Drug deaths in Philadelphia could set another record in 2021

Drug deaths in Philadelphia could set another record in 2021. Fatal overdoses in the first six months of 2021 rose by nearly 10% compared to the same time period last year, putting Philadelphia on track to see its highest-ever overdose death toll by year’s end.

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How the new COVID antiviral drugs from Merck and Pfizer

(5 days ago) Developing these drugs isn’t the end of the story — we now need to make sure we have systems in place to use them most effectively. A future with vaccines plus pills COVID vaccines have been hugely successful in preventing severe disease, but the successful deployment of these antivirals will …

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Here are the drugs that could treat coronavirus. But don’t

(3 days ago) The drugs are known as antiparasitics (malaria is a parasite, not a virus). Another older antiparasitic drug receiving attention is Ivermectin, which is used to treat a variety of parasitic infections in humans and has shown effectiveness in laboratories against coronavirus.

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Legalize heroin to save lives Opinion

(6 days ago) Some over-the-counter drugs like Sudafed are legal but require an ID to purchase. Many other legal drugs are prescription only. Whatever system we choose, legalizing heroin and fentanyl will immediately save lives. Street opiates are tainted and of uncertain potency, but pharmaceutical-grade opiates are perfectly safe to take in the proper amount.

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Bucks County parents search for clues to drug use in mock

(4 days ago) Rashmi Sharma, of Warrington, looks at an air freshener can that also serves as a hiding place for drugs in the mock bedroom designed to show parents how to spot signs of drugs and other behaviors as well as a Narcan workshop Monday, February 25, 2019 at Central Bucks South High School in …

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The War on Drugs' new live album captures how great they

(2 days ago) The War on Drugs. Live Drugs (Super High Quality *** 1/2) Adam Granduciel is a perfectionist, a studio obsessive who builds up the War on Drugs’ atmospheric music from painstakingly layered guitars and keyboards on songs that cast a hypnotic spell as they embark on journeys of discovery.

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The drug that controls her lupus is $8,300 a dose. Welcome

(8 days ago) Traditional drugs commonly take the form of pills, while biologics must be administered directly to the bloodstream, through infusions or injections. Some examples of biologics include infused cancer medications, Remicade for Crohn's disease and rheumatoid arthritis, Humira for arthritis and psoriasis, Benlysta for lupus.

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Two charged in 16-ton, $1B Philly port cocaine bust, ‘one

(1 days ago) It was unclear Tuesday when investigators discovered the drugs aboard the MSC Gayane, which according to shipping records docked around 5 a.m. Monday in the port’s Packer Avenue Marine Terminal, near the Walt Whitman Bridge. It had arrived after a months-long journey with stops in Peru, Colombia, Panama, and the Bahamas.

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Health costs are crushing Pennsylvanians; a new survey

(Just Now) This is supported by other data that show that prescription drugs are one of the key drivers of high health-care costs. Nationally, the cost of prescription drugs has risen by 30 percent since 2010, with the most common brand-name drugs outpacing inflation, on average, by nearly eight-fold and with double-digit increases between 2012 and 2016.

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Binge drinking changes your DNA, and that matters for

(9 days ago) The findings bolster the idea that the genetic implications of using drugs and alcohol are much broader than during conception or pregnancy. Drinking or drug use even in adolescence can create lasting genetic change that will affect future children, researchers say. The question that remains is …

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10 over-the-counter medicines abused by teens

(9 days ago) Unlike the risks associated with illegal street drugs like cocaine and heroin, the risks associated with OTC drug abuse are given little thought and attention. Teens and young adults who learn about the risks of drugs at home are up to 50% less likely to abuse drugs. - By Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph.

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The War on Drugs is over. Long live the War on Drugs Opinion

(6 days ago) War on Drugs policies disguised as public health benefits also are popular on the national level and on both sides of the aisle. In 2018, President Donald Trump called for the death penalty for drug dealers (“the really bad pushers”) and in the same speech talked about addiction as a health problem and the opioid crisis as a public health

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Sex, drugs, and sharing trade secrets

(Just Now) Sex, drugs, and sharing trade secrets. Teva Pharmaceuticals has sued a former employee, alleging misappropriation of its trade secrets and confidential information to benefit a rival generic-drug company. Teva Pharmaceuticals in North Wales. The Israeli company is the world's largest producer of generic drugs. Read more.

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Residents push for resources, city action in Kensington

(5 days ago) Residents push for resources, city action in Kensington: ‘We need help’. Protesters called on Philly officials to put an end to the area’s open-air drug market and dedicate resources to making the surrounding neighborhoods safer. A group protests at Kensington and Allegheny Avenues in Philadelphia, Pa. on July 8, 2020.

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Former Camden police officer sentenced to 10 years for

(2 days ago) Sep 8, 2012. A former Camden City police officer convicted of stealing cash and drugs, planting evidence, and lying to a grand jury was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday by U.S. District Judge Robert Kugler. Kugler also revoked bail for Antonio Figueroa, 36, and ordered the former member of an elite antidrug squad taken into custody.

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Fired chief diversity officer sues AmerisourceBergen in

(9 days ago) Published. Nov 4, 2021. Lonie Haynes, the former chief diversity and inclusion officer for AmerisourceBergen, claims the company fired him in less than a year after leaders rejected his attempts to diversify the board and executive management, according to a race discrimination lawsuit filed Wednesday in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas.

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Philadelphia’s drug pandemic, like COVID-19, now puts the

(7 days ago) Health officials said Wednesday that they are developing an overdose awareness campaign “that considers the diversity of people who use drugs and Philadelphia’s rapidly changing drug market.” Andre Burton, 30, prepares to shoot heroin in Kensington on Tuesday afternoon, May 14, 2019.

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Next potential coronavirus shortage: Drugs needed to run

(5 days ago) The Houston-based company aims to make two to three times its normal volume of those drugs while manufacturing extra sedatives and paralytic drugs, plus one to boost blood pressure in COVID-19 patients, said Jenkins. » FAQ: Your coronavirus questions, answered.

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Doctors thought she had dementia. Then they investigated

(1 days ago) “The drugs that I’m most worried about in my clinic, when I need to think about what might be contributing to older patients’ memory loss or cognitive changes, are the anticholinergics,” said Rosemary Laird, a geriatrician and medical director of the Maturing Minds Clinic at AdventHealth in Winter Park, Fla.

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How heroin and fentanyl get into Philadelphia — and why a

(2 days ago) Drugs are hidden in secret compartments in passenger vehicles, or secreted among legitimate goods in tractor-trailers. To a lesser extent, Mexican trafficking organizations do send individual smugglers and scouts across remote areas along the border. But sending drugs through legal border crossings is more bang for a trafficker’s buck -- it

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Ex-Flyer Tom Sestito backs claim that drugs are to readily

(1 days ago) Sestito, 34, said he saw no drugs handed out inappropriately when he played for parts of two seasons with the Flyers in 2011-12 and 2012-13. He spent parts of nine seasons in the NHL (154 games), also playing for Columbus, Vancouver, and Pittsburgh before retiring with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies following the 2018-19 season.

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Delco prison correctional officer accused of attempting to

(8 days ago) Oct 19, 2021. A 24-year-old correctional officer has been charged with attempting to smuggle drugs into the Delaware County prison, authorities said Tuesday. Chloe Vadel, who works at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility, is the third correctional officer at the prison in recent months to be arrested in connection with drug smuggling.

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Adam Granduciel of The War on Drugs on the band’s new

(5 days ago) The Drugs have been celebrated as a new breed guitar band revitalizing classic rock without settling for timeworn cliches. Producer and record executive Jimmy Iovine has said the band “should be gigantic.” Last year, Mick Jagger hired Granduciel to remix “Scarlet,” from the Rolling Stones’ reissue of the 1973 album Goats Head Soup.

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16 are indicted in theft, resale of guns, drugs

(4 days ago) 16 are indicted in theft, resale of guns, drugs. The men sold 400,000 stolen pain pills and 188 weapons on Phila. streets, authorities said. A loosely knit group of Philadelphian men who roamed the suburbs at night for years burglarized 47 mom-and-pop pharmacies and a rural gun shop, then resold 400,000 stolen pain pills and 188 weapons on city

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Flyers, coach Alain Vigneault in middle of medical

(7 days ago) Vegas goalie Robin Lehner accuses NHL teams of inappropriately providing prescription drugs to players. Lehner claimed that teams offered drugs to treat anxiety and insomnia to players without prescriptions. He implied that the Flyers were involved, and the team's GM refuted that. Flyers coach Alain Vigneault with Joel Farabee (left) and Nolan

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Nearly 150,000 in Pa. could be forced to change

(6 days ago) As a result, some drugs currently provided will no longer be available without a special exception. That could force an estimated 150,000 of the state’s 2.8 million Medicaid recipients to switch to new medications, state officials said. Among that group, approximately 40,000 could have to …

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Prescription drugs: Did Trump really bring prices down for

(5 days ago) The CPI data set obscures the individual drugs for which the list prices have increased — with far more going up than down. It also does not account for a drug’s true “net price.” Mulvaney’s statement also does not reflect trends showing that, nationally, spending on …

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A late-night car stop in Bucks County led investigators to

(1 days ago) A late-night car stop in Bucks County led investigators to $4 million in drugs headed to New York. Christian Ochoa and Edith Rodriguez Cardenas are accused of trafficking the drugs from California to New York City. Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub announced a major drug bust Thursday that originated with a routine car stop in

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FDA revokes emergency use of malaria drugs for treating

(3 days ago) The decades-old drugs, also prescribed for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, can cause heart rhythm problems, severely low blood pressure and muscle or nerve damage. The move means that shipments of the drugs obtained by the federal government will no longer be distributed to state and local health authorities for use against the coronavirus.

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Amid overdose epidemic, Pennsylvania isn't tracking the

(6 days ago) Nearly half of Pennsylvania death certificates for fatal overdoses have a gaping omission - the drugs involved. Only Louisiana has a worse record. Among the Pennsylvania counties with available data, Philadelphia ranks last. It specified which drugs led to overdose deaths on just 7 percent of 746 death certificates in 2016, according to the most recent CDC data.

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Here’s a simple way to reduce the price of prescription

(4 days ago) This would be one more way to attack the costs of prescription drugs — and help ensure that expensive drugs are really worth the cost. Arthur “Tim” Garson Jr. is a pediatric cardiologist, former medical school dean, and director of the Health Policy Institute at the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

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4 reasons why the safety of generic drugs is a growing concern

(1 days ago) These drugs were developed after a similar kind of medication called angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACE inhibitors) were found to cause a cough in up to 25 percent of people, and rarely cause a life-threatening problem called angioneurotic edema. Both ARBs and ACE inhibitors remain first-line treatment for high blood pressure.

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Teens Abuse Prescription ADHD Drugs, Too

(5 days ago) Teens Abuse Prescription ADHD Drugs, Too. Regardless of the slang or street names, they’re actually stimulants like ‘Ritalin’ and ‘Adderall’, which are commonly prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But like many other prescription drugs, they are getting in the wrong hands for the wrong reasons.

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Authorities bust rival Chester drug gangs, announce end to

(9 days ago) Authorities bust rival Chester drug gangs, announce end to ‘reign of terror’. Federal and local law-enforcement agents on Wednesday rounded up 13 members of rival Chester drug gangs, capping a multi-year investigation into drug dealing in the impoverished Delaware County city. The arrests brought to 22 the number of members of the two gangs

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(8 days ago) Two months ago, Bush announced an $11.7 billion drug-war budget request by saying "our strategy works. . . . Drug use is on the way down. ". Bush cited a NIDA study showing that 47 percent of 15,200 high school seniors surveyed nationwide said they had tried illicit drugs at least once. It was a sharp drop from a peak of 66 percent in 1982

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Suicide, drugs, despair: America’s biggest crisis is the

(6 days ago) Suicide, drugs, despair: America’s biggest crisis is the one we don’t talk about | Will Bunch. The biggest crisis facing America in the 21st Century is the one that doesn't have a name. Or maybe it has too many names. Despair. Isolation. Alienation. Depression. The results have been deadly: Suicides, overdoses and mass shootings.

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Malaria drugs fail to help coronavirus patients in

(3 days ago) The malaria drugs touted by President Donald Trump as potentially “the biggest game changers in the history of medicine” have received a decidedly more sober assessment of their coronavirus-fighting potential from researchers in China, France and Brazil.

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As Oregon decriminalizes drugs, Philly officials are

(9 days ago) Selling drugs, or possessing them in higher quantities, will still be a criminal offense. Oregon is the first state in the country to enact such a sweeping decriminalization law, and its backers hope that it becomes a national model for treating drug use as a disease rather than as a criminal offense.

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Genetic test helps pick the right drugs for mental health

(9 days ago) Genetic test helps pick the right drugs for mental health. Analysis of a simple cheek swab can guide the choice of drugs for depression, anxiety, and ADHD. Revenues at Genomind have more than doubled, from $6.2 million in 2014 to $13.1 million in 2016. Lab technologist Kathleen Davis pipettes genetic samples that can help guide the choice of

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Costs for lifesaving drugs have skyrocketed. Experts say

(4 days ago) But the stakes feel higher with lifesaving drugs on the line, said David Blumenthal, a doctor and president of the Commonwealth Fund, a health-policy research organization. “Everything about health care is magnified in importance by the perception or reality that it’s about life or death,” he said. “The actual legal issues may be the

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Migraine patients can now try three new drugs for prevention

(8 days ago) These drugs were tested in people with chronic migraines, defined as 15 or more headaches a month. One percent to 2 percent of the population falls into that category. The new drugs are monoclonal antibodies aimed at CGRP (calcium-gene-related peptide), a string of amino acids that play a role in how people experience pain, and must be injected.

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Johnson & Johnson to split into 2 and aim for faster growth

(9 days ago) The segment selling prescription drugs and medical devices — J&J’s two largest businesses — will keep the Johnson & Johnson name and blockbuster drugs that include the cancer treatment Darzalex and a COVID-19 vaccine. The new version of J&J also will get incoming CEO Joaquin Duato, who is slated to replace Gorsky early next year.

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Pa. prisons spend $15M after guards were sickened by K2

(6 days ago) Corrections Secretary John Wetzel announced the lockdown after linking the illnesses with exposure to synthetic cannabinoids — the drugs have, by official and inmate accounts, flooded prisons across the state in recent years — but also cited concern over a reported mass exposure to fentanyl at an Ohio prison the very same day the lockdown

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Chinese scientists ask for patent on U.S. drug to fight virus

(1 days ago) Feb 6, 2020. BEIJING — Scientists in the city at the center of China’s virus outbreak have applied to patent a drug made by U.S. company Gilead Sciences Inc. to treat the disease, possibly fueling conflict over technology policy that helped trigger Washington’s tariff war with Beijing. The government-run Wuhan Institute of Virology said

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16 are charged with smuggling drugs in stuffed animals

(9 days ago) The investigation, authorities said, started in February when U.S. Homeland Security alerted Upper Merion police that Green and King were suspected of using an apartment at the Smith Valley Forge complex to deal drugs. Over the next few months, investigators tracked cell phones and payments, and kept close watch on the operation.

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The ‘beer test’ for candidates exposes our hypocrisy on

(4 days ago) The researchers took into account both the harm that the drug inflicts on the person using it and on other people. While alcohol trails behind heroin and cocaine as the most harmful drugs for the user, alcohol is by far the most harmful to other people — and the most …

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Probe of generic ‘cartel’ grows to 300 drugs

(Just Now) And generic drugs do act as a check on soaring drug bills fueled by brand-name manufacturers. In the Medicare prescription-drug program, according to a government study, prices on a benchmark set of older generic drugs dropped 14 percent between 2010 to 2015.

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