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Doctors discuss drug overdose crises and resources on International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day is Wednesday and Dr. Bonnie Milas, Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine for the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and Dr. Patti Anewalt, Director of Pathways Center for Grief & Loss joined us on Tuesday’s Smart Talk to spread awareness of the drug overdose epidemic and provide resources that for victims and families.

By Aniya Faulcon

Fentanyl behind rise in drug overdose deaths

More than 107,000 people died of drug overdoses in the U.S. last year

By Scott LaMar/WITF

Legislation aims to prevent drug overdose deaths and diseases with ‘syringe services programs’

Such programs already operate in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Scranton.

By Brett Sholtis

Opioid deaths accelerated during the pandemic, lockdowns fueling an unintended outcome

The COVID-19 public health response “just spun everything out of control,” for those at risk of opioid abuse

By Merideth Bucher/WITF