Naloxone acts as an opioid antagonist and blocks the effects of heroin, fentanyl and other opiates on receptors in the brain.
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December 12, 2018 - 7:45 am
By Nadia Kounang (CNN) — Fentanyl is now the most commonly used drug involved in drug overdoses, according to a new government report. The latest numbers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics say that the rate of drug overdoses involving...
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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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Saturday is World AIDS Day, a time when the world unites in the fight against AIDS and supports those living with HIV. Local health care officials are taking a look at a recent uptick in new infections.
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November 30, 2018 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Saturday is World AIDS Day, a time when the world unites in the fight against AIDS and supports those living with HIV, and Philadelphia health care officials are taking a look at a recent uptick in new infections. "The numbers of people who were using drugs have been...
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Delaware County DA Katayoun Copeland announces Narcan will be available at more than 60 government buildings throughout the county.
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Justin Udo
November 19, 2018 - 2:40 pm
DELAWARE COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Since 2012, the Delaware County Heroin Task Force has received statewide and national recognition as a model program. Now the task force is implementing a new initiative. "We are equipping all the AED machines in the county with Narcan," Delaware County...
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Mac Miller
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November 05, 2018 - 5:11 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rapper Mac Miller died from an accidental overdose caused by a combination of cocaine, alcohol, and the powerful opioid fentanyl, a coroner's report released Monday said. The Los Angeles County coroner's report named Miller's cause of death as "mixed toxicity" of the three...
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Aug 21, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; A general view of the William Penn statue atop City Hall during the 2017 partial solar eclipse in Philadelphia, PA.
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Pat Loeb
October 18, 2018 - 10:30 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney unveiled a new plan to address the opioid epidemic two weeks after declaring a disaster in Kensington. He revealed the plan at the Emergency Operations Center, which the city uses to respond to snow storms and major events, to underscore...
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There is an opioid epidemic in this country.
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October 17, 2018 - 3:45 am
KYW’s Medical Reports Sponsored By Independence Blue Cross. By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) --​ Most of us are acutely aware that there is an opioid epidemic in this country. Sadly, the issue has impacted virtually every family in one form or another and it only...
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Temple University Hospital
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Dan Wing
July 31, 2018 - 8:28 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Two police officers are recovering after apparently being exposed to a dangerous drug Monday night. Authorities say the two officers had stopped a vehicle at 30th and Diamond streets around 10:30 p.m., during which the two officers came into contact with a substance...
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Federal regulators have approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal symptoms from quitting opioids.
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May 17, 2018 - 10:02 am
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal regulators on Wednesday approved the first nonopioid treatment to ease withdrawal from quitting addictive opioids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration expedited approval of Lucemyra to help combat the U.S. opioid epidemic. Two-thirds of drug overdose deaths in 2016...
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Open Bottle of Prescription Opioid Drugs
Mark Abrams
April 26, 2018 - 10:00 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration is seeking the public's help in keeping highly-addictive opioid prescription pain medications off the street. Patrick Trainor of the DEA's Philadelphia district office says the federal agency is appealing to the public to go...
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