Opioid Crisis

Philadelphia City Hall.
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Pat Loeb
March 08, 2020 - 4:00 am
Philadelphia City Council passed a resolution last week, condemning the lack of community participation in the now-cancelled plan for a safe injection site in South Philadelphia, but not before vigorous debate.
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The exterior of the Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals office in St. Louis, July 1, 2013
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AP News
February 26, 2020 - 8:43 am
Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals doled out lavish perks for top U.S. employees who hit or beat sales goals for prescription opioids and other drugs: six-figure bonuses and a chance to snag a coveted "President's Club" award, which could mean vacations to Hawaii, the Caribbean or Mexico. Read more here.
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Kanishk Nazareth.
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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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Emergency sign.
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Pat Loeb
February 12, 2020 - 4:00 am
There's a grim new measurement for the severity of Philadelphia's opioid epidemic: A skyrocketing number of infections have been related to IV drug use. Read more here.
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(L-R) Student Kelley Satterfield, CCP nursing chair Laureen Tavolardo-Ryley, and student Nadia Lighty.
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Mike DeNardo
February 10, 2020 - 4:30 am
Nursing students at Community College of Philadelphia are facing the city's opioid crisis head-on, as an element of their studies.
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Homeless encampment
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Kim Glovas
January 06, 2020 - 1:28 pm
After several months, a homeless encampment near 18th and Vine streets has been dismantled. Read more here.
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Oxycodone
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AP News
December 05, 2019 - 11:41 am
More time is needed to sort out whether the CEO of OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma should receive a $1.3 million bonus next year, but the company should be allowed to pay about $35 million in bonuses to 682 other employees, the judge overseeing the company's bankruptcy case said. Read more here.
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Summit county executive Ilene Shapiro speaks to the media outside the U.S. Federal courthouse, Monday, Oct. 21, 2019, in Cleveland.
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AP News
October 21, 2019 - 10:04 am
The nation's three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker reached an 11th-hour, $260 million settlement over the toll of the opioids in two Ohio counties, averting what would have been the first federal trial over the crisis. The settlement was announced just hours before the trial was...
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A mural in Kensington, where a drug encampment used to be.
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Pat Loeb
October 16, 2019 - 4:53 pm
Philadelphia city officials Wednesday dedicated a new mural in what used to be an encampment of those with an opioid addiction in Kensington.
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Alternative Response Unit
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Paul Kurtz
October 07, 2019 - 7:56 am
City officials say an emergency response unit that launched last April in response to the opiod crisis is showing promising results. They're saving lives and getting more people addicted to heroin into treatment. Read more here.
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