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Drug Addiction

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Pa. Issues New Guidelines For Prescribing Painkillers

Pennsylvania has issued new guidelines for medical professionals on the use of opioid painkillers in an effort to stem the rising tide of prescription drug addiction.

07/15/2014

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Philadelphia Health Officials Warn of Deadly Scourge of Fentanyl Abuse

According to those in the addiction-fighting business, fentanyl is about 50 times as powerful as heroin but without the euphoric rush.

05/13/2014

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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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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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Prescription Drug Abuse Leads To Monitoring Of Pain Meds

Prescription drug abuse has become such a big issue that computer technology is now in place in many states to track the flow of these medications.

11/06/2013

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Boyfriend Pleads Guilty In Area Couple’s Drug-Fueled Crime Spree

Blake Bills, 25, has pleaded guity and will be sentenced later. His girlfriend, Shayna Sykes, pleaded guilty earlier and was sentenced to 3-8 years in prison.

10/03/2013

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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 Six Most Important Decisions For Teens

Sean Covey’s book, The Six Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make, promotes down to earth discussions that resonant with kids.

08/14/2013

Health

Author: America Is Going About Drug Addiction All Wrong

Drug addiction remains a stubborn problem in the U.S., ruining individuals and families and costing society a bundle. But an author says we’re going about this all wrong.

05/26/2013

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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

(Members of the Pennsylvania House Democratic Policy Committee listen as John McCloskey, captain of the 15th Police District in Philadelphia, testifies.  Credit: John McDevitt)

Pa. Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Neighborhood Methadone Clinics in Philadelphia

State representative Kevin Boyle (center) represents an area of Mayfair where he says a private methadone treatment facility opened secretly, in a residential area.

01/30/2013

(Christine Rivero is led from the Collingdale courthouse by police officers.  Credit: David Madden)

Delco Mom Charged With Killing Infant Son; Heroin Found In Boy’s Body

“The child’s death wasn’t caused by drowning or suffocation. The child’s death was caused by acute heroin intoxication,” says DA Jack Whelan.

11/09/2012

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