Pennsylvania Opioids

PA Overdose Deaths Surge To 15 A Day

As the CDC compiles statistics for 2017, certain states like Pennsylvania are coming to grips with a surging opioid crisis that shows no signs of ending. As many as 15 people a day are overdosing and dying in the Keystone State. As reported by the Meadville Tribune, everyone knows the state’s opioid crisis is bad. But how bad? Inconsistent reporting… Continue Reading PA Overdose Deaths Surge To 15 A Day

Pennsylvania Opioids

Pennsylvania Launches Opioid Dashboard

Pennsylvania recently launched a new opioid dashboard that integrates data from across the state and visually displays trends regarding the ongoing opioid crisis. As reported by ABC 27, acting Health Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine says more than 4,600 people in Pennsylvania died of an overdose in 2016, and she expects the final numbers for 2017 will be… Continue Reading Pennsylvania Launches Opioid Dashboard

York County, PA Slammed With 13 Overdose Deaths In 10 Days

Fentanyl is suspected in a surge of overdose deaths in York County, PA where the coroner released details surrounding thirteen deaths in just ten days. As reported by ABC27 News, thirteen people in York County have died from suspected heroin and fentanyl overdoses in just 10 days, Coroner Pam Gay said. Gay said heroin and fentanyl death numbers this high… Continue Reading York County, PA Slammed With 13 Overdose Deaths In 10 Days

ER Overdose Visits

Pennsylvania ER Overdose Visits Are Overflowing

New CDC data shows that ER overdose visits rose sharply in many states across the country, with Pennsylvania spiking by more than 80% between July 2016 and September 2017. Officials believe fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are driving the deadly surge. As reported by Philly.com, emergency rooms around the country saw a spike in patients overdosing on opioids last year,… Continue Reading Pennsylvania ER Overdose Visits Are Overflowing

Penn State

Penn State Police Will Start Carrying Naloxone

Penn State police will begin carrying Naloxone as part of an initiative providing 60,000 naloxone kits across Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. As reported by StateCollege.com, Penn State University Police will join other local law enforcement in carrying naloxone, a drug that has been a critical tool for first responders dealing with the opioid crisis. Often referred to by the brand name… Continue Reading Penn State Police Will Start Carrying Naloxone

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Lehigh County Outreach Targets Overdose Survivors

A new outreach program in Lehigh County is targeting overdose survivors, providing them with a “home support visit” within 48-72 hours. As reported by Lehigh Valley Live, Lehigh County officials announced an outreach program that would kick in after a person is saved by the opioid overdose antidote naloxone. Blue Guardian will be part of the Illicit Drug Identification and… Continue Reading Lehigh County Outreach Targets Overdose Survivors

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Reset Your Brain – New Course Helps Fight Addiction

Taught by author Steve Treu, a new course at Butler County Community College in Pennsylvania will focus on an alternative approach to the understanding, treatment, and successful recovery of opioid addiction. The course is targeted for those in opioid recovery, family or friends of those that suffer from opioid addiction, support group personnel, treatment providers, educators or concerned community members.… Continue Reading Reset Your Brain – New Course Helps Fight Addiction

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Pennsylvania Health Officials Flying Blind In Midst of Overwhelming Drug Epidemic

As the opioid epidemic continues to claim thousands of lives across the state, Pennsylvania death certificates are missing key details regarding cause of death. As reported by The Inquirer, officials at the CDC can see that fentanyl is causing a spike in deaths across the country. But, they can’t tell if these trends are happening across Pennsylvania. Because when they… Continue Reading Pennsylvania Health Officials Flying Blind In Midst of Overwhelming Drug Epidemic

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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