opioids

(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...
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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...
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Dan Wing
November 01, 2018 - 3:48 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Several city agencies and groups of volunteers from the community teamed up for a massive cleaning project in Kensington Thursday morning. Led by the city's Community Life Improvement Program , the group set up shop near the Kensington and Allegheny SEPTA station,...
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Steve Tawa | KYW Newsradio
Steve Tawa
October 16, 2018 - 4:12 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - - At an opioid crisis conference, up on stage at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, a city health worker demonstrated how to administer Narcan nasal spray, if you suspect someone is experiencing an overdose. Allison Herens, the city health department’s harm-reduction...
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Philadelphia City councilman Bill Greenlee
KYW Newsradio, file
Pat Loeb
October 11, 2018 - 9:37 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In the continuing effort to combat the opioid epidemic, Philadelphia City Council will get legislation, Thursday, that would put strict new controls on pharmaceutical sales representatives. Councilman Bill Greenlee plans to introduce a bill that would require anyone...
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CrescoLabs' anti-opioid campaign at Headhouse features a vending machine that disperses free plastic pill bottles containing an anti-opioid message inside.
Paul Kurtz I KYW Newsradio
Paul Kurtz
October 02, 2018 - 3:49 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Medical marijuana companies appear to be making inroads in their efforts to convince prescription opioid users to try their safer alternative. Recent studies have shown a drop in daily opioid use in Pennsylvania and other states where medical marijuana is legal. Chris...
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Jennifer Clarey has been charged with poisoning her son in their Tullytown home.
Bucks County District Attorney's Office
Jim Melwert
September 18, 2018 - 4:24 pm
TULLYTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A 42-year-old Bucks County woman has been charged with poisoning her son in their Tullytown home. On Aug. 25 , Children and Youth Social Services called police to check on Jennifer Clarey and her 2-year-old son. When police entered the home on Lovett Avenue, they...
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Dreamstime
September 14, 2018 - 9:12 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Figures from a U.S. government survey released Friday show some progress in the fight against the ongoing opioid addiction crisis with fewer people in 2017 using heroin for the first time compared to the previous year. The number of new users of heroin decreased from 170,000 in...
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Four doctors who were practicing in Montgomery County are facing charges on allegations that they were illegally prescribing opioid painkillers and other prescription drugs.
Montgomery County District Attorney's Office
Jim Melwert
September 12, 2018 - 2:55 pm
NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Four doctors who were practicing in Montgomery County are facing charges on allegations that they were illegally prescribing opioid painkillers and other prescription drugs. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said the charges are serious and the...
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Dreamstime
Pat Loeb
August 31, 2018 - 5:00 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia health officials observed Overdose Awareness Day on Friday with the release of a new website devoted to Philadelphia's staggering overdose problem. Philadelphia had close to 1,300 overdose deaths last year — the vast majority from opioids — and almost 300...
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