Pittsburgh Church Offers Prayers for Addiction Crisis

Pittsburgh Prayers

Prayers Offered for Addicts and Their Families The St. Paul Cathedral in Pittsburgh celebrated a Mass of Remembrance and Healing for addicts and their family members. As reported by Penn Live, Bishop David A. Zubik of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh celebrated a Mass of Remembrance and Healing for those who have suffered from drug addiction — for… Read More

Pittsburgh Sets Another Overdose Record in 2017

Pittsburgh Three Rivers

Pittsburgh Pounded By Fentanyl Overdoses in 2017 2017 opioid overdose deaths in Pittsburgh will exceed 700, versus 650 last year. The driving force: A seemingly endless variety of fentanyl knock-offs. As reported in the Post-Gazette, Allegheny County in 2017 broke its record for fatal overdoses, just as it did the year before, and the year before that. Is… Read More

Kevin Stevens – Penguins Star Shattered By Addiction

Kevin Stevens Shattered

Documentary explores the depths of an All-Star addiction In the early 1990s, Kevin Stevens was one of the NHL’s most feared scorers. He tallied 54 goals in the 1991-92 season, played alongside the likes of Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr, and won a pair of Stanley Cup titles. Then he suffered a gruesome facial injury in 1993 –… Read More

UPMC McKeesport Opens Integrated Addiction Recovery Unit

McKeesport, PA

New unit focuses on addiction recovery In the 15132, the opioid epidemic has hit the small town of McKeesport, PA with a grim slow toll of almost 100 deaths over the last decade while bringing uncounted misery. Just south of Pittsburgh on the Monongahela River, McKeesport has seen its population shrink from 50,000 to under 20,000 as steel… Read More

Pittsburgh Woman In Viral Video Dies of Overdose

Danielle Walker

Woman who was knocked out on the street loses battle with heroin It was a dramatic video that quickly went viral, as a young woman was knocked out on the street and people walking by stopped to take selfies instead of calling for help. While Danielle Walker recovered from the violent street incident, it turned out to be… Read More

Pittsburgh Hospital Leads Innovative Approach for Addiction Recovery

UPMC Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh hospital creates innovative approach for addiction treatment Doctors at UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh grew weary of seeing the same people return to the hospital again and again after repeated overdoses, so created an innovative program designed to help break the addiction cycle. Under the new program, addicts leave with a vial of Narcan, an appointment for treatment… Read More

In Pittsburgh – Star Basketball Player and Coach Dies of Overdose

Chartiers Houston

Drug use started like a whisper… Barb and Jerome “Jerry” Cypher spent years cheering their son Brendan on the basketball court. Jerry was the coach and Barb watched from the bleachers as Brendan broke 12 records while a student at Chartiers-Houston High School. They continued to cheer him on when he followed Jerry’s lead, coaching Amateur Athletic Union… Read More

Pittsburgh Officials and Citizens Gather to Combat Opioid Crisis

Pittsburgh Bridges

In Pittsburgh – A Stark Conversation on Combating the Opioid Epidemic In 2017, Allegheny County is on pace to set a record – one that is nothing to be proud of. So far, more than 500 people have died from drug overdoses, and officials believe the number will tally much higher by the end of the year. To… Read More

The 15210: Pittsburgh Communities Rally to Fight Opioid Crisis

Pittsburgh Three Rivers

Linked By A Common Crisis, Pittsburgh Neighborhoods Fight Back A string of small towns outside of Pittsburgh are stepping up in the face of an unprecedented number of overdoses. According to the Post-Gazzette, Carrick, Knoxville and Allentown have some of the highest raw numbers of fatal overdoses and most daunting rates of drug deaths in the county. The… Read More