Drug Abuse

(Montgomery County DA Risa Ferman, shown with a kilogram of heroin, a handgun, and $10,000 cash found in an investigation that was started by an intercepted phone call to a Mexican drug trafficker.  Photo by Jim Melwert)

Montco Drug Task Force Intercepts Kilo of Heroin in Norristown, Pa.

Montgomery County district attorney Risa Ferman says the heroin has a street value of more than $300,000.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/15/2015

(A kit for administering naloxone, trade name Narcan, a heroin antidote that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.  The naloxone is administered nasally. File photo by Andrew Burton/ Getty Images)

Gov. Wolf Hailed For Widening Access to Anti-Overdose Drug

Wolf recently directed the state physician general to issue a standing order allowing all Pennsylvanians to access naloxone, which reverses the immediate effects of a heroin overdose.

KYW Newsradio 1060–04/07/2015

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Drug And Alcohol Abuse Widespread

Twenty-two million Americans have a substance abuse problem and there is no doubt that alcohol can be a drug of choice.

03/25/2015

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Prescription Drug Overdoses Killing Americans

Every day 114 people die as the result of a drug overdose – most of them from prescription drugs.

11/07/2014

(A clerk calls the roll of City Council for a vote on the bill to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.  The measure passed, 14-2.  Image from City of Phila. TV)

Bill Decriminalizing Small Amounts of Pot Gets Phila. City Council OK

The measure, which passed 14-2, embodies the compromise announced last week by Mayor Nutter and the bill’s sponsor, councilman Jim Kenney.

09/18/2014

(County commissioner Leslie Richards and Abington police chief William Kelly listen as first assistant DA Kevin Steele speaks with reporters about the new task force.  Photo by Brad Segall)

Montgomery County Task Force Will Examine Causes of Drug Abuse

The task force — made up of representatives from law enforcement, social services, education, and the community — is charged with coming up with solutions, short-term and long-term, to address the problems.

09/12/2014

(Mayor Michael Nutter speaks with reporters outside his City Hall office.  File photo by Mike Dunn)

Nutter Lashes Out at City Council Plan to Decriminalize Marijuana

The measure passed by City Council makes possession of about an ounce of pot punishable by only a $25 fine.

08/05/2014

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Bensalem Police Stumble On 2 Women Suffering Possible Heroin Overdoses

Police say they were looking for a man wanted on a contempt charge. In a motel room they found two women breathing but unresponsive.

07/24/2014

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Legal Medications Being Used To Get High

There was a time when illegal drugs were a major problem with young adults. They still are but now there are equal concerns about legal medications to get high.

07/09/2014

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Addiction May Be Neurological Disorder

Researchers believe that chronic alcoholics may drink, in part, to alleviate a deficit in serotonin.

06/25/2014

(Gloucester Township mayor David Mayer, far left, and other officials listen as police chief Harry Earle describes the township's new substance abuser diversion program.  Photo by David Madden)

Gloucester Twp., NJ Inaugurates Diversion Program For Small-Time Drug Offenders

Township police chief Harry Earle says a private drug advocate will be available at Municipal Court hearings to steer defendants in the direction of treatment, if they want it.

06/19/2014

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Addiction Knows No Boundaries

One of the keys to dealing with drug use in adolescents is to understand that the problem is prevalent across all social classes. No class is immune to addiction.

04/30/2014

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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

Camden County police chief Scott Thomson.  Photo by Mike DeNardo)

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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