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January 26, 2002 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Kurt Warner said that he had never taken a pain-relieving injection before a game. He also said that he might do so tomorrow. Those two statements by the St. Louis quarterback yesterday afternoon, coming about 50 hours before the Rams' NFC championship meeting with the Eagles tomorrow, tell you all you need to know about Warner's uncertain status. Warner, listed as probable for the game at the Dome at America's Center, practiced yesterday at Rams Park and reported slight improvement in his bruised ribs and the related back spasms that had shut him down Wednesday.
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April 11, 2001 | By Alicia A. Caldwell INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
The Bucks County osteopath accused of writing thousands of prescriptions linked by drug investigators to a flash epidemic of OxyContin and Xanax abuse in several Philadelphia neighborhoods pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges that he practiced medicine without a license. Richard G. Paolino of Bensalem, 59, allegedly wrote more than 1,200 prescriptions for the deadly painkiller OxyContin and the sedative Xanax between Nov. 1 and March 1 alone - many of the orders for high dosages that alarmed area pharmacists.
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February 28, 2001 | MARK LUDAK/DAILY NEWS
Donna Flade (right, at left) is comforted by Barbara Van Guilder last night at community meeting at 26th Police District headquarters, at Girard Avenue near Montgomery, to warn residents of the potentially deadly risk of the increasing popularity of OxyContin abuse. The meeting, packed with residents (below) eager to share their thoughts on the subject, was called after the recent death of Eddie Bisch. Bisch died earlier this month in his sleep after ingesting OxyContin and alcohol.
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June 30, 1988 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Special to The Inquirer
Charges of attempting to purchase a narcotic with the intent to distribute were filed against two South Philadelphia men after police said they tried to buy 2,000 tablets of the painkiller Dilaudid from an undercover Montgomery County detective. According to an affidavit of probable cause filed by the detective, Raymond Kuter, Daniel Leone, 42, of the 1800 block of South Mole Street and Andrew Altieri, 33, of the 800 block of Mildred Street, met with Kuter and a third man, known only as "Joe" in the parking lot of the Bala Cynwyd Shopping Center last Thursday.
NEWS
February 1, 2013
Two Montgomery County sisters were arrested after a two-year investigation and charged with illegally selling prescription painkillers, police said Wednesday. Darrina Slocum, 34, and Ebony Slocum, 32, both of Towamencin Township, were charged with possession with intent to deliver, conspiracy, and related crimes, according to police. Darrina Slocum was arrested Jan. 19 at her home and released on bail. Ebony Slocum was arrested Tuesday after surrendering to police and was taken to the Montgomery County jail after not posting bail.
NEWS
September 7, 2012 | BY WILLIAM BENDER, Daily News Staff Writer
A NDRE DANIELS rose from his seat at the defense table Thursday afternoon and told U.S. Magistrate Judge Henry Perkin that he was employed by the "city of Philadelphia. " Daniels' attorney, Nicholas Guarente, described his client as a public servant who could lose his job because of the federal drug charges he faces. No one acknowledged the elephant in the courtroom: Daniels is a cop - the 49th Philadelphia police officer arrested since 2009. Daniels, 41, a 15-year veteran of the department who is assigned to the 22nd District in North Philadelphia, was indicted Thursday on 14 counts of illegally acquiring prescription painkillers.
BUSINESS
November 22, 2006 | By Linda Loyd INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Cephalon Inc. engaged in "problematic" practices to promote and increase sales of its narcotic lollipop painkiller, Actiq, according to an investigation by the Connecticut attorney general. Actiq, a berry-flavored pain treatment on a stick, is approved only to treat "breakthrough" cancer pain - a severe spike in pain experienced by patients already being treated with regular pain medication. But doctors widely prescribe it "off label" to treat other types of pain such as migraines and backache, Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal said in an interview.
NEWS
June 23, 2006 | By Todd Mason INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A drug task force has arrested three people suspected of distributing a deadly combination of heroin and a powerful painkiller, the FBI said yesterday. U.S. Magistrate Jacob Hart ordered Louis "Bardo" Morales, Osvaldo "Valdi" Seda and Adam J. "Kekito" Torres-Ojeda held on charges of possessing and distributing heroin. Assisted by Delaware County investigators and Chester police officers, the task force seized what agents called "a large quantity" of heroin in predawn raids Wednesday at Morales' home in the 900 block of Walnut Street and at Torres-Ojeda's home in 600 block of W. 9th Street, both in Chester.
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April 1, 2004 | By Ira Porter INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The 8-year-old West Philadelphia girl who police said unwittingly ingested the painkiller oxycodone after she found some pills inside her house died yesterday afternoon at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, authorities said. Kalilah Williams, who had been on life support since being admitted in critical condition Tuesday morning, was officially pronounced dead at 12:15 p.m. There was no activity in her brain, according to authorities. Police said blood tests indicated that the child, a second grader at Morton McMichael Elementary School, had oxycodone in her system that was similar to tablets found inside a lunch box at the home.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2016 | By Sam Wood, STAFF WRITER
Fatal overdoses involving the powerful synthetic painkiller fentanyl have surged more than 600 percent in Philadelphia during the last three years, city officials said Friday. Illicit use of the opioid was implicated in 184 deaths in 2015, up from 25 in 2013. "Clearly, we have an epidemic of overdoses in Philadelphia involving this drug fentanyl," said Health Commissioner Tom Farley at a Friday news conference. At the same time, the price of the antidote used to treat opioid overdoses has skyrocketed.
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August 20, 2016 | By Sam Wood, STAFF WRITER
Fatal overdoses involving the powerful synthetic painkiller fentanyl have surged more than 600 percent in Philadelphia during the last three years, city officials said Friday. Illicit use of the opioid was implicated in 184 deaths in 2015, up from 25 in 2013. "Clearly, we have an epidemic of overdoses in Philadelphia involving this drug fentanyl," said Health Commissioner Tom Farley at a Friday news conference. At the same time, the price of the antidote used to treat opioid overdoses has skyrocketed.
NEWS
June 17, 2016
A Camden County neurologist was charged with unlawfully prescribing narcotic painkillers and has temporarily surrendered his medical license, prosecutors said Wednesday. William R. Wolfe, 52, of Marlton, was accused of indiscriminately prescribing narcotics to undercover investigators posing as patients. He also allegedly provided blank signed prescriptions to an office staff member at his private practice in Voorhees, who then sold or gave them to various people, including an undercover investigator.
NEWS
April 17, 2016
Critics of how painkillers are prescribed in the U.S. are calling on health officials to change hospital pain management procedures, saying they inadvertently encourage the overprescribing of addictive drugs such as Vicodin and OxyContin. Deaths linked to misuse and abuse of prescription opioids increased to nearly 19,000 in 2014, the highest figure on record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than five dozen nonprofit groups and medical experts, including Pennsylvania's health commissioner, sent a letter Wednesday to the Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals, asking it to revisit the standards.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 22, 2016 | By Sam Wood, STAFF WRITER
About half the states have legalized marijuana for medical use, and Pennsylvania appears ready to join them. Most patients who sign up for the drug indicate they're taking it for pain. But is there evidence that it works? Simple question, complicated answer. Turns out it works for some kinds of pain, but not others, and helps some people more than others. "The short answer is yes," said David Casarett, director of palliative care for Penn Medicine and author of  Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana.
NEWS
March 20, 2016 | By Don Sapatkin, Staff Writer
As a teen growing up in Lansdale, Pat Allan may have experimented with painkillers. But what put him in serious trouble, his family believes, was the Vicodin prescribed after his wisdom teeth were removed in high school. He escalated into abusing prescription opioids bought on the street and their cheaper cousin, heroin. He was 30 years old when New York City police called to say he had been found dead of an overdose. His little sister Kay listened on her dad's speakerphone. When her own wisdom teeth came out the next month, she declined the Vicodin.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2016 | By Linda Loyd, STAFF WRITER
Endo International P.L.C. has reached a agreement with the New York Attorney General to stop marketing its Opana ER painkiller as crush resistant, and to stop understating the addiction risks with the opioid narcotic. Endo, with U.S. headquarters in Malvern and global headquarters in Ireland, will also pay a $200,000 penalty, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said in a statement Thursday. Under the terms, Endo must provide "truthful and complete information" about Opana ER's addiction risks.
NEWS
February 5, 2016
By Ed Rendell Last year, 44,000 people died of drug overdoses, and 52 percent of them were related to prescription drugs. More than two million Americans are dependent on opioid painkillers, and every day, 44 Americans die of an overdose of these drugs. When the cost of these painkillers becomes too great, addicts will turn to lower-cost heroin. In 2007, there were 373,000 heroin addicts in the United States, and 2,400 deaths resulted from heroin overdoses. By 2014, those numbers ballooned to 914,000 addicts and 10,500 overdose deaths.
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August 7, 2015 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Placed purposefully around Gary Tuggle's new office are small treasures picked up on past assignments: a Don Quixote statue recognizing his work in Trinidad, a Baltimore Ravens cap from his hometown, and, from a visit to Colombia, three dried opium poppies. "I use them as inspiration," he said of the flowers whose seed pods are the source of heroin. "Every time I look at them, it reminds me of how bad the problem is in this country, and how much needs to be done to combat it. " In June, Tuggle reported to work as special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration's Philadelphia Field Division, which covers Pennsylvania and Delaware.
NEWS
May 9, 2015 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Public health officials are bracing for a new wave of hepatitis C infections, one unleashed by the epidemic of prescription painkiller addiction. The bloodborne virus, on the decline nationally until a few years ago, is rising rapidly among adolescents and young adults, especially in white, rural communities. These are the same areas where a devastating epidemic of prescription opioid deaths first showed up over a decade ago, followed by a wave of heroin deaths. Most of the new hepatitis C patients have contracted the virus by injecting drugs, often crushed pain pills.
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August 31, 2014 | By Marie McCullough, Inquirer Staff Writer
A new analysis suggests that states that legalized marijuana for pain relief may have averted some deaths from more dangerous painkillers - prescription opioids. But the study also found that states with medical marijuana laws consistently had higher opioid death rates than states without such laws, showing the complexity of this country's opioid crisis. "States that passed these laws are different than states that didn't pass laws," said lead author Marcus A. Bachhuber, an internal medicine fellow at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.
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