 02, 2018 - 3:49 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Medical marijuana companies appear to be making inroads in their efforts to convince prescription opioid users to try their safer alternative. Recent studies have shown a drop in daily opioid use in Pennsylvania and other states where medical marijuana is legal. Chris...
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Jennifer Clarey has been charged with poisoning her son in their Tullytown home.
Bucks County District Attorney's Office
Jim Melwert
September 18, 2018 - 4:24 pm
TULLYTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A 42-year-old Bucks County woman has been charged with poisoning her son in their Tullytown home. On Aug. 25 , Children and Youth Social Services called police to check on Jennifer Clarey and her 2-year-old son. When police entered the home on Lovett Avenue, they...
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Four doctors who were practicing in Montgomery County are facing charges on allegations that they were illegally prescribing opioid painkillers and other prescription drugs.
Montgomery County District Attorney's Office
Jim Melwert
September 12, 2018 - 2:55 pm
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Four doctors who were practicing in Montgomery County are facing charges on allegations that they were illegally prescribing opioid painkillers and other prescription drugs. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said the charges are serious and the...
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About 30 protesters from the AIDS advocacy group ACT UP talked about the need for safe injection sites to prevent overdoses during the current opioid epidemic.
Pat Loeb | KYW Newsradio
Pat Loeb
August 29, 2018 - 4:33 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Protesters blocked traffic during a City Hall rally Wednesday afternoon, demanding action on a strategy the city is already pursuing. About 30 protesters from the AIDS advocacy group ACT UP talked about the need for safe injection sites to prevent overdoses during the...
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Pat Loeb
August 28, 2018 - 6:08 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia officials say they'll proceed with plans to open safe injection sites for drug users, despite a warning from U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein mounted an argument against safe injection sites in his New York Times op-ed Tuesday,...
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Pat Toddy
August 08, 2018 - 8:59 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The region's largest private health insurer is widening its efforts to combat the expanding opioid epidemic. Independence Blue Cross will be issuing a new requirement to reduce the amount of patients who take OxyContin or oxycodone extended-release tablets. The switch...
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