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Berks County DA asks public for help amid spike in overdoses

Berks County District Attorney John T. Adams said there have been an “astronomical” number of recent overdoses in West Reading Borough and the City of Reading. He issued a health alert Monday in response to the spike.

By Julia Agos

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Pennsylvania allows opioid emergency declaration to lapse

The Republican-controlled General Assembly rejected Gov. Wolf’s request to renew the opioid disaster declaration, saying it was no longer necessary.

By The Associated Press

How many people in Pa. use cannabis for addiction? The Wolf admin won’t say.

The state Department of Health said it was unable to “share specifics regarding patient use,” despite doing so in the past.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Pa. patients swear by cannabis as a tool to fight opioid addiction. The research still isn’t there.

Pennsylvania approved opioid use disorder as a condition that qualifies a person for medical marijuana in 2018, but experts are still conflicted about its use as an addiction treatment.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

AG Shapiro touts $1B settlement with opioid companies amid criticism from district attorneys

Municipalities face a choice: take the funds, and agree to drop their lawsuits, or fight the drug companies in court.

By Brett Sholtis