drug overdose

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...
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The contents of an overdose rescue kit are displayed in a class on overdose prevention held by non-profit Positive Health Project, holds up an overdose rescue kit after completion of the class on August 9, 2017 in New York City.
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Steve Tawa
December 13, 2018 - 5:31 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Free Narcan was the draw Thursday, in the Harrowgate section of the city, as part of a statewide initiative during “Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week.” At the Walgreens in the shadow of the SEPTA El stop at Kensington and Allegheny Avenues, the city Health...
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Naloxone acts as an opioid antagonist and blocks the effects of heroin, fentanyl and other opiates on receptors in the brain.
Molly Corfman/News Herald
December 12, 2018 - 7:45 am
By Nadia Kounang (CNN) — Fentanyl is now the most commonly used drug involved in drug overdoses, according to a new government report. The latest numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics say that the rate of drug overdoses involving...
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Gov. Tom Wolf discusses the availability of naloxone in Pennsylvania pharmacies during a press conference in Harrisburg, May 17, 2016.
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Cherri Gregg
December 10, 2018 - 2:26 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The amount of overdoses increases during the holiday season, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To combat the rising numbers, the Wolf administration is working to save lives through a new project called "Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now." The...
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In this June 26, 2018 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
November 02, 2018 - 1:15 pm
By Michael Balsamo, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Drug overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Most of that was the result of a record...
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Demi Lovato
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July 28, 2018 - 12:18 pm
By Chloe Melas (CNN) -- Demi Lovato remains in the hospital following an apparent drug overdose at her home on Tuesday. Two sources close to Lovato tell CNN that she is surrounded by her family and her former boyfriend, Wilmer Valderrama. On Thursday, a source with knowledge of the matter told CNN...
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Molly Daly
July 22, 2018 - 2:28 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — City health officials are warning about a spike in dangerous drug reactions this weekend. Officials say most of the apparent overdoses were concentrated in the city's Kensington section. "Friday night we received reports of approximately 100 people who have had either...
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