Treating Opioids Addiction in Prison

Of the 2,522 people who died after their release from city prisons between 2010 and 2016, a third died of overdoses, according to a city health department study published in the scientific journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence this month. And former inmates were particularly at risk in the first two weeks after their release. (It’s too early to tell whether the new buprenorphine program has had an effect on overdoses among former inmates, prison officials said.)

By Aubrey Whelan

West Nile Virus and Mosquitoes

Everyone knows that familiar buzzing sound. Everyone knows that awful itch that only gets better for like a second before it comes back even worse.

MOSQUITOES: the bane of every summer.

While we might not like mosquitoes, they are actually a lot more than just annoying. They are actually disease spreaders. That’s right, they can get you sick.

July 20 – 21, 2018 Overdose Cluster 3

The health department reported additional test results late Friday on drug packets related to last weekend’s overdose spike, concluding, “The Department of Public Health now believes that 5F-ADB was the primary cause of the cluster of patients with these adverse drug reactions.”

By Joel Wolfram

Pizza Restaurant Complaints 2

A representative for the city’s Department of Public Health told the outlet that the restaurant was indeed visited on Monday, but the “sanitarian” was unable to contact an inspection as it had already closed.

“Our sanitarian spoke with the owner and confirmed that this establishment will be inspected when they re-open,” said James Garrow of the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health.

By Michael Bartiromo

July 20 – 21, 2018 Overdose Cluster 2

“We don’t want to make a definite confirmation until we know more,” said James Garrow, spokesman for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

Garrow stated the heroin tested by the Willow Grove lab came from an independent purchase, not from an overdose victim, and that the samples were sold outside city limits, and not near where the bulk of the overdoses occurred in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood.

“That said, the reactions that victims displayed upon being revived is consistent with the synthetic cannabinoid being present. We don’t want to make a definite confirmation until we know more,” Garrow wrote in an email.

By Aubrey Whelan