After disaster declaration, Philly outlines goals for opioid-plagued Kensington

The city's new plan for the neighborhood includes immediate goals to be completed by Nov. 16; short-term goals to be accomplished by Dec. 31; and longer-term goals that should be completed by June.

Pa. Supreme Court should exercise compassion when grappling with issues related to pregnancy and drug addiction | Opinion

Criminalizing the mother's behavior is not the answer.

Pa. Supreme Court should exercise compassion when grappling with issues related to pregnancy and drug addiction | Opinion

Criminalizing the mother's behavior is not the answer.

In Philly, U.S. surgeon general reiterates qualms about supervised injection sites

Echoing an interview he gave last month at a recovery event in Philadelphia, Adams said the federal government should help quell the crisis by putting more resources toward measures more widely accepted by the public, such as needle exchanges.

In Philly, U.S. surgeon general reiterates qualms about supervised injection sites

Echoing an interview he gave last month at a recovery event in Philadelphia, Adams said the federal government should help quell the crisis by putting more resources toward measures more widely accepted by the public, such as needle exchanges.

U.S. attorney vows measures to stop safe injection site plan, says he ‘won’t look the other way’

U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain said his office is already reviewing options to stop plans to open what could be the nation's first safe injection site in Philadelphia – ranging from potentially seeking court orders to bar the facility's opening to initiating criminal forfeiture proceedings against the operation. Arrests could be a possibility, too.

U.S. attorney vows measures to stop safe injection site plan, says he ‘won’t look the other way’

U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain said his office is already reviewing options to stop plans to open what could be the nation's first safe injection site in Philadelphia – ranging from potentially seeking court orders to bar the facility's opening to initiating criminal forfeiture proceedings against the operation. Arrests could be a possibility, too.
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How can Ed Rendell support safe injection sites when he locked up crack users as district attorney?

We must help addicts get into treatment. We must support rehab programs that work. No one ever stopped using drugs by continuing to use drugs.

Here’s how Safehouse, Philly’s proposed safe-injection site, will operate

With the incorporation of Safehouse, a new non-profit whose aim is to open the city's first safe-injection site, here's what you need to know about how a site might work here in Philly.

How the Philadelphia nonprofit that could launch the nation’s first safe-injection site got started

Advocates' push for a safe injection site in Philadelphia is beset by enormous risk, but animated by the conviction that saving people from overdosing is less a radical idea than a common-sense proposition.

Why Ed Rendell supported needle exchange during the AIDS epidemic and safe injection sites today | Perspective

The arguments then against the syringe exchange echo the argument that are raised today opposing overdose prevention sites. History vindicated Rendell and ACT UP.

Nothing safe about safe injection sites | Opinion

Opioids have ravaged families and devastated communities across the country.

Kensington resident: 'There's been a disaster here for a long time.'

Gilberto Gonzalez: In June, my son's school was on lockdown three times because the drug dealers were in a shoot-out war for the corner.

Why Philadelphians should be carrying naloxone right now

Carrying naloxone is something you too can do right now to save lives.

For this Philadelphia physician, ‘the greater danger is not opening safe injection sites’

"We shouldn't allow our collective discomfort to stand in the way of evidence-based health policy and practice."

Declaring a disaster in opioid-plagued Kensington, Philadelphia officials announce a new rescue plan

On Wednesday, Mayor Kenney signed an executive order declaring a disaster in the neighborhood, and ordering the creation of an emergency operations center aimed at lowering the bureaucratic walls that have so far hampered the city's efforts to address the crisis.

Fast Eddie's put himself on the line for safe-injection sites. We need more from Mayor Kenney.

Rendell's approach to opening a safe-injection site is what we need in Philly, which has the worst death rate of any major city in the country. It's do-or-die here — literally.

Former Gov. Ed Rendell is leading nonprofit to open a safe-injection site in Philadelphia

The organization, called Safehouse, is the city's first concrete step toward the opening of a safe injection site — where people in addiction can use drugs under medical supervision, and be revived if they overdose.

Philly construction workers are helping each other battle addiction: 'I'm just not quiet about being sober anymore.'

A few dozen construction workers in Philadelphia's building trades double as recovery aides on job sites around the city — watching for coworkers who might be showing the signs of a substance use disorder and encouraging them to seek treatment.

Fentanyl and synthetic cannabinoid confirmed in latest Philadelphia overdose spike

The same drug combination caused another overdose spike in July.
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