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More than 4,300 people died from drug overdoses last year in Pa.

More than 4,300 people died from drug overdoses in Pennsylvania during 2019, according to a recent state Department of Health report.

By Brett Sholtis

A day in the life of someone in long-term recovery during the coronavirus pandemic

“It’s kind of the silver lining of this whole entire pandemic,” Dan Albert says, “knowing that even though we’re apart, we’re never alone.”

By Keira McGuire

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Feds move to block opening of US supervised injection site

U.S. Attorney William McSwain has filed notice that he will appeal a judge’s ruling this week that found the plan legal.

By Maryclaire Dale/The Associated Press

Philly DA to stop charging for possession of opioid treatment drug popular on the street

Buprenorphine is one of three Food and Drug Administration-approved medications to treat opioid use disorder. But because it’s technically a low-grade opioid, it counts as a controlled substance, and without a prescription, it’s illegal.

By Nina Feldman/WHYY

Philly to start tracking doctors to target opioid overprescribers

Despite their yearslong effort to urge doctors to prescribe fewer opioids, Philadelphia health officials say there are still too many pills being dispensed in the region.

By Nina Feldman/WHYY

Auto plant closures may lead to more opioid overdose deaths, Penn study finds

A growing body of social and scientific research aims to establish a connection between declining economic conditions and poor health outcomes.

By Nina Feldman/WHYY