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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.

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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.

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Nursing Home Resident’s Daughter: PA Didn’t Protect My Dad From Experimental Drug Study

According to the lawsuit, residents at long-term care facilities are “represent the most fragile in our society and deserve protection, not exploitation.”

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We Might Finally Have an Effective COVID-19 Treatment, But the Economy Is Getting Worse

Word of the drug came as the U.S. government reported that American economic output is shriveling in the biggest and fastest collapse since the Great Depression.

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‘They’re Not Calling 911’: Overdose Deaths Are Spiking in Pennsylvania

Health officials across the state are raising the alarm about an increase in overdose deaths during the novel coronavirus pandemic.