opioids

About 30 protesters from the AIDS advocacy group ACT UP talked about the need for safe injection sites to prevent overdoses during the current opioid epidemic.
Pat Loeb | KYW Newsradio
Pat Loeb
August 29, 2018 - 4:33 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Protesters blocked traffic during a City Hall rally Wednesday afternoon, demanding action on a strategy the city is already pursuing. About 30 protesters from the AIDS advocacy group ACT UP talked about the need for safe injection sites to prevent overdoses during the...
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Pat Loeb
August 28, 2018 - 6:08 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia officials say they'll proceed with plans to open safe injection sites for drug users, despite a warning from U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein mounted an argument against safe injection sites in his New York Times op-ed Tuesday,...
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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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Mike Dougherty
August 21, 2018 - 8:30 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If there's a war on drugs, the drugs are certainly winning — and more and more residents are dying on the front lines. Federal officials say nearly 5,500 people in Pennsylvania died of an overdose in 2017. Every county in the state is affected, and the numbers are...
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FDA warns of pet owners using animals to get opioids
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August 16, 2018 - 8:46 am
By Jacqueline Howard, CNN (CNN) -- The US Food and Drug Administration has raised alarm about one way people might access opioids to misuse and abuse: their pets. As America's opioid epidemic rages, some pet owners could be stealing pain medications intended for their furry friends, according to a...
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Pat Toddy
August 08, 2018 - 8:59 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The region's largest private health insurer is widening its efforts to combat the expanding opioid epidemic. Independence Blue Cross will be issuing a new requirement to reduce the amount of patients who take OxyContin or oxycodone extended-release tablets. The switch...
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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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Molly Daly
July 22, 2018 - 2:28 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — City health officials are warning about a spike in dangerous drug reactions this weekend. Officials say most of the apparent overdoses were concentrated in the city's Kensington section. "Friday night we received reports of approximately 100 people who have had either...
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A study finds that despite the ability of medication-assisted treatment drugs like methadone and buprenorphine to save the lives of people who've overdosed on opioids, they continue to be underutilized.
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June 18, 2018 - 6:51 pm
By Nadia Kounang (CNN) -- A study finds that despite the ability of medication-assisted treatment drugs like methadone and buprenorphine to save the lives of people who've overdosed on opioids, they continue to be underutilized. The study, published Monday in the medical journal Annals of Internal...
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Judge Steven O’Neill said putting someone with opioid addiction behind bars may offer short-term safety to the community, but the person will not get the treatment they need.
Jim Melwert | KYW Newsradio
Jim Melwert
June 15, 2018 - 1:27 pm
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — Attendees at a conference in Montgomery County on battling opioid addiction heard from people making a difference on the front lines, including some who hope that there might be progress in the fight. Leaders from health care, law enforcement and the...
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