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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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Sherry Jo Matt, Siena Bott, Dylan Bot, and Thomas Bot at a graduation ceremony
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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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Sherry Jo Matt and Thomas Bott at the Cribs For Kids event
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Franklin Park Woman Honored for Activism in Addiction, Reducing Stigma in Mental Illness

A Franklin Park woman dedicated to stopping the stigma attached to addiction and mental illness ...
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From left, Sherry Jo Matt and Erin McCurdy pose with the collection of tea sets prepared for a tea party at McCurdy's home in Cranberry Township.
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Tea Party Celebrates Women, Supports Good Cause

The Mad Hatter has nothing on Erin McCurdy when it comes to tea parties. Sure, ...
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Sherry Jo Matt at the North Allegheny "Candid Conversation"
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Addiction Prevention, Recovery to Be Discussed at North Allegheny Event

“A Candid Conversation about Drugs, Alcohol and Addiction” on April 21, 7 to 8:30 p.m., ...
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Watching Euphoria Brings Back Pain of Living With an Addict

Sherry Jo Matt, 58, told The Sun that she fears the Zendaya-led series – which ...
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Mom Who Lost Daughter, 21, to Overdose During COVID Shares Heartbreak as Drug Deaths Surge to All-Time High

A devasted mother who lost her daughter to an overdose during the pandemic has issued ...
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Communities Hope to Combat Record Drug Overdose Deaths Reported Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

In Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, home to Pittsburgh, the rate of overdose deaths noticeably surpassed that ...
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Other Stories Of the Opioid and Mental Illness Crisis

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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A Disaster in Plain Sight

In San Francisco, roughly 1,310 people died from drug overdoses in 2020 and 2021, almost ...
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As Opioid Overdose Deaths Surge, It’s Time for a Reality Check

If this were a fire, it would be burning out of control. Of late, experts ...
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