I cover the opioid epidemic in the Philadelphia region.

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Using opioids to treat addiction is considered the gold standard. So why aren’t more doctors prescribing them?

Some doctors say the heavy federal regulations surrounding some addiction treatment medications have deterred many of their colleagues from obtaining the license needed to prescribe the drug.

U.S. attorney sues to stop supervised injection sites in Philadelphia

In a suit filed Tuesday, U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain asked a judge to declare such a facility illegal under federal law before one could open its doors in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia’s last major drug encampment closes in bitter cold, but the opioid crisis persists

"Emerald City" is the most-entrenched encampment where people in addiction have been living for years. Access to drugs, and lifesaving Narcan, has made it hard for many to leave.

Philadelphia’s annual homeless count reveals new realities about the opioid crisis

Officials were cautiously optimistic that this year's tally would be lower than last year’s count of 1,020 people experiencing homelessness citywide.

Dangerous cold holds Philly region in its icy grip

The cold is potentially life-threatening and is affecting mass transit.

N.J. toddler dies in ‘apparent suffocation’ after his mother was found unconscious on top of him

Toddler suffocated after being slept on by his unconscious mother.

Temperatures plummet as deep freeze moves across Philly region

Highs are expected to top out in the mid-teens today, according to forecasters. Philadelphia city officials declared a code blue.

As Philly pushes for more medication-assisted drug treatment, thousands of treatment slots are still empty

Nearly a quarter of Philadelphia's treatment slots offering opioid-based treatment medications or opioid blockers are still empty, city officials said Thursday.

Supervised injection site project director wants ‘respect, dignity, love and life’ for people in addiction

The new director of Safehouse spoke with the Inquirer and Daily News about her passion for harm reduction, her advocacy for people with addiction and why she chose to take the job.

Government shutdown delays construction on addiction recovery housing in Kensington

Project HOME has been working for five years to build apartments for people in recovery from drug addiction, just blocks from the neighborhood’s last major homeless encampment. They'll have to wait longer.