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Editorial: Supervised sites won’t solve PA’s heroin problem

Thomas Farley, MD, health commissioner for the city of Philadelphia, responds to a question from a member of City Council’s Committee on Public Health and Human Services during a hearing on a bill that would prohibit beer deli owners from having protective safety glass separating them from their customers during a hearing Dec. 4, 2017. Farley and Dave Perri (left), head of Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections, support the bill. (Clem Murray/Philadelphia Inquirer/TNS)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

January 30, 2018

A proposal that would have been absurd only 10 years ago almost seemed to make sense this week when officials in Philadelphia suggested drastic measures to combat the growing opioid abuse epidemic afflicting the city — and the entire country. Philadelphia Public Health Commissioner Thomas Farley announced ...

Among short-term fixes, Pitt develops long-term plan to combat nationwide opioid crisis

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By Rashi Seth | Columnist

May 31, 2017

Two months ago a couple from Lower Burrell mourned the loss of their son who didn’t live to see his 25th birthday. David Makara’s refusal to get treatment drove him to move out of his parents home as he could not pass a drug test to get a job. Without any notice he moved out to Light of Life she...

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