Naloxone acts as an opioid antagonist and blocks the effects of heroin, fentanyl and other opiates on receptors in the brain.
Molly Corfman/News Herald
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...
Read More
Gov. Tom Wolf discusses the availability of naloxone in Pennsylvania pharmacies during a press conference in Harrisburg, May 17, 2016.
The Office of Governor Tom Wolf via Flickr
Cherri Gregg
December 10, 2018 - 2:26 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The amount of overdoses increases during the holiday season, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To combat the rising numbers, the Wolf administration is working to save lives through a new project called "Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now." The...
Read More
Energy Coordinating Agency
Cherri Gregg/KYW Newsradio
Cherri Gregg
December 06, 2018 - 5:33 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A nonprofit based in the center of the opioid epidemic in Kensington is offering a little hope this holiday season. Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) is providing heat to low-income households in Kensington, as well as free vocational training to youth. "We're right in...
Read More
The Public Health Management Corporation held a workshop where they trained their employees how to administer Narcan nasal spray. All the participants took home a pack of Narcan to use in case they come across someone overdosing.
Justin Udo/KYW Newsradio
Justin Udo
December 04, 2018 - 4:41 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In 2017, more than 1,200 people in Philadelphia died as a result of an overdose, according to the Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC). To combat the staggering figures, the nonprofit trained hundreds of its employees to be first lines of defense in the fight...
Read More
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.
David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File
November 29, 2018 - 11:19 am
By Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Suicides and drug overdoses pushed up U.S. deaths last year, and drove a continuing decline in how long Americans are expected to live. Overall, there were more than 2.8 million U.S. deaths in 2017, or nearly 70,000 more than the previous year, the...
Read More
Marc Persson is facing charges that he wrote a half-dozen fraudulent prescriptions for powerful opioid pain killers.
Delaware County District Attorney's Office
Dan Wing
November 28, 2018 - 10:34 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Delaware County chiropractor is facing charges that he wrote a half-dozen fraudulent prescriptions. The county district attorney's office says 40-year-old Marc Persson of Swarthmore forged the names of two doctors who had previously worked with him at his...
Read More
November 23, 2018 - 3:00 am
KYW’s Medical Reports are sponsored by Independence Blue Cross. By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Physicians and medical organizations are taking a very serious look at the role that physicians and health care providers have played in the opioid epidemic. Some of...
Read More
November 04, 2018 - 11:24 pm
By Debra Goldschmidt (CNN) -- Despite the ongoing opioid crisis plaguing the nation, the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new opioid medication five to 10 times more powerful than fentanyl. Dsuvia, made by AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc., is a tablet in a single-dose, prefilled...
Read More
(Craig Sherod Photography/AcelRx Pharmaceuticals via AP)
November 02, 2018 - 7:48 pm
By Linda A. Johnson TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — U.S. regulators on Friday approved a fast-acting, super-potent opioid tablet as an alternative to IV painkillers used in hospitals. The decision by the Food and Drug Administration came over objections from critics who fear the pill will be abused. In a...
Read More
In this June 26, 2018 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
November 02, 2018 - 1:15 pm
By Michael Balsamo, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Drug overdose deaths hit the highest level ever recorded in the United States last year, with an estimated 200 people dying per day, according to a report by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Most of that was the result of a record...
Read More