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February 2017

PA Warned of Dangers of Fentanyl Following Recent Cluster of Fatal Overdoses in Philadelphia (BCTV.org) 2/8/17

Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy and Acting Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs Jennifer Smith are warning Pennsylvanians of the potentially lethal risks associated with fentanyl after a report by the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) concluded that 26 of 35 fatal overdoses in early December were related to the synthetic opioid… Read more >

January 2017

How the New Department of Health and Human Services Will Help People with Substance Use Disorder (governor.pa.gov) 1/31/2017

Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced his plan to create a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in his 2017-2018 budget which would merge the Departments of Aging (PDA), Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), Health (DOH), and Human Services (DHS) in order to help provide more streamlined services to Pennsylvanians… Read more >

December 2016

Deaths From Fentanyl and Other Synthetic Opioids Rose 72% in One Year (Partnership for Drug-Free Kids) 12/22/2016

Drug deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids rose 72 percent from 2014 to 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report… Read more >

As drug crisis worsens, officials tout importance of naloxone (Reading Eagle) 12/21/2016

With a worsening opioid drug crisis causing deadly overdoses every day across Pennsylvania, a state official, a drugstore chain manager and an ambulance service chief on Tuesday stressed the availability of naloxone, a medicine that can reverse the effects of opioid overdoses… Read more >

Rising number of rural American babies born with opioid withdrawal (CNBC) 12/12/2016

The rates of babies in rural American areas born with symptoms of opioid withdrawal has skyrocketed, illustrating another symptom of the ongoing opioid epidemic spreading through parts of the United States… Read more >

Surgeon general sounds the alarm on teens and e-cigarettes (CNN) 12/8/2016

The nation’s top doctor is sounding the alarm on e-cigarettes, especially when used by teens and young adults… Read more >

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