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We know there isn’t a city, town or borough in the commonwealth, or in the nation, left untouched by the opioid epidemic.
The photo that flashed onto the courtroom screen showed a young man dead on his bedroom floor, bare feet poking from the cuffs of his rolled-up jeans. Lurking on a trash can at the edge of the picture was what prosecutors said delivered this death: an ordinary, U.S. Postal Service envelope.
HARTFORD, Conn. — Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said Pennsylvania isn't joining a nationwide deal to settle lawsuits against Purdue Pharma over its role in allegedly fueling the opioid crisis. On Thursday morning, Shapiro announced a separate lawsuit saying certain members of the family that owns Purdue are "personally liable for the devastation of the opioid crisis."
National Recovery Month, an annual celebration sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is a national observance held every September with the goal of increasing awareness and understanding of mental and substance-use disorders and celebrating those in recovery.
The state Department of Health calls the prescription opioid and heroin overdose epidemic the worst public health crisis in Pennsylvania, affecting residents in all parts of the commonwealth.
Within days, Caleb Herdman’s flu-like symptoms evolved into emergency bedside lung bypass surgery. After a series of tests, doctors revealed the cause of the lung infection: vaping.
HARRISBURG — Opioid prescriptions have dropped 25 percent statewide since the state rolled out a monitoring database, a Department of Health spokeswoman said Thursday.