Temple Univ Mourns After Two Students OD

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Temple Not Immune to the Philadelphia Opioid Crisis

With its sprawling campus in North Philadelphia, Temple offers easy access to all of the opportunities of a major metro area, but also many of the problems as well – including the opioid crisis that has gripped the city.

The problem has become so bad that people are passing out in public with needles in their arms in some neighborhoods and has jolted city officials into considering a supervised site for injecting heroin. In 2017, fatal overdoses have increased by 58 percent.

Given the prevalence of opioids across the city, it’s not altogether surprising that tragedy struck the Temple campus. Twenty-four-year-old Michael Paytas was found dead in the University’s library on November 30th. Then, on Saturday, police were called to the off-campus apartment of 20-year old James Orlando. He was also unresponsive when medics arrived.

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