Tonight! Please join officials from @PhiladelphiaGov as we talk about our response to the #PHLopioids crisis, and get your chance to ask questions about CUES: pic.twitter.com/PIY22NplRd
— Philadelphia Department of Public Health (@PHLPublicHealth) April 30, 2018
Community Meeting Postponed
Community Meeting Postponed
Translation of Critical Health Information
Heath Dept. spokesperson James Garrow told Billy Penn the city does already translate some documents, on a case-by-case basis.
These documents are usually grouped with the English documents on the department website, he said. Per Garrow, it takes two to three business days to translate a document to Spanish, via the city’s translation vendor, Geneva Worldwide.
By Michaela Winberg
Naloxone Ad Campaign
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Department of Public Health launched a campaign today to encourage residents to carry and use naloxone, a medication that can reverse an opioid overdose. In 2017, more than 7,000 overdoses were reversed by Philadelphia Fire Department, Police Department and SEPTA Police. Community organizations and residents reversed many overdoses in addition. Nonetheless, in 2017 approximately 1,200 people in Philadelphia died of drug overdose, which means that more widespread use of naloxone has the potential to save many more lives.
Don’t Take The Risk Campaign Launch
Philadelphia — The Philadelphia Department of Public Health launched the second phase of an emotional media campaign that is part of the City’s effort to decrease deaths related to opioid use. The campaign contains a collection of stories in English and Spanish told by people whose lives have been forever changed by prescription painkillers. The Don’t Take the Risk website can be viewed in English and Spanish.
Questions about CUES in Philadelphia
The City just provided an important update on our continued work to reduce opioid abuse in our city.
Philadelphia will encourage organizations to develop Comprehensive User Engagement Sites (CUES). CUES will help people experiencing a substance abuse disorder related to opioids.
Primary author Harrison Morgan
Safe Injection Sites
When would a SIF open in Philadelphia?
That’s still unclear. While city officials have given the green light for a facility to open in Philadelphia, they still need to find a private operator to run it. James Garrow, a spokesperson for the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, told TIME that some parties have expressed interest, but declined to name them.
By Jaime Ducharme
The Medical Examiner’s Costs of the Opioid Epidemic
In Philadelphia, the number of autopsies at the medical examiner’s office has risen about 20 percent since 2013, from 2,489 to 3,018 last year, said department spokesman James Garrow. That required a doubling in the budget for supplies and materials — gowns, safety equipment, and body bags — and the hiring of a new assistant medical examiner. The city doesn’t break out individual costs. “We’re too big an operation,” Garrow said.
By Sam Wood