Heroin http://wesa.fm en Casey Pushing For Drug Abuse Legislation http://wesa.fm/post/casey-pushing-drug-abuse-legislation <p>Saying Pennsylvania is in a prescription and drug abuse crisis, Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pennsylvania) is pushing for legislation to study and fight opioid abuse.</p><p>The Prescription Drug Abuse Act would include training for practitioners, state grants for drug abuse education, and the creation of a national registry to track opioid related deaths.</p><p>Pennsylvania has the third highest rate of heroin abuse in the U.S. and ranks 14<sup>th</sup> in drug overdose mortality, according to state Attorney General Kathleen Kane.</p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 21:41:47 +0000 Michael Lynch 25125 at http://wesa.fm Town Hall Discusses Heroin, Drug Use in Wake of Overdose Deaths http://wesa.fm/post/town-hall-discusses-heroin-drug-use-wake-overdose-deaths <p>Following the recent rash of deaths linked to heroin laced with fentanyl, the Pennsylvania <a href="http://www.drug-alliance.org/">Alliance for Safe and Drug-Free Children </a>is holding a town hall Thursday night geared toward parents.</p><p>There have been 14 deaths in Allegheny County linked to the drug, with more in surrounding counties. This, along with the high-profile death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from a suspected heroin overdose, is prompting the organization to reach out to those close to people who may be vulnerable to drug addiction, particularly youth.</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 20:58:48 +0000 Deanna Garcia 24005 at http://wesa.fm Heroin Addiction & the Social Stigma of Rehab http://wesa.fm/post/heroin-addiction-social-stigma-rehab <p>The recent rash of deaths from heroin laced with fentanyl, and the death of <a href="http://ideas.time.com/2014/02/02/how-philip-seymour-hoffman-could-have-been-saved/">Philip Seymour Hoffman </a>have brought attention to the need for more efficient clinical treatment for drug addiction.</p><p><a href="http://www.gatewayrehab.org/">Gateway Rehab</a> Medical Director Dr. Neil Capretto works with addicts and talked about <a href="http://ideas.time.com/2013/04/03/we-need-to-rethink-rehab/print/">what a relapse can mean </a>to someone trying to conquer their dependency.</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:14:30 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23878 at http://wesa.fm Heroin Addiction & the Social Stigma of Rehab Details on Local Fentanyl-Laced Heroin Overdoses http://wesa.fm/post/details-local-fentanyl-laced-heroin-overdoses <p>State police are still trying to track down the source of a drug that has killed as many as 23 people in Allegheny, Armstrong, Butler and Westmoreland Counties, based on data released Friday by the Allegheny County medical examiner’s office.</p><p>There have been 14 deaths in Allegheny county in which victims tested positive for both heroin and Fentanyl, a powerful analgesic used to treat cancer patients.</p><p>90.5 WESA reporter Liz Reid has been following the story and says leading up to January 24th, the County Medical Examiner saw one opiate overdose death per day, which was not considered abnormal, but he became concerned when that number jumped to 3 in one day, on Friday and 4 more that Saturday. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 23:30:23 +0000 hmcclain 23840 at http://wesa.fm 6 Charged With Possessing Deadly Heroin http://wesa.fm/post/6-charged-possessing-deadly-heroin <p>At least a half-dozen people have been charged by authorities in and around Pittsburgh with possessing heroin that is stamped with street names linked to drugs that investigators believe have caused 22 fatal overdoses in recent weeks.</p><p>After police had announced five previous arrests, on Thursday Attorney General Kathleen Kane announced similar charges against 39-year-old Tywon Laniel Newby of Clairton. Newby is being held at the Allegheny County Jail, unable to post $250,000 bond. No attorney was listed on court papers.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 03:19:44 +0000 The Associated Press 23666 at http://wesa.fm Allegheny Co. Trying to Prevent Further Heroin Overdoses After Rash of Deaths http://wesa.fm/post/allegheny-co-trying-prevent-further-heroin-overdoses-after-rash-deaths <p>Health officials are warning that an extremely dangerous brand of heroin is making the rounds in Pittsburgh and surrounding counties.</p><p>Twenty-two people have died in the past week in western Pennsylvania from a suspected overdose of a mix of heroin and the powerful narcotic fentanyl,&nbsp;according to Attorney General Kathleen Kane.</p><p>The Allegheny County Medical Examiner says they’ve found “stamp bags” labeled with the words “Theraflu,” “Bud Ice” and “Income Tax” at the scenes of the overdoses.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 17:17:48 +0000 Liz Reid 23483 at http://wesa.fm Drug Bust in Wilkinsburg Nets 18 Arrests and 13,500 Bags of Heroin http://wesa.fm/post/drug-bust-wilkinsburg-nets-18-arrests-and-13500-bags-heroin <p>Eighteen people alleged to have ties to a violent drug gang based in Wilkinsburg have been arrested in what is being called a major bust. The suspected drug dealers were taken into custody as part of a joint effort involving the PA Attorney General's Organized Crime Section and the Allegheny County Police.</p><p>The "Operation Wilkinsburg Crew" was launched, according to Attorney General Kathleen Kane, in reaction to a series of homicides and shootings in Wilkinsburg believed to be related to heroin trafficking.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 17:56:21 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 15678 at http://wesa.fm Police: Pa. Boy Calls 911 After Dad, Grandma OD http://wesa.fm/post/police-pa-boy-calls-911-after-dad-grandma-od <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">NEW BRIGHTON, Pa. — </span>Police have charged a man and his mother with endangering a 10-year-old boy who called 911 when they passed out at home while allegedly using heroin.</p><p>The <a href="http://bit.ly/ZP7FBB">Beaver County Times</a> reports police found both adults unresponsive when they arrived Friday evening.</p><p>Online court records don't list attorneys for 34-year-old Chad Kiser and 52-year-old Ginger Ray Foust of New Brighton. The boy is Kiser's son and Foust's grandson.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 17:34:06 +0000 Associated Press 3321 at http://wesa.fm