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Overdoses rise during the holidays, and this year could be especially tough. Experts urge caution.

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Dr. Scioli spoke with The Philadelphia Inquirer about how individuals and families can prioritize their recovery during the holiday season. Read the article: Overdoses rise during the holidays, and this year could be especially tough. Experts urge caution. Philadelphia encourages all residents to keep a stock of naloxone, the opioid overdose reversing drug, in their homes, especially during the holidays.


It’s a delicate dance around the holiday season. Even people who don’t have substance use disorder tend to use substances in a very different way around the holidays. But if you identify concerns about a family member, it would be important to have a conversation with that family member around substance use from a place of love and compassion, not blame or shame. With adequate treatment, recovery is not only possible but probable. It’s not a hopeless condition.”

Dr. Adam Scioli
Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

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