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.

Philly City Council could have fought opioids by placing limits on pharma reps

Could placing limits on pharma sales tactics help slow down the opioids crisis? Evidence suggests it could.

Philly City Council could have fought opioids by placing limits on pharma reps

Could placing limits on pharma sales tactics help slow down the opioids crisis? Evidence suggests it could.

Overdose deaths in Chester County linked to horse tranquilizer

The deaths were classified as accidental, according to the Chester County Coroner's Office.

Overdose deaths in Chester County linked to horse tranquilizer

The deaths were classified as accidental, according to the Chester County Coroner's Office.

Detoxing from opioids cold turkey is hell. This is how it feels.

Quitting heroin was my plan every night when I went to sleep. But when morning came, I’d rarely last an hour, let alone the day, before finding a way to get heroin.

Detoxing from opioids cold turkey is hell. This is how it feels.

Quitting heroin was my plan every night when I went to sleep. But when morning came, I’d rarely last an hour, let alone the day, before finding a way to get heroin.
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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.

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She got clean, got off the streets, and got to work helping other women in Camden do the same

Lisa Corthell overcame addiction to heroin and was beloved on the streets of Camden for her work with women who turn to prostitution to get money for drugs. She died on Jan. 12, "and looking peaceful, as if she'd just gone to sleep," her mother said.

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.

Opioid use down for spine surgery patients with new Penn program

A new comprehensive protocol reduced opioid use at one-month. Guess what the Gatorade and chewing gum are for.

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.

Filing: OxyContin maker forecast ‘blizzard of prescriptions’

Massachusetts court filing says company that makes opioid sought 'blizzard of prescriptions' when it launched the drug in the 1990s

Parents charged after toddler dies from fentanyl poisoning

A Detroit-area couple has been charged in the opioid overdose of their 18-month-old daughter who died on Christmas Day

How heroin and fentanyl get into Philadelphia — and why a border wall likely wouldn’t stop them

President Trump didn't mention on Tuesday that most of the country's heroin supply would get here with or without a wall. Traffickers usually smuggle drugs through legal crossing points at the southern border that already are patrolled.

Aetna fined $190,000 by Pennsylvania over opioid addiction treatment coverage

The insurance regulators said the fine was part of its effort to fight the state's opioid epidemic.

One year after declaring state of emergency, Pa. officials assess progress on opioid battle

Though Pennsylvania has made progress against the opioid epidemic, there remains much work to be done to address one of the worst overdose crises in the country.

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