The Philadelphia research initiative produces in-depth, data-driven reports on some of the major issues facing Philadelphia for the benefit of decision makers, news media and the public at large. In addition, the Initiative produces shorter briefing papers that illuminate front-and-center issues in a timely fashion. When possible, reports describe the conditions and policy approaches in comparable cities. Reports always strive to include viewpoints of key stakeholders and never promote a predetermined policy agenda.
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The Pew Charitable Trusts recently hosted a panel discussion in Philadelphia on how the city and other urban areas, such as Baltimore and Staten Island, New York, are responding to the opioid crisis. Focusing on the latest evidence-based strategies for improving treatment and prevention, the April 20 event highlighted innovative, multifaceted responses that have been successful in all three... Read More
An entire city floating on opioids. That was how Philadelphia’s health commissioner, Thomas Farley, described the city during The Pew Charitable Trusts’ recent panel discussion on the opioid crisis in Philadelphia and other jurisdictions. Use of these drugs led to 1,217 overdose deaths in Philadelphia alone last year. Read More
Philadelphia’s Department of Public Health estimated the number of drug overdose deaths in the city in 2017 at 1,200—nearly double the total from just three years earlier. The increase is being driven by rising opioid misuse and dependence: More than 80 percent of Philadelphia’s drug-related deaths in 2016 involved opioids, a significant change from 15 or 20 years ago, when... Read More