opioid epidemic

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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July 11, 2019 - 4:00 am
KYW Newsradio’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — One of the best ways to curb the opioid epidemic is to have physicians prescribe them only when absolutely necessary. Numerous studies have shown that in...
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Narcan
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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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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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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KYW Newsradio Democratic mayoral debate
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Flashpoint
May 10, 2019 - 9:31 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — KYW Newsradio hosted a live debate Thursday night featuring the two Democratic challengers to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney in this month's primary election. Former Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz squared off with state Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams...
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren
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May 08, 2019 - 1:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has unveiled a new version of her plan to combat America's opioid epidemic, proposing to spend $100 billion over 10 years on battling the public health consequences of addiction. Warren's new opioids measure is modeled on a 1990...
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Dreamstime
Mike Dougherty
March 02, 2019 - 4:00 am
WARMINSTER, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- A hockey shootout and free ice skating fundraiser Saturday, in Warminster, looks to bring attention to the opioid epidemic. Money raised at the shootout will help people who are just getting started on their path to sobriety. Maggie Hunt from Retreat Addiction...
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Opioids
Mike Dougherty
February 24, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Project HOPE in Camden, New Jersey is getting a $1.8 million grant to expand services for people battling opioid addiction. About 5,000 people a year rely on Project HOPE for various services, from primary care to addiction counseling. CEO Patricia DeShields says...
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Dreamstime
Pat Loeb
February 07, 2019 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Whatever the legal arguments against safe injection sites, a Saint Joseph's University professor argues that from a medical ethics standpoint, they make sense, and he's published a paper backing up his arguments with research. Father Peter Clark is a bioethics expert...
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