Happy Friday, Philly. Spring has made its presence felt after a record-setting day on Thursday and we are in store for more heat today. If you're traveling with SEPTA this morning, check those train times. A derailment on the Northeast Corridor Wednesday is still expected to cause delays. Meek Mill is enjoying his freedom, but vows to use his platform to give a voice to those who feel like they can't speak out about criminal justice reform. The Sixers can't seem to find a rhythm as they dropped another game to the rival Celtics. The opioid crisis has hit Philadelphia hard and the spike comes as Pennsylvania experiences a stark increase in "deaths of despair." Thanks for spending your morning with us. Let's begin.
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While calling for change, Mill discussed what would have happened to him if he was one of the men arrested at Starbucks. While the rapper spoke, he was trailed by a camera crew that is filming an upcoming series.
From 2005 to 2016, Pennsylvania experienced a disturbing trend. "Deaths of despair" — deaths from suicide, alcohol and drug use — doubled in 10 years. Many of these deaths were tied to the opioid crisis that has gripped Philadelphia.
Nationally, these type of deaths rose by 50 percent during those years. In Pennsylvania, they rose at a much more rapid pace.
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