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Drug Abuse

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Managing End-Of-Life Pain

There is no doubt that there is a problem with the abuse of prescription pain medications in our country. But for some people these medications are necessary.

04/04/2014

(Rhawnhurst resident Carol Rostucher helped start the Pennsylvania chapter of "The Addict's Mom" to help mothers, like herself, who have children addicted to drugs.   Photo by Cherri Gregg)

Local Mother of Heroin Addict Brings Support Program to Pennsylvania

The group started in Florida six years ago as an online community in which mothers of drug addicts could share their stories.

03/21/2014

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Super-Strong Heroin Causing Wave of Overdoses in Camden, Police Say

Camden County police chief Scott Thomson says there have been 15 overdose calls — none fatal — in the last 24 hours.

03/12/2014

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Delco DA Wants Law Changed To Allow Cops To Carry Anti-Overdose Drug

District attorney jack Whelan and the Delaware County Council want officers in their jurisdiction to be able to carry naloxone, also known as Narcan, a drug which can reverse a heroin, oxycontin, or other opiate overdose.

03/06/2014

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Pot Use Among High Schoolers

It is a disturbing statistic from the National Institute of Drug Abuse – sixty percent of 12th graders do not view regular marijuana use as harmful.

12/26/2013

(US Sen. Pat Toomey, third from left, conducts a hearing about prescription drug abuse in Delaware County.  Credit: David Madden)

US Sen. Toomey Focuses On Rx Drug Abuse Problem At Delco Presentation

Toomey (third from left) was joined during the hourlong session by the County Council, the Delaware County DA, and other interested parties.

12/04/2013

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Doctor Shopping Is Illegal

How can it be illegal to fill a prescription if actually given by a doctor?

12/02/2013

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The Overprescribing Of Opioids A Major Cause For Concern

We have a major public health problem in this country and it has to do with the overuse of opioid medications.

11/21/2013

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Former Senior Home Care Employee Allegedly Stole From Elderly Patients

Tredyffrin Township Police arrested a former female employee of Surrey Services for stealing items from elderly patients.

11/07/2013

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Thousands March To Penn’s Landing In Fight Against Drug And Alcohol Addiction

More than 20,000 people from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region marched to Penn’s Landing Saturday morning to celebrate those who are recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

09/21/2013

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The Addictive Personality

The addictive personality is associated with compulsive gambling, drinking, drugs, smoking and other problematic lifestyles.

08/20/2013

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Dramatic Increase In Women Overdosing On ‘Legal’ Drugs

In the past 6 years, more women have died from opioid pain reliever overdoses than from motor vehicle-related injuries.

07/09/2013

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Methadone Abuse On The Rise

The Centers for Disease Control found that six times as many persons died from methadone overdoses in 2009 than in 1999.

03/20/2013

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Reformulated Oxycontin Leads Drug Abusers To Opana

Law enforcement agencies are on alert for people who are willing to acquire a powerful painkiller called Opana at point of gun.

07/23/2012

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Get Rid Of Your Old Drugs

Another reason for parents to clean out medicine cabinets. Abuse of prescription drugs by teens is on the rise.

04/11/2012

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