How doctors wrote the script for an epidemic
James Johnson V’s attorney says his client became addicted to painkillers after work-related injuries and graduated to heroin.
Prosecutors and Alan Barnett’s lawyer agreed that the former internist, who is 69 and has cancer, should get probation and home confinement.
Police said the child appeared well cared for by his mother, 34-year-old Lauren Wilson. who was facing sentencing later this month for DUI.
As the opioid crisis grew, doctors kept prescribing pain pills. Pennsylvania, slow to respond, now has new laws to curb those prescriptions.
Addiction awareness and new laws may be tamping down painkiller prescribing, initial data suggests.
For one Cranberry woman, half a pill is the difference between an active day and debilitating pain.
April 9, 1985 - Dec. 8, 2016 | Beauty flowed from Alex Kaufman’s strings, but addiction’s coils squeezed him.
Heroin, fentanyl and pain pill users surged through the region’s hospitals, courts and funeral homes — like any other day.
Prosecutors tied Andre Higgs to the deaths of two people who died after overdosing on the fentanyl-laced heroin he sold.
The state Board of Osteopathic Medicine ruled against Thomas C. Barone, who is accused of inappropriately prescribing thousands of pills.
U.S,. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab sentenced Ronald McMillian, 24, of Washington to seven years for supplying fentanyl-laced heroin.
Rosalind Sugarmann was indicted on 237 counts of illegal distribution of Xanax and Suboxone but pleaded guilty to two counts.
The government told a jury that Daniel Teet urged witnesses to lie and falsified records to thwart an investigation of how he prescribed.
The governor said, however, that work remains to be done to stem the tide of drug overdoses around the state.
The coroner says that painkiller abusers, faced with a tight street market for pills, appear to be turning to heroin.
Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration blames a doctors’ organization for the bill’s demise. The doctors blame amendments.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf Wolf will receive bills on prescription limits, and bettering education for doctors and patients
Some $10 billion in aid to states would come with strings, which might force Pennsylvania to change its rules.
In Washington County, where prescription pill abuse often leads to heroin, dozens of drop off spots nudged people to get rid of old drugs.
Members of the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society are concerned, however, that a new database of patient drug histories isn’t working well.
Washington County is collecting painkillers and reversing overdoses, but other area counties are slow to take such steps.
Munhall sister tells how 7-year-old niece tended three younger siblings while parents lay dead for a weekend.
A task force report, two years in the making, outlines the stark challenge of curbing overdoses, but also offers hope.
The issue has become a platform to score wins in a Legislature that has fought the first-term Democratic governor at nearly every turn.
Gov. Tom Wolf urged lawmakers not to limit their expectations despite the waning of the legislative session.
Statewide data shows the prevalence of newborns facing opioid-related challenges is highest in two southwestern counties.
On the eve of a major speech on opioids, and in the wake of data on infants born dependent, the governor proposed new curbs.
The financially muscular Pennsylvania Medical Society pushes back against laws limiting doctors, but doesn’t always win.
Rep. Aaron Kaufer, R-Luzerne, says “this is more about PR” and “more talking about the problem we already know exists.”
The Hindmans and the Eatmans lost young men this week and decided to be open about their sons’ addictions.
The investigation was carried out by the attorney general’s Mobile Street Crimes Unit, which conducted a round-up of defendants Tuesday.
State Rep. Rosemary Brown’s proposal to cap emergency prescribing of opioids has drawn opposition from doctors.
Physicians are panning a proposal to limit narcotics prescriptions issued by emergency rooms.
A Pitcairn woman was there for her son through eight years of addiction. His woes have ended, but her pain goes on.
Gov. Tom Wolf hopes lawmakers can pass four anti-addiction measures this year, including emergency room prescribing rules.
Familylinks, which offers mental health and drug and alcohol treatment services, is holding its Recovery in the Community Day on Friday.
More than 1,000 people have signed up for the inaugural Pittsburgh Recovery Walk, scheduled for Saturday morning.
Two area doctors have been convicted in separate cases after undercover stings by federal agents using patients as informants.
A large group of health and law enforcement professionals has been quietly crafting a plan, due in October.
Before doctors introduce a narcotic, they must now check the patient’s drug history, or potentially face discipline.
Preventing excessive prescriptions through a state monitoring program could nudge some addicts to heroin, doctors and health officials warn.
Police in Huntington (population: about 49,000) reportedly responded to 26 heroin overdose cases in a span of four hours Monday evening.
A year of struggles, pain and redemption marks the lives of some of the 40 people who overdosed on heroin last August in Washington County.
Federal agents have asked nearly 4,000 doctors to surrender their rights to prescribe controlled substances such as opioids.
Among the hardest-hit areas: North Side, Penn Hills, Allentown, Beechview, Carrick, West End, Brookline, McKees Rocks, Millvale.
As jails care for men and women in withdrawal, they remain divided about how to keep them clean -- and alive -- once they leave.
Area jails have varying approaches to the flood of inmates addicted to heroin and opioids.
The government said Mayanak Mishra has spent his entire life helping heroin dealers distribute their product.
Hearings in advance of a special session on the opioid and heroin problem came to Pittsburgh against a backdrop of sorrow.
With a special session likely next month, legislators’ search for solutions to addiction comes to Pittsburgh Tuesday.