Two opioid related bills currently under consideration in PA legislature will make the crisis worse, not better.
Most of the victims told doctors they thought they were using crack cocaine. But the overdoses they experienced fit the profile of an opioid overdose, which raises the concern of possible adulteration with fentanyl.
Father Mike, an institution at a Kensington soup kitchen, has seen the neighborhood fluctuate over the 31 years he's lived there - most recently watching the community change as a result of the opioid crisis.
The opioid epidemic, though less visible in places like South and West Philadelphia, is affecting the entire city at unprecedented rates.
Why are suicide rates increasing so fast? Are they linked to demand for drugs such as marijuana, opioids and psychiatric medicine? A public health researcher and epidemiologist who has studied these issues for a long time says there may be deeper issues to explore.
Hospitalizations for pain medication overdoses decreased by 2.2 percent between 2016 and 2017; hospitalizations for heroin overdoses increased by 12.7 percent in the same period. However, researchers noted, that was the lowest increase in heroin-overdose hospitalizations in years.
The obliteration of black communities must be addressed before anyone utters another word about safe injection sites.
We need to focus on the needs of toddlers and older kids forced to cope with the fallout of the opioid crisis in their families and communities.
True pain care reform is desperately needed, beginning with basic pain medicine training in medical, nursing, and dental schools and residency programs.
Before opioids started being so widely prescribed for so many reasons, they were universally regarded as appropriate for the pain of cancer. But now, the "opioid epidemic" is a phrase that gets thrown at me, and I am certain other cancer patients, even by medical professionals.
Hospira, Inc., recalls Naloxone syringes nationwide because of particle debris found on the syringes. Local needle exchange Prevention Point is not affected by the recall.
Amid efforts to curb abuse of opioids, oncology clinicians have been hit with confusing and conflicting guidelines for relieving cancer patients' pain.
Shielding corporate executives from criminal prosecution and prison prevents any message of deterrence.