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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

Lawmakers renew call for stronger addiction treatment oversight as two Pa. providers charged

Two Philadelphia addiction treatment facilities and their owners face criminal charges for allegedly sending illegal kickbacks to recovery homes and forcing patients into substandard care.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania can’t fine addiction treatment facilities that break rules. Some lawmakers want to change that.

The ability to charge fines or fees could weed out bad actors and prevent ongoing harm, experts say, but there’s already pushback from the provider industry.

By Ed Mahon/Spotlight PA

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Quarantining patients at Pa. drug treatment centers could pose risk, but many have nowhere else to go

Some people in treatment centers have nowhere to go. With recovery houses and homeless shelters closing to new entrants, alternatives are dwindling
By Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA

She’s the force behind Pa.’s efforts to treat drug addiction. Critics say ‘there is more to the story.’

As a lobbyist, Deb Beck wields significant power over drug treatment policy and legislation. But some question whether she uses that influence to benefit the businesses providing care over what's best for patients.
By Aneri Pattani/Spotlight PA

Pennsylvania gets $55.9 million to help people living with opioid addiction

Funds have been used for a wide range of services, such as providing medication-assisted treatment, hiring care workers and helping people with things like housing, transportation and employment.

By Brett Sholtis

Is the opioid crisis over?

By Smart Talk