Opioid Crisis

Physical Therapy
August 22, 2018 - 3:15 am
KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Physical therapy in the emergency department? It is not something that we think about as a common practice, but with the growing realization that the opioid epidemic...
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Dreamstime
Hadas Kuznits
July 13, 2018 - 6:51 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- New guidelines for prescribing painkillers to certain patients could be helping to decrease overdoses related to the country's opioid epidemic. Virginia Calega with Independence Blue Cross says since 2014, the insurer has reevaluated how their doctors prescribe...
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Opioids
May 17, 2018 - 3:00 am
KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- There is a critical problem with opioid addiction in the United States. According to a new report looking at data from the national cause of death file, synthetic...
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David Humes
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
April 28, 2018 - 3:23 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Facing a rising death toll from drug overdoses, state lawmakers across the country are testing a strategy to boost treatment for opioid addicts: Force drug manufacturers and their distributors to pay for it. Bills introduced in at least 15 states would impose taxes or fees on...
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Opioid panel discussion  at the Science History Institute.
Credit: Kim Glovas
Kim Glovas
April 20, 2018 - 2:30 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -Three large cities, including Philadelphia, talked about strategies to fight the opioid crisis Friday. The panel discussion was hosted by the Pew Charitable Trusts at the Science History Institute. Baltimore's Health Commissioner issued a blanket prescription for...
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Opioids
Tony Romeo
April 08, 2018 - 3:30 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has renewed his opioid disaster declaration. In January, Governor Wolf signed a disaster declaration, allowing him to relax regulations and enabling better collaboration among state agencies to address the opioid crisis. The...
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Narcan Training
Photo credit: Cherri Gregg
Cherri Gregg
March 28, 2018 - 9:42 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW NEWSRADIO) — The Department of Public Health reports that one in three Philadelphians used an opioid last year. So the city is continuing its efforts to arm and train the public with Narcan to stop overdose deaths. “We’re giving people another chance at life,” says Allison Herens...
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Opioids
Pat Loeb
March 26, 2018 - 3:29 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW NEWSRADIO) -- Five Philadelphia unions have joined in the quest to recover costs from drug companies connected to the overprescription of opioids. And more suits are on the way. Two city workers unions, the carpenters, the bricklayers and allied craft union and food services union...
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Narcan
Photo credit: Jim Melwert
David Madden
March 25, 2018 - 3:08 pm
CAMDEN, NJ (KYW NEWSRADIO) — Major health care providers in Camden County are teaming up with law enforcement to ensure that an antidote for opiate overdoses is available to every cop on the street. Cooper, Virtua, Kennedy Jefferson and Lourdes Health Systems have agreed to buy Narcan in bulk. That...
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Narcan
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Kim Glovas
March 24, 2018 - 5:33 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW NEWSRADIO) -- As governments large and small work to contain the opioid epidemic, emergency medical technicians and first responders are on the front lines. Andrea Martin is an EMT with the Bucks County Public Training Center for EMS and Fire. “Bucks County ranks number one in the...
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