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Long-awaited Substance Use Recovery Grant Program Passes PA. House

The Pennsylvania House on Wednesday passed a bill establishing a lifetime grant program for substance ...
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Rep. Venkat Creates Opioid Awareness and Grant Program

State Rep. Arvind Venkat’s bill that would require the creation of materials to circulate information ...
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Alter Eagle: Mother’s Memories

A bonus episode taped on Wednesday May 8, 2024 at Vintage Coffee House where Laura ...
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Sherry Jo Matt and Thomas Bott interviewed for a story on WPXI Pittsburgh about the use of Narcan
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FDA approves over-the-counter sales of Narcan. But would you know what to do to save a life?

In Pennsylvania, accidental drug overdoses are now the number one cause of death for people ...
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Sherry Jo Matt and Heather Abraham attend the 17th Annual Women of Achievement Awards
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Stop The Judgment Project at 17th Annual Women of Achievement Awards

Sherry Jo Matt and Stop The Judgment Project were proud to attend the  17th Annual ...
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Alter Eagle: Stop The Judgment Project with Sherry Jo & Tom Bott

Sherry Jo & Tom Both share the story of their 21 year old daughter Siena ...
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Narcan Training and Distribution Scheduled in Wexford

A free Narcan training and distribution will be held at Generosta Coffee and Cafe in ...
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Sherry Jo Matt and Thomas Bott of Stop The Judgment Project interviews by WPXI Channel 11 News
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Major changes in the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s Office after Target 11 investigation

More than a year after a Target 11 Investigation exposed delays and other issues involving ...
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Sherry Jo Matt of Stop The Judgment Project speaks to WTAE Channel ABC News
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Monroeville Mall mural celebrates Pittsburgh icons Franco Harris and Mac Miller

A memorial within a mural celebrates the lives of Pro Football Hall of Famer and ...
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Stop the Stigma: How This Pittsburgh Woman Came to Devote Her Life to Fighting the Addiction Narrative

It’s a role she never wanted, a role no mother ever deserved, but Sherry Jo ...
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Other Stories Of the Opioid and Mental Illness Crisis

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Patrick J. Kennedy Works To Reduce Stigma Around Mental Health, Substance Use With New Book

Eighty-four million Americans had a mental disorder in 2022, while 34 million people had a ...
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UPMC Healthbeat Podcast - Dealing with a Dual Diagnosis
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Dealing with a Dual Diagnosis – UPMC HealthBeat Podcast

Mental disorders and drug and alcohol use can often go hand and hand. Shannon Brogdon, ...
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Singer Jelly Roll speaks at the Senate hearing on a fentanyl bill
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Jelly Roll delivers impassioned testimony before Congress as lawmakers push for new anti-fentanyl legislation

Grammy-nominated singer Jason DeFord, known to fans as Jelly Roll, urged lawmakers on Thursday to ...
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Philly Adopts New Door-To-Door Canvass Approach to Prevent Drug Overdose Deaths

The new Philly Counts project aims to reach 100,000 doors in city “hot spots” of ...
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Mother Spreading Awareness After Losing Daughter to Fentanyl Overdose

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2022 Was a Deadly (But Hopeful) Year in America’s Opioid Crisis

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the avalanche of overdose deaths ...
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Sharon Murfin holds the blanket of her 17-month-old granddaughter, Serenity Murfin Marusic, who died with fentanyl in her system
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The Youngest Victims of the Fentanyl Crisis

Toddlers are dying after accidentally ingesting the potent synthetic opioid their parents use; a 2-year-old ...
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Top Justice Department Official Calls on Social Media Companies to Do More as Teens Die From Fentanyl

Last year, more than 100,000 Americans died from fentanyl — more deaths than there were ...
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60 Minutes: Resources for Adolescent and Family Mental Health Support

This week on 60 Minutes, Sharyn Alfonsi reported on the harmful effects social media can ...
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What Parents Can Do When Kids Have Suicidal Thoughts

Suicidal thoughts are increasingly common among teens, and cause for alarm among parents. Most kids ...
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