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Jim Melwert
February 25, 2020 - 7:27 pm
After a close encounter with a casualty of the opioid crisis, a Bucks County high school student designed a device that not only dispenses a lifesaving drug, but also alerts emergency services for help. Read more here.
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John McDevitt
February 13, 2020 - 6:27 pm
A Philadelphia police officer is put on administrative duty after a 28-year-old man dies while in custody on the way to the hospital. Read more here.
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Pa. Deputy Health Secretary Ray Barishansky and members of the Alternative Response Unit discuss the state's push to boost opioid treatment efforts.
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Paul Kurtz
September 25, 2019 - 4:45 pm
The Wolf administration provided free naloxone at nearly 100 locations throughout the state on Wednesday, according to Pennsylvania Department of Health officials who were in Philadelphia to give a progress report on the war on opioids.
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On Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019, health officials reported that prescriptions of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone are soaring, and experts say that could be a reason overdose deaths have stopped rising for the first time in nearly three decades.
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August 06, 2019 - 5:26 pm
By Mike Stobbe NEW YORK (AP) — Prescriptions of the overdose-reversing drug naloxone are soaring, and experts say that could be a reason overdose deaths have stopped rising for the first time in nearly three decades. The number of naloxone prescriptions dispensed by U.S. retail pharmacies doubled...
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David Madden
June 13, 2019 - 1:45 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — New Jersey health officials are taking a new approach in dealing with the opioid epidemic. About 20,000 free packages of Narcan will be given out next week to anyone who wants it — no questions asked, and no prescription needed. The packages will be available on June...
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Pat Loeb
May 15, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia has made a tiny bit of progress in combating overdose deaths. The official death toll for last year was 1,116 people, which is 100 less than in 2017. The city has mounted a three-pronged attack on overdose deaths: getting more of the overdose-reversing...
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Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine
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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...
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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...
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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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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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Jim Melwert
December 06, 2018 - 2:14 pm
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Pennsylvania is handing out anti-opioid-overdose medication across the state Thursday, including at more than a dozen locations in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties. The kits include two doses of Narcan (the common brand name of naloxone), which can...
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