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Focus on Women as Opioid-Related Hospital Stays, ER Visits Surge

TODAY | BY A. PAWLOWSKI | 6.20.17

There’s a startling new snapshot of the nation’s opioid epidemic. In just a decade, the rate of people hospitalized because of pain relievers and heroin rose 64 percent, while the rate of opioid-related emergency room visits almost doubled, according to a report released Tuesday.

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More Data Needed in Fight Against Opioids Use, Experts Say

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE | BY TRACIE MAURIELLO | 6.20.17

WASHINGTON — The numbers are staggering, and yet Donald S. Burke wants more of them.

He believes good data is essential in fighting the opioid crisis that is growing exponentially across the country — and nowhere faster than the Appalachian region that includes Western Pennsylvania.

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Overdose Survivors in the ER: Seizing Opportunity within Tragedy

The HOSPITAL & HEALTHSYSTEM ASSOCIATION OF PA | BY MICHAEL J. CONSUELOS, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CLINICAL INTEGRATION | 6.06.17

Hospital emergency rooms (ER) across the state are working to realize the potential for opportunity within the tragedy of Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic. While caring for overdose survivors rescued from death, ERs are working to foster connections that could help those patients recover their lives.

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Philadelphia to Mull Safe Injection Sites in Opioid Fight

ASSOCIATED PRESS | BY KRISTEN DE GROOT | 5.19.17 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A task force charged with outlining ways for Philadelphia to combat its opioid epidemic has recommended the city consider allowing safe sites, where drug users could inject heroin. Gov. Tom Wolf was...

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Pa. House expands addiction measures

ALTOONA MIRROR | BY CARLEY MOSSBROOK | 4.21.17 Lawmakers say they hope legislation will increase constituents’ treatment options HARRISBURG — As the opioid and heroin crisis continues across the commonwealth, House Health Committee members on Wednesday unanimously...

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Act now: Lawmakers Still Have Time to Address Opioid Crisis

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE | BY EDITORIAL BOARD | 09.30.16

State lawmakers should use the few remaining days in the legislative calendar to pass new laws aimed at addressing the opioid epidemic. In a rare address Wednesday to a joint session of the General Assembly, Gov. Tom Wolf stressed the possibility of accomplishing much if members from both chambers and parties roll up their sleeves and commit to getting the job done. He was spot on. Delay means more lives lost.

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Wolf, Legislators Coming Together to Fight Opioid Epidemic

THE TIMES ONLINE | BY J.D. PROSE | 09.28.2016

Bipartisanship is a rare commodity in Harrisburg these days, but the fight to curb the opioid epidemic ravaging Pennsylvania brought Democrats and Republicans together Wednesday as Gov. Tom Wolf addressed a legislative joint session to call for immediate action.

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A Day of Hope in Harrisburg

WE ARE CENTRAL PA | BY CAROLYN DONALDSON | 09.20.2016

State leaders joined drug treatment advocates in Harrisburg Tuesday for a ‘Day of Hope’ rally.

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Hundreds Rally in Harrisburg to Heighten Awareness of Opioid Problem

TIMES LEADER | BY TIMES LEADER STAFF | 09.20.16

HARRISBURG — State Rep. Aaron Kaufer joined hundreds of Pennsylvanians, several House and Senate colleagues, as well as Gov. Tom Wolf and members of his administration and others at the PA HOPE (Heroin, Opioid, Prevention and Education) Caucus’s “Day of Hope” rally Tuesday at the state Capitol.

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Lackawanna County President Judge: Opioid Use is Getting Worse

THE TIMES-TRIBUNE | BY PETER CAMERON | 09.13.2016

The opioid epidemic continues to expand its tendrils across society, as deaths from drugged driving in Pennsylvania now exceed those from drunken driving, Lackawanna County President Judge Michael Barrasse told The Times-Tribune editorial board Monday.

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DEA is Cracking Down on Physicians who Overprescribe Pills

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE | BY RICH LORD AND MAIA SILBER | 08.12.16

Thousands of medical professionals have quietly signed away their rights to prescribe narcotics — and, in many cases, their careers — in recent years in a little-discussed part of the federal crackdown on prescribing that has some doctors’ advocates crying foul.

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Older Addicts Squeezed by Opioid Epidemic

THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS | BY CHRISTINE VESTAL | 07.23.16

PORTLAND, Maine — When Clifton Hilton decided to quit drinking this month, he called a residential drug and alcohol detoxification center in this coastal Maine city on a Friday afternoon and was told a bed was available for him. But by the time he arrived on a bus from Bangor the next morning, the bed had been taken.

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Amid Opioid Epidemic, More Schools Offer ‘Sober Dorms’

THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS | BY TERESA WILTZ | 06.15.16

Ryan had a pattern: He’d enroll in college with the best of intentions, start drinking and drugging, then drop out. Three years ago, as he prepared to enroll at the University of Miami, his fifth school, he had what he called a “white light moment.”

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