Reminders! Cause we're just here to help.
🌬 air conditioning = GOOD❗️
🌞🔥 going out during the hottest part of the day = BAD❗️
🚰 drink plenty of water = GOOD❗️
👋 check on elderly neighbors = GOOD❗️
— Philadelphia Department of Public Health (@PHLPublicHealth) August 28, 2018
Thomas Farley, Philadelphia’s health commissioner, said the new state-level data suggest that Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis is no longer confined to urban areas.
“We’ve always had a bigger heroin problem than the rest of the state,” he said. “What I’m struck by is how much of a problem we have in the rural areas that were previously untouched by this. The opioid crisis is raging through Pennsylvania like the wildfires are raging through California.”
He said the rise in fentanyl-related overdoses was particularly concerning.
“That’s the top drug here — and it’s 50 times as potent as heroin, much more likely to get people addicted, much more likely to cause an overdose,” he said. “It’s changed the entire nature of the problem.”
By Aubrey Whelan
Finalizing a cause of death could take upward of three months, said Jim Garrow, a spokesperson for the Department of Public Health.
By Kelly Brennan
A spokesperson for the city Medical Examiner’s Office said that Kayden died of “blunt-impact injuries of the head,” and that Mancuso hanged himself.
By Julie Shaw
“The Medical Examiner’s Office has not made a ruling, and it’s listed as pending investigation,” emailed James Garrow, spokesperson for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, which includes the coroner’s office.
By Bonnie Cook
So far the city has reported just one heat-related death, James Garrow, spokesperson for the Health Department, affirmed Monday.
By Anthony Wood
PHILADELPHIA–Weather permitting, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health’s Vector Control staff is planning to apply treatments to control adult mosquitoes after 9 p.m. Monday evening, August 6th, in FDR Park in South Philadelphia.