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Why Fentanyl is Flooding into Pennsylvania

As the opioid crisis continues to evolve, deadly new synthetic drugs like fentanyl are flooding into the market. Pennsylvania has been especially hard hit by the potent new killer, leading a record number of overdose deaths. As reported by PennLive.com, officials recently seized a shipment of drugs heading to Philadelphia. Instead of heroin, they were surprised to find that it… Continue Reading Why Fentanyl is Flooding into Pennsylvania

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Opioid Crisis Declared Statewide Disaster in Pennsylvania

For the thousands and thousands of families all across Pennsylvania who have seen loved ones die from opioid-related overdoses, the disaster has already been a long and grim reality, but hopefully Governor Wolff’s first-ever public health Statewide Disaster Declaration will help stem the losses over the coming years. “While we have made progress in combatting the heroin and opioid abuse… Continue Reading Opioid Crisis Declared Statewide Disaster in Pennsylvania

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Fentanyl Drives Spike In Pennsylvania Overdose Deaths

A new report from Kaiser Permanente highlights the impact that fentanyl is having on the national opioid crisis, as states like Pennsylvania are experiencing a horrific increase in the number of overdose deaths. This increase is especially vexing in light of the fact that many states have shown little to no increase. As reported by Penn Live, the Kaiser analysis… Continue Reading Fentanyl Drives Spike In Pennsylvania Overdose Deaths

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Pennsylvania Pushes For Tougher Fentanyl Sentencing

A recent vote by the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing could mean that dealers could spend about a year more in jail if they sell drugs containing fentanyl. “Fentanyl is a huge problem in Pennsylvania, and frankly throughout the country,” said Berks County DA John Adams. Adams testified before the commission in hopes to increase what’s called the offensive gravity score… Continue Reading Pennsylvania Pushes For Tougher Fentanyl Sentencing

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There Ain’t No Narcan Left in Nashville

In Nashville, close to a dozen people have overdosed in the last two weeks alone. “It breaks my heart,” said Dewayne Holman, the executive director of the Nashville Prevention Partnership. Holman received a grant to supply the lifesaving drug Narcan to agencies who need it in Davidson County, but that was months ago. There’s now a supply and demand issue.… Continue Reading There Ain’t No Narcan Left in Nashville

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Grandparents in Pennsylvania Stuck Taking Care of Grandkids

Like many others in Pennsylvania, Joanne Clough is adjusting to unexpected retirement moments. Like when she forgot about the baby gate, which sent her sprawling into the dark room. Her first thought was about the toddler in arms. Her next thought was about her artificial knee, her pain and, with her cellphone downstairs, how she would summon help. The 60-year-old… Continue Reading Grandparents in Pennsylvania Stuck Taking Care of Grandkids

Beaver Falls

Pennsylvania Coroners Overwhelmed By Overdoses

Pennsylvania public health and law enforcement officials are trying to wrap their arms around the extent of the opioid crisis but are increasingly frustrated by the lack of clear reporting from around the state. It took Beaver County District Attorney David Lozier to launch a study of county 911 calls to determine just how much the epidemic was impacting the… Continue Reading Pennsylvania Coroners Overwhelmed By Overdoses

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Pennsylvania Distributing 60,000 Naloxone Kits

As the opioid crisis continues to cut lives short across Pennsylvania, officials at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency are providing 13,752 kits of the overdose reversal drug to 59 counties through a $5 million appropriation included in the 2017-18 state budget. These are among 60,000 kits that will be available over the next two years in all 67… Continue Reading Pennsylvania Distributing 60,000 Naloxone Kits

York, PA

In York PA, November is the Cruelest Month

The York County Coroner’s Office is not pulling any punches in trying to communicate the severity and danger of the current opioid crisis. After seeing 16 deaths in the first 19 days of November, they have issued a stark warning: The spate of recent deaths should not be blamed on a “bad batch” of heroin, “… there is absolutely NO… Continue Reading In York PA, November is the Cruelest Month

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

In Lancaster, PA – Not All is Good and Plenty

In a region famous for it lush farmland and picturesque Amish buggies – community leaders are now grappling with a growing opioid crisis that is anything but quaint. Newly released data from OverdoseFreePa.org – a product of a group of law enforcement and medical professionals in Pennsylvania, shows that over the last two years alone, close to 250 people have… Continue Reading In Lancaster, PA – Not All is Good and Plenty