drug use

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.
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Pat Loeb
August 02, 2019 - 5:15 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Police Commissioner Richard Ross and other city officials return Friday night from a fact-finding trip to Canada, where they examined the country's safe injection sites. The consensus: The group agreed that safe injection sites save...
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Discarded crack pipe
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Jim Melwert
May 15, 2019 - 1:35 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As the high-profile battle against heroin and opioids continues to grab headlines, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said crystal methamphetamine is back — "with a vengeance." About 15 years ago, a kilo of high-quality crystal meth would cost about $47,000...
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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...
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In this April 11, 2018 file photo, a high school student uses a vaping device near a school campus in Cambridge, Mass.
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December 17, 2018 - 9:37 am
By Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Twice as many high school students used nicotine-tinged electronic cigarettes this year compared with last year, an unprecedented jump in a large annual survey of teen smoking, drinking and drug use. It was the largest single-year increase in 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.
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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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Demi Lovato
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July 27, 2018 - 1:15 pm
By Lisa Respers France, CNN (CNN) -- "We just need to get somebody out here." Audio of the 911 call for singer Demi Lovato underscores the seriousness of the star's recent medical emergency. A source close to Lovato's family told CNN the singer was hospitalized Tuesday as the result of an apparent...
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Cherri Gregg
July 12, 2018 - 9:17 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia substitute teacher-turned-activist is putting his education skills to the test with innovative videos designed to stop violence and drug use among youth. The videos act out real-life scenarios on topics as varied as domestic violence, to living on the "...
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