Pizza Restaurant Complaints

James Garrow of the Department of Public Health confirmed that a “Health Department sanitarian” visited the location on Monday “in response to online complaints.”

“The sanitarian was unable to conduct an inspection of the establishment. This facility was last inspected on March 27, 2017 and found in compliance,” he said. “Our sanitarian spoke with the owner and confirmed that this establishment will be inspected when they re-open.”

By Brian Hickey

July 20 – 21, 2018 Overdose Cluster

Between Friday and Saturday, at least 165 people around the city overdosed — an unprecedented number, health officials said, and thought to have been driven by the drug Freeman bought. Health officials believe it may have been heroin cut with an anticholinergic, a substance found in muscle relaxers and the antihistamine diphenhydramine (Benadryl) that causes dangerous side effects.

By Aubrey Whelan

First Heat-Related Death of 2018 in Philadelphia

On Thursday — the sixth consecutive day of 90-plus temperatures locally —  Philadelphia reported its first heat-related death since 2016.

The victim was not identified, nor was it disclosed when the person died. Health Department spokesman James Garrow said heat was “a significant contributing factor” to the death, which occurred during the heat wave that began Saturday and peaked Tuesday.

By Tony Wood

Philadelphia’s Air Quality Improving

Philadelphia’s push for clean air started in 1979 after the EPA put the metro region—which at the time included the city, surrounding counties, and nearby locales—into its “severe non-attainment” category. Regulations implementing changes in the 1980s and 1990s are still in force and will likely be enough to get the city back into attainment within three years, Garrow said.

By Leslie Pappas

Southwest Airlines Flight Death

Philadelphia’s medical examiner says that a woman killed when she was partially blown out of a Southwest Airlines plane died of blunt impact trauma to her head, neck and torso.

Spokesman James Garrow of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health said Wednesday evening that Jennifer Riordan’s death was ruled accidental.

By Associated Press