September 16, 2016 |
THOUSANDS of people are expected to take part in the PRO-ACT Philadelphia Recovery Walk on Saturday at Penn's Landing. Now in its 15th year, the event is aimed at demonstrating that people can and do recover from addiction, said PRO-ACT executive director Beverly Haberle. "We aim to show those who are active in their addiction that recovery is attainable and thriving in recovery is possible," she said. Haberle said that 25,000 people in the five-county Philadelphia metropolitan area took part in the walk last year.
September 8, 2016 |
Pain is a more terrible lord of mankind than even death itself. - Dr. Albert Schweitzer, 1931 . By Wade Berrettini Two wonderfully talented artists, Prince and Philip Seymour Hoffman, died in the recent past of opioid overdoses. Opioids are medications (Oxycontin, Vicodin, Dilaudid, Fentanyl, morphine) that relieve severe pain and produce a highly addictive powerful feeling of well-being (euphoria). About 20 years ago, physician prescribing habits for opioids started to become more liberal, from studies indicating that more aggressive treatment of persistent pain was needed.
September 5, 2016 |
Wayne Curtis Weldon Jr., 35, a son of former Congressman Curt Weldon of Delaware County, was found dead Monday, Aug. 29, in his Boyertown apartment, his father said Saturday. Mr. Weldon was found on his sofa. An autopsy was planned, his father said. Mr. Weldon had Type 1 diabetes that required regular insulin injections. But it was his long struggle with drug addiction that the family wanted to be "transparent and open" about, Weldon said. "We worked with Curt and went through the same trauma as other parents," said Weldon, a Republican who served in the U.S. House from 1987 to 2007, representing Pennsylvania's Seventh Congressional District.
September 4, 2016 |
DEAR ABBY: I live in Dubai and started reading advice columns around 10 years ago. I find them fascinating as they give me insight into the lives of people who live in different cultures and have very different ways of thinking. I have learned a great deal from these columns and am often impressed with not just the advice, but also the language used in asking and answering. Because I enjoy them so much, I spend a lot of time every day reading. Some days I pore through the archives, and before I know it, it's time to go home from work.
August 30, 2016 |
HARRISBURG - At 28, Jennifer Storm came face to face with her past. She had just become executive director of the Dauphin County Victim/Witness Assistance Program, and her first case involved the rape of a 12-year-old girl. Storm herself had been raped at 12, by a 28-year-old stranger on the way to a roller rink, and suddenly she saw her ordeal in a new light. "I can't even begin to explain how much that little girl gave me," Storm, 41, said in an interview Tuesday. "I had never felt more confident in my life's mission.
August 26, 2016
ARIES (March 21-April 19). Most changes don't happen overnight, and the larger ones can take especially long. When the change takes hold, it will seem like it happened all at once, but it was years in the making. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You are committing daily acts of self-sabotage. However minor the destructive habit may be, it will work against you over time. This is a bigger deal than it seems. Cut it out now. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). A bitter person looks at the bad situation and says, "It always happens like this.
August 5, 2016 |
AS THE OLYMPICS begin in Rio and on a variety of Comcast/NBC/Universal TV networks and websites, Hallmark Channel will be counterprogramming starting Friday with the first Kitten Summer Games, taped in April. About 90 furry felines, all from shelters but now with families, will compete. Hallmark decided to hold its own "Olympics" on the haunches of its popular Kitten Bowls, staged each year at Super Bowl time. Once again, the fairy godmother on the sidelines is Howard Stern 's wife Beth Stern , crazy cat lady extraordinaire and North Shore Animal League goodwill ambassador.
July 28, 2016
Somehow the rumor had spread that former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies of Montgomery County would be introducing Hillary Clinton on Thursday night. "Everybody is saying good luck with your speech," she said. A nice thought, but not true. She is, however, the mother-in-law of the person introducing Hillary Clinton: Chelsea Clinton, who married Margolies' son Marc Mezvinsky in 2010. Margolies, who cast the deciding vote in favor of Bill Clinton's 1993 budget, then was defeated in the next election, is busy enough this week.
July 16, 2016 |
Pennsylvania will open 20 centers around the state by fall to coordinate care for people addicted to opioids, the Wolf administration announced Thursday. The centers - six of them in Southeastern Pennsylvania - will not be new locations, but instead are existing organizations that will function as navigational hubs to coordinate a range of services for Medicaid patients. By integrating treatment for substance abuse, mental health, and physical health, their mission is to help ensure patients get all the types of care proven to promote recovery.
July 14, 2016 |
Drug overdose deaths in Pennsylvania jumped more than 23 percent last year, the Drug Enforcement Administration reported Tuesday, by far the biggest increase in at least a decade and a sign that the addiction epidemic remains out of control. An analysis of drug-related fatalities by the DEA's Philadelphia Field Division found a 5 percent rise in deaths involving heroin, along with an astonishing increase - up 93 percent in one year - in the presence of the synthetic opioid fentanyl in the bodies of people who died of overdoses.