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Records obtained by Spotlight PA and WESA reveal how Pa. counties used tens of millions in opioid settlement dollars

Counties are waiting to hear if an oversight board will publicly approve their strategies.
By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA and Kate Giammarise/WESA

Opioid settlement cash a boon to Pa. prosecutors but public defenders are being turned away

County district attorneys are in line for millions of dollars, but under-resourced public defenders say they’ve been sidelined.

By Danielle Ohl/Spotlight PA and Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

GET THE RECORDS: How we’re tracking more than $100M in opioid settlement money in Pa.

Spotlight PA and WESA are requesting opioid settlement spending reports from all 67 counties in Pennsylvania to provide transparency into the process.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA and Kate Giammarise/WESA

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Oversight board will secretly review how Pa. counties spent millions of dollars to fight opioid crisis

Counties must report how they spent tens of millions of dollars they received in the first rounds of opioid settlement payments.
By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA and Kate Giammarise/WESA

A bill to legalize syringe services in Pa. just passed a historic hurdle, but GOP opposition remains

The CDC says new users of syringe services programs are more likely to enter drug treatment. But providers in most of Pennsylvania risk arrest.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

DOJ settlement will bring new protections for people with opioid use disorder in Pa. courts

Under the settlement, officials overseeing Pa.’s court system will encourage all county courts to adopt an anti-discrimination policy for opioid use disorder medications.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Is supply of fentanyl driving demand in Pennsylvania and U.S.?

Best-selling author Sam Quinones thinks so
By Scott LaMar/WITF

Opioid settlement money is supposed to expand syringe services. A Pa. nonprofit just lost $150K because of them.

Billions of dollars are coming to states to help them respond to the opioid epidemic, but Pennsylvania's drug paraphernalia law is creating conflict.
By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA and Sarah Boden/WESA

Justice Department expands claims against Pa. courts in opioid addiction treatment case

The federal Department of Justice recently broadened its accusations that Pa. courts discriminate against people with opioid use disorder by restricting access to medications.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA