Thirteen people died every day of a drug overdose in Pennsylvania last year, sending the state's 2016 death toll to a record high.
Appalling as the Philadelphia numbers were - 907 deaths in the city alone - it's how fast the deaths are increasing in western Pennsylvania that also has the experts worried.
Drug monitoring databases are seen as a tool to prevent doctor-shopping, a sign of addiction.
"I am not an addict. I take pain medication to function at a minimal level. . . . It lets me feel normal for a short time every day. "
The treatment industry is filled with employees in recovery, whose own experiences help them reach others in need of help. But as the recent overdose of a treatment CEO illustrates, recovery can be a lifelong proposition, and relapse is always possible.
Going beyond law enforcement, Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro lays out 10-point plan to improve substance-abuse treatment.
Health-care advocates predicted devastating consequences for the elderly — and their caregivers, often adult children — as they awaited a budget proposal from President Trump that’s expected to slash billions of dollars in aid to health and social-service programs.
The new policy will make anyone on Medicaid who is infected with hepatitis C eligible for treatment. An advisory panel recommended the change one year ago. It will be costly for the state.
More people are overdosing on opioids — and revived by police and paramedics. Next stop: The emergency room. Then what?
Kacie's Cause is named after Kacie Rumford, 23, who died of a heroin overdose in 2013.
Recovery from opioid addiction is incredibly hard, but possible. Families and friends want to help, but how? Here are some evidence-based tips.
More elderly and disabled residents and higher-than-average medical costs would disproportionately reduce federal funding if the Obamacare replacement makes it through the Senate intact, policy analysts say.
Experts laud Saturday's "take-back" events, saying unused drugs can fuel addiction.
Details on the facility, to be located in North Philly, have yet to be worked out.
The Temple event will focus on conditions including diabetes and blood pressure, and also will have resources for expectant and new parents.
Pay is lowest in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. And for pediatricians. And women.
Simply mandating that physicians register with the state databases led to a nearly 10 percent reduction in prescriptions for the most potent painkillers, the researchers reported in the April issue of Health Affairs, using data collected from 2011 to 2014.
Suicides involving opioids more than doubled in 15 years, according to a new study — far less of an increase than opioid deaths overall, but one...
Don Sapatkin is a public health reporter focusing on addiction and mental health. He joined the Inquirer in 1987.