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Bensalem police seize six kilos of raw heroin in traffic stop

Bensalem police recently recovered six kilograms of raw heroin with a street value of $4 million during a routine traffic stop. Bucks County District Attorney Matthew Weintraub called it the “largest seizure I can recall this year.” The seizure “certainly saved lives,” said Bensalem Director of Public Safety Fred Harran during a news conference Thursday…
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October 12, 2017 0

Proof that Addiction is a Disease and How it Affects the Brain William August 5, 2016

Proof that Addiction is a Disease and How it Affects the Brain

September 21, 2017 0

Anatomy Of Addiction: How Heroin And Opioids Hijack The Brain

Jack Rodolico From Jack O’Connor became addicted to opioids when he was a teenager. Greta Rybus for NPR When Jack O’Connor was 19, he was so desperate to beat his addictions to alcohol and opioids that he took a really rash step. He joined the Marines. “This will fix me,” O’Connor thought as he went…
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September 21, 2017 0

Turning grief into action

Public officials don’t often bear the anguish they’ve endured in their private lives unless it somehow advances their political career. So it was both extraordinary and commendable and oh so heart-rendering when at public meeting this week, Pennsbury school board President Jacquelyn Redner spoke of her son’s recent death. Josh Redner was 28 when he…
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September 21, 2017 0

As heroin deaths pile up, one Bucks school district weighs unusual step

Updated: September 18, 2017 — 6:58 PM Kathy Boccella Luke Johnson’s family started a foundation, Luke’s HEROin ME Foundation, after the 22-year-old Pennsbury graduate was found dead over an overdose in Florida on May 17. From left: his mother, Maureen Johnson; his cousin, Nicole McDonald; and his sister, Alex Johnson.   by Kathy Boccella, Staff…
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September 19, 2017 0

Pennsbury forms task force to explore ways to better fight drug abuse

Aug 24, 2017 In The News Bucks Co. Courier Times The Pennsbury School District has formed an opioid and mental health task force to explore ways the district can better fight the abuse of opioids and other drugs. School district officials announced the group’s formation during a press conference Wednesday night in front of Pennsbury’s…
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August 29, 2017 0

Study: Doctors received more than $46 million from drug companies marketing opioids

By Katie Zezima August 9 at 5:13 PM Bottles of medications line the shelves at a pharmacy in Portsmouth, Ohio. (Bryan Woolston/Reuters) One in 12 doctors has received money from drug companies marketing prescription opioid medications, according to a study released Wednesday afternoon. Researchers at Boston Medical Center found that from 2013 to 2015, 68,177 doctors received…
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August 10, 2017 0

Drug dealer indicted on charges in customer’s overdose death

By Amanda Hoover For MOUNT HOLLY — An alleged Camden drug dealer was indicted on charges stemming from a customer’s overdose death, authorities said. Jose LaPorte was indicted this week on charges related to the overdose death of a customer, authorities said.  (Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office) Jose LaPorte, 24, was indicted by a grand jury…
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July 18, 2017 0

Our discussion with Mayor Chris Harding on WBCB 1490 Radio

On June 21, 2017, WBCB 1490 and Mayor Chris Harding were kind enough to have us on his weekly radio show to discuss Luke’s story and the Luke’s HERO in Me Foundation.  

June 22, 2017 0