5 ways you can help prevent heat-related illness

Very hot weather can make people sick, even healthy adults. Older adults, those who are pregnant, infants and young children, people experiencing homelessness, and people with pre-existing health conditions are at higher risk.

If you see someone on the street who needs help, you can call the Office of Homeless Services outreach hotline at 215-232-1984. If you think someone is having a medical emergency, call 911.

https://www.phila.gov/2019-05-30-5-ways-you-can-help-prevent-heat-related-illness/

2018 Overdose Deaths OpEd

The crisis has been so devastating that it strains comparisons. Nationally, more lives lost in a single year than lost in the entire Vietnam war. The only man-made health problem big enough to cause a decline in life expectancy. In Philadelphia, three overdose deaths for every homicide. An epidemic in which children have lost parents and parents have lost (often multiple) children. A drug crisis mostly hidden in homes but also overflowing onto the streets in the form of strewn syringes, homeless encampments, and men and women nodding off on sidewalks.

https://www.philly.com/health/opioid-overdose-crisis-philadelphia-health-commissioner-20190523.html

By Dr. Thomas Farley

State Hepatitis A Outbreak

Doctor Steve Alles, director of the Division of Disease Control, said the numbers have been slowly climbing since 2017, and the city took a proactive stance in mid-2018.

“Starting last summer in July, Disease Control at the health department went out to the Kensington neighborhood, working with Prevention Point of Philadelphia, and we, onsite, in the encampments, on the streets, offered hepatitis A and flu vaccines to the homeless and drug-using people,” he said.

https://kywnewsradio.radio.com/articles/news/city-health-officials-respond-statewide-outbreak-hepatitis

By Kim Glovas

Chester County Methamphetamine

According to James Garrow, a spokesman for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, drug deaths in which toxicology reports showed methamphetamine rose between 2015 and 2017, but remained stable in 2018.

“The number is still small,” said Garrow. “Only about six percent of drug deaths in Philadelphia last year were positive for methamphetamine — and most of these were also positive for one or more opioids.”

https://www.dailylocal.com/news/chesco-d-a-meth-storming-back-in-county-region/article_fd35018c-7728-11e9-929f-0b74fe35664a.html

By Michael Rellahan

2018 Overdose Deaths

Release

https://mailchi.mp/phila.gov/overdose-deaths-in-philadelphia-dropped-by-more-than-100-in-2018?e=[UNIQID]

Inquirer

  • Overdose death rates dropped in all demographic groups, except for those over 55. Deaths in that age group increased by 29 percent between 2017 and 2018. Health officials saw another age-related shift as well: in 2017, people between 35 and 44 were the most likely age group to die of a drug overdose. In 2018, people between 45 and 54 were at “the most dangerous age” for drug overdoses, health department spokesman James Garrow said.

https://www.philly.com/health/opioid-overdose-deaths-philadelphia-20190514.html

By Aubrey Whelan

KYW

Philadelphia has made a tiny bit of progress in combating overdose deaths. The official death toll for last year was 1,116 people, which is 100 less than in 2017.

The city has mounted a three-pronged attack on overdose deaths: getting more of the overdose-reversing drug Naloxone in circulation, getting more people into treatment and getting doctors to prescribe fewer opioids.

https://kywnewsradio.radio.com/articles/news/overdose-deaths-philadelphia-decline-first-time-five-years-remain-crisis-levels

By Pat Loeb

PhillyVoice

he Philadelphia Department of Public Health found that the number of overdose deaths in the city dropped by more than 100 in 2018, marking a decline of 8% over the previous year.

Figures released on Tuesday show that there were 1,116 overdose deaths last year, down from 1,217 in 2017. While modest, the number is encouraging compared to the 34% increase from 907 deaths in 2016 to 2017.

https://www.phillyvoice.com/philadelphia-overdose-deaths-decline-heroin-fentanyl-treatment/

By Michael Tanenbaum