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FILE - An arrangement of pills of the opioid oxycodone-acetaminophen in New York. Idaho officials on Friday, May 13, 2022, agreed to a $119 million settlement with drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and three major distributors over their role in the opioid addiction crisis. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison, File)
Pennsylvania’s Overdose Death Rate is Third Highest in Nation

The commonwealth’s fatal overdose rate rose 3.5% from 2020 and emphasizes the growing problem of drug and opioid abuse in the state and the lack of an effective solution.

This June 17, 2019, file photo shows 5-mg pills of Oxycodone. (AP File Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Pennsylvania Opioid Settlement Money Expected to Arrive Early Summer

All 67 counties will share in the $1.07 billion the state will receive from pharma distributors Cardinal Health, McKesson, and AmerisourceBergen, along with manufacturer Johnson & Johnson.

FILE - This Oct. 16, 2019, file photos shows an AmerisourceBergen Corp. office building in Conshohocken, Pa.  A $26 billion settlement between the three biggest U.S. drug distribution companies and drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and thousands of states and municipalities that sued over the toll of the opioid crisis is certainly significant, but it is far from tying a neat bow on the tangle of still unresolved lawsuits surrounding the epidemic. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Here’s How Much PA Counties Will Receive From the Opioid Settlement

All 67 counties have signed on to receive a portion of the $1.07 billion Pennsylvania is slated to receive from the opioid settlement agreement.

Sarah Laurel with her brother, Adam Al-Asad, who serves as the director of operations for Savage Sisters, in one of their South Philadelphia recovery houses. (Courtesy Sarah Laurel/Savage Sisters)
Once Left For Dead, This Philadelphia Woman is Helping Those Battling Addiction

Sarah Laurel was a thriving professional who hit rock bottom due to addiction. Having turned her life around, she’s now working on behalf of those in recovery and on the streets with Savage Sisters.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf speaks during a rally to raise the state minimum wage Friday, July 9, 2021, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Majority-GOP State Legislature Allows Opioid Emergency Declaration to Lapse

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf first issued a disaster declaration in January 2018 after Pennsylvania set a record for opioid deaths, then renewed it more than a dozen times as the state battled an epidemic that has worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.

A pile of discarded syringes
How the COVID-19 Pandemic is Enabling Opioid Addiction

State officials anticipate 2020 opioid overdose death totals will exceed those of each of the past three years, including 2017, a year many consider the height of the opioid crisis.

FILE - This Tuesday, April 7, 2020 file photo shows a bottle of hydroxychloroquine tablets in Texas City, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Whistleblower: I Was Fired Over Warnings About Hydroxychloroquine

Dr. Rick Bright alleges he was reassigned to a lesser role because he resisted political pressure to allow widespread use of hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug favored by President Trump.