opioid addiction

New Jersey Department of Human Services
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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Craig Box
Sue Ogrocki/AP
May 30, 2019 - 11:48 am
By Jacqueline Howard, CNN (CNN) -- Craig Box couldn't hold back tears in an Oklahoma courtroom on Wednesday as he described his late son Austin as "a special young man." Austin Box, a football star at the University of Oklahoma, died of an opioid overdose at the age of 22 in 2011. Now his father...
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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro
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Steve Tawa
May 14, 2019 - 4:29 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Referring to Pennsylvania as a state hit the hardest by opioid addiction, Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Tuesday he is filing a lawsuit against the creator of prescription painkiller OxyContin. While it's not the first lawsuit, Shapiro said this one is the...
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Medical marijuana.
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Ian Bush
April 30, 2019 - 4:30 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Early this year, New Jersey approved the use of medical marijuana to help treat opioid addiction, and the state health commissioner is encouraged by the results. “Medical marijuana is a useful adjunct that helps them bridge faster into recovery," said Dr. Shereef...
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David Madden
April 28, 2019 - 4:00 am
TRENTON, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- New Jersey has taken several steps to further combat the opioid addiction problem. They’re running it out of the attorney general’s office under the banner of NJCARES. “There’s a recognition that this is really a multi-faceted fight that we’re engaged in and it will...
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Lacy Atkins/The Tennessean
David Madden
April 02, 2019 - 2:02 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — The Garden State has just made it easier for people in need of help to kick an opioid addiction to get it by removing a bureaucratic roadblock. Medicaid rules needed to be changed when it came to getting approved drugs into the hands of patients, to hear New Jersey...
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Philadelphia Health Commissioner Tom Farley announces city guidelines for post-op prescription of opioids.
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Pat Loeb
December 19, 2018 - 12:40 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Health Department has taken the unusual step of developing opioid prescription guidelines for surgeons in the city, in another effort to reign in the addiction epidemic. The guidelines are based on research showing opioids may be completely...
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KYW Newsradio
December 16, 2018 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint, host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about what it takes to get through the holidays when you have loved ones in recovery for opioid addiction. Statistics show overdoses and suicides increase during...
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Sheamus McCarthy
Bucks County District Attorney's Office
Kim Glovas
November 20, 2018 - 1:15 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — More drug charges have been filed against a Bucks County man already serving time in state prison for running a heroin ring in Quakertown. The Bucks County District Attorney's office says 28-year-old Sheamus McCarthy sent letters to his brother and his girlfriend in...
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Project Save
Dan Keashen, Camden County
David Madden
October 20, 2018 - 9:26 am
AUDUBON, NJ (KYW Newsradio) -- A one-year test program in Camden County will kick off with the new year, aimed at helping people with an addiction to opioids who wind up in the legal system. Project SAVE has been in business for four years now in Gloucester Township in its Municipal Court. Non-...
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