Rise in Hospitalizations from Overdose

Farley said the increases in heroin overdose cases were “reflective of how the entire problem has shifted.”

“It started out as a prescription problem, but people are switching to heroin because it’s cheaper,” he said. He said doctors need to continue reducing opioid prescriptions “to stop people from getting addicted in the first place.” But, he said, those reductions must be coupled with more accessible treatment, so that people already dependent on pills don’t turn to heroin if a doctor reduces their prescription.

http://www2.philly.com/philly/health/addiction/hospital-stays-for-heroin-overdoses-in-pa-spike-especially-among-hispanics-20180912.html

By Aubrey Whelan

Proposed Bill to Defund Philadelphia

“What’s insane is that the new normal in Pennsylvania is that year over year, the overdose death rate is increasing by 30 percent,” said Devin Reaves, executive director of the Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Coalition. “All solutions to save lives must be on the table.”

The city’s official statement takes the same tack. “History has proven that the way governments handled previous drug epidemics was wrong, and to repeat it will result in the same disasters,” the Mayor’s Office and Health Dept. wrote. “And just as local governments had to lead during the HIV epidemic, cities like ours will be on the forefront of saving lives in the opioid crisis.”

https://billypenn.com/2018/09/12/this-state-rep-threatens-to-freeze-phillys-funding-if-an-overdose-prevention-site-opens/

By Michaela Winberg

Crisis Letal: Telemundo Coverage of the Opioid Crisis

Teaser: https://www.telemundo62.com/noticias/local/Serie-investigativa-_Crisis-Letal_-de-T62_TLMD—Philadelphia-491473001.html

Part 1: https://www.telemundo62.com/noticias/destacados/Crisis-Letal-Vertiginoso-ascenso-en-muertes-por-sobredosis-filadelfia-pensilvania-alexandra-zenteno-jose-lopez-thomas-farley-493088501.html

Part 2: https://www.telemundo62.com/noticias/destacados/Crisis-Letal-Ansian-el-cambio-de-lo-que-ven-como-normal-filadelfia-pensilvania-drogas-muertes-sobredosis-493192481.html

Part 3: https://www.telemundo62.com/noticias/destacados/Crisis-Letal-Empoderan-todo-aquel-que-ayude-filadelfia-pensilvania-departamento-de-salud-naloxone-493333991.html

By Iris Delgado and Rita Portela