Drug Abuse

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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

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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

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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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