Stimulant Overdoses

The report also found that sales of amphetamines, such as Adderall, a popular ADHD drug, increased by 617 percent between 2000 and 2017 in Philadelphia, and pharmaceutical companies that make stimulants are spending more on free meals for doctors, presumably to bring their attention to the product.

By Aubrey Whelan

Rise in Syphilis Rates

The increase in women with syphilis is especially alarming to Philadelphia officials because the disease is most serious when it is passed on to a fetus.

“As more women are affected, we are going to see more infants affected, and that’s really devastating,” said Deputy Health Commissioner Caroline Johnson.

By Nina Feldman

Rise in Hepatitis A Cases

Philadelphia now sees more than 30 cases of hepatitis A a year, about five times more than the baseline just two years ago. The viral liver infection is also showing up in people who don’t have any of the known risk factors, said Steven Alles, director of the Division of Disease Control at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

By Joel Wolfram

Call for More Syringe Exchange Programs

While overdose deaths declined last year in Philadelphia, HIV infections increased. Last week, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health released data that show an increase in new HIV infection since 2016 after a decade of decline. The increase has been attributed to infections among people who inject drugs — 59 of whom were newly diagnosed with HIV in 2018, double the number of people who were diagnosed in 2016. Bucks County has been experiencing a similar increase.

By Inquirer Editorial Board

ACME Markets Hepatitis A Warning


The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has recently confirmed that a person who works at the Acme Markets, located at 1400 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, has acute Hepatitis A. The store is aware of the situation and is working collaboratively with the health department.


Acme shoppers who ate precut fruit and vegetables from a store in South Philadelphia last month should consider getting vaccinated “as soon as possible” because a worker at the store has “acute” hepatitis A, the city’s Department of Public Health said Saturday.

By Christian Hetrick


The Health Department released the alert Saturday that an employee of Acme has acute Hepatitis A. That employee had access to cut fruit and vegetables for sale in the store from Sunday, March 17 to Friday, March 29.

By Staff


Anyone who ate pre-cut fruit and vegetables bought at the store from March 17 through March 29 is advised to take precautions against the virus by getting a hepatitis A vaccine as soon as possible, the Health Department said. Contact your health-care provider or local pharmacy for information about being vaccinated.

By Staff

KYW (1)

The Philadelphia Health Department is urging customers of a south Philadelphia super market who ate pre-cut produce from the store to get a hepatitis a vaccine. KYW’s John Mcdevitt reports the warning comes after a food handler contracts Hepatitis A.

By John McDevitt

KYW (2)

Health officials are warning customers of a South Philadelphia supermarket about possible exposure to hepatitis A.

The Philadelphia Health Department recently confirmed that an employee at the Acme on the 1400 block of East Passyunk Avenue has acute hepatitis A.

By Dr. Brian McDonough


By Staff


Philadelphia health officials are asking people to get vaccinated after a worker at a popular South Philly grocery store was treated for “acute” Hepatitis A.

The employee, who is not being identified, works at the Acme market at 1400 E. Passyunk Ave., the Philadelphia Department of Public Health said in a news release.

By Rudy Chinchilla



Muhammad says he just learned of the warning from health officials – that customers who’ve recently eaten pre-cut fruits and vegetables from the store should get vaccinated against the disease – but he’s not worried.

By Justin Udo