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Victory! Falls Supervisors Reject Elcon Plan

Victory! Falls Supervisors Reject Elcon Plan | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

Four years of controversy over a proposed hazardous waste treatment facility in Falls culminated in a dramatic denial vote by the township board of supervisors Tuesday night, eliciting a rousing applause by an audience of hundreds who stayed until just before 10 p.m. to witness the moment.

 

It was apparent early in the more than three-hour meeting that the supervisors were not keen to the plan, brought by Elcon Recycling Services, as their questioning of the company’s representatives was sharp and critical. Supervisor Jeffrey Dence led questioning late in the exchange, expressing concerns there wasn’t enough room to put in an additional fire lane for emergency access.

 

Questioning from Falls supervisors and the township’s professional staff made it clear they took specific issues with Elcon’s presented plans. The plans call for the processing of between 150,000 to 210,000 tons of chemicals and pharmaceutical waste each year, according to the company’s past filings. The company aims to build the facility on a 23-acre site in the Keystone Industrial Port Complex, an approximately 3,000-acre industrial park encompassing the former footprint of U.S. Steel’s Fairless Works operation.

 

Elcon representatives say its facility would be state of the art and create up to 120 short-term construction jobs and about 50 full-time operations jobs. The company has said the plant would produce little pollution and adhere to all environmental regulations. [Video rebuttal: “John Mack Lists the Air Pollutants the ELCON Hazardous Waste Treatment Plant Would Be Allowed to Emit”]

Opponents, primarily made up of local residents and backed by local environmental groups [In 2016, Newtown Township - among others - passed a resolution opposing this plant due to "danger" to drinking water. See here for more information about that.], are skeptical.

 

Falls officials also raised concerns over access for emergency vehicles, exit routes for workers in the event of an emergency, potential pitfalls in the facility’s spill containment measures, and other issues. One of the more pointed critiques was that Elcon would need to bring in about 5,000 trucks with 70,000 cubic yards of soil fill to raise the footprint of the facility above the floodplain, something they suggested that the zoning code discourages.

 

After the vote to deny, supervisor chairman Robert Harvie, Jr. noted the Department of Environmental Protection still has its own review of Elcon’s applications and doesn’t have to take into account the township’s decision, although he said he hoped it would [read “A Crowded Meeting Pits Citizens Against the PA DEP Regarding the Elcon Proposal”]. It also remains to be seen whether Elcon will appeal the township’s decision; representatives left the room before the conclusion of the full meeting, which closed with other township business.

 

John Brodowski, deputy mayor of Bordentown City in New Jersey, which has also opposed the plan, used his public comment to discourage the company from doing so.

 

“Respect the decision,” Brodowski said. “Let’s not drag this out with lawsuit after lawsuit.”

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CrimeWatch: @Newtown_Police Cut a Deer Loose, Give Marijuana User a Break, and Educates Resident About Amazon Delivery People

CrimeWatch: @Newtown_Police Cut a Deer Loose, Give Marijuana User a Break, and Educates Resident About Amazon Delivery People | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

June 12, 2019: Police were dispatched to a home on Delaware Court just before 6 a.m. for a report of a deer tangled in a soccer net in the back yard. The responding officers received permission from the resident to cut the soccer net in order to successfully free the deer.

 

[I would love to see a video of that! Not only the deer could have been injured but also the officers. It’s amazing the things our Police Department is asked to do! Seems to happen often if Google Images is to be believed (the image above is NOT this incident, but just a random photo I found online).]

 

June 8, 2019: Police stopped a driver on Durham Road for committing a vehicle code violation. Upon contact with the driver, the officer detected the odor of marijuana. A small amount of suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia was discovered and collected as evidence. The driver satisfactorily performed Field Sobriety Tests and was permitted to leave the scene. He was advised that he would be receiving several citations for his violations.

 

[I am in favor of decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use. There’s no sense ruining a young person’s life with a criminal record for that!]

 

June 7, 2019: A Newtown Township resident reported seeing a woman stealing packages off of front porches in the area of North Drive and Sequoia Drive and decided to follow her around the neighborhood until the police arrived. Police responded and met with the complainant. Both observed that the woman was delivering packages for Amazon and was not stealing them. Police explained to the complainant that most Amazon deliverers do not have uniforms or marked vehicles.

 

[Q: Was the delivery person a person of color and that’s why she was followed?]

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Courier Times Says Has A Simple Message for Elcon: "Go Away."

Courier Times Says Has A Simple Message for Elcon: "Go Away." | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

Shame on Elcon for ignoring the will of the masses in its relentless pursuit of profit. Even after five years of hearing “no,” the company is still unwilling to take it for an answer.

 

We’re not going to litigate the [issue] here. But we’ll say this: Elcon Recycling Services had five years to draft a plan that would pass muster with the township and assuage the fears of residents and environmentalists. Instead, if the specificity of the filing is any indication, it seemed to spend those five years laying the groundwork for an appeal.

 

Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has issued a draft “intention to deny” Elcon’s application following a 10-month review process after a public comment period ends July 15 (see here http://sco.lt/5QONnc). It’s possible that Elcon could still submit alterations to its application in the next few weeks that’d change the DEP’s position but, at this point, it looks like Elcon is heading toward a “no” from the state as well.

 

We implore Falls Township to continue the fight at county court. We urge Elcon to take all these ’no’s for an answer and simply go away.

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  • “Despite Falls Vote Against It, the Elcon Proposal Isn’t Dead Yet. Activists Plan to Double Their Efforts to Kill It”; http://sco.lt/89CAoy
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CrimeWatch: @Newtown_Police Responded to Overnight Attempted Robbery at KVK Tech Site

CrimeWatch: @Newtown_Police Responded to Overnight Attempted Robbery at KVK Tech Site | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

On June 10, 2019 at approximately 4:35 am, Newtown Township Police Officers responded to a reported robbery in progress at KVK Tech, located on Campus Drive [the old Lockheed Martin site]. Overnight security staff reported that they encountered two black males pictured in the attached photos, that had gained access to the interior of the business and demanded to know the location of any drugs on site. The security advised the males that the location does not include any drugs on site and the males forced the security staff inside of an office and threatened them to remain inside for a period of time, or they would be shot. The males then fled the business and security notified police. The males are described as 1) a black male, approximately 5'8", thin build, & 2) a black male wearing a construction hard hat, approximately 6'0" tall.

 

Through the course of the investigation, Detectives have learned that the black male wearing the floral pattern shorts, a black hat and the “Big Paw Paw” t-shirt, entered the property recently and attempted to access the business.

Sourced via CRIMEWATCH®: https://bucks.crimewatchpa.com/newtowntwppd/34824/cases/overnight-attempted-robbery

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Glad no-one was harmed. These guys probably wanted to nab some oxycodone (an opioid), KVK's #1 best-selling drug.

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FDA Finds PFAS in Chocolate Cake at 250 Times the Health Advisory Level for Drinking Water. Should You Be Concerned?

FDA Finds PFAS in Chocolate Cake at 250 Times the Health Advisory Level for Drinking Water. Should You Be Concerned? | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

The Food and Drug Administration found substantial levels of a worrisome class of nonstick, stain-resistant industrial compounds in some grocery store meats and seafood and in off-the-shelf chocolate cake, according to FDA researchers.

The FDA’s food-test results are likely to heighten complaints by states and public health groups that President Donald Trump’s administration is not acting fast enough or firmly enough to start regulating the manmade compounds.

A federal toxicology report last year cited links between high levels of the compounds in people’s blood and health problems, but said it was not certain the nonstick compounds were the cause. 


The levels in nearly half of the meat and fish tested were two or more times over the only currently existing federal advisory level for any kind of the widely used manmade compounds, which are called per- and polyfluoroalykyl substances, or PFAS.

The level in the chocolate cake was higher: more than 250 times the only federal guidelines, which are for some PFAS in drinking water.

Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman Tara Rabin said Monday that the agency thought the contamination was “not likely to be a human health concern,” even though the tests exceeded the sole existing federal PFAS recommendations for drinking water.

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I guess it’s “not likely to be a human health concern” unless you eat a whole lot of chocolate cake!

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Nation’s First Massive Trial Against Opioid Manufacturers In Oklahoma Will Test How Much Pharma Will Be Held Responsible For #OpioidCrisis

Nation’s First Massive Trial Against Opioid Manufacturers In Oklahoma Will Test How Much Pharma Will Be Held Responsible For #OpioidCrisis | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

A trial that kicked off in Norman, Oklahoma, on Tuesday will provide an unprecedented examination of how the country spiraled into a devastating opioid epidemic — and could indicate to what degree drug companies accused of fueling the crisis will be held responsible in hundreds of other lawsuits still pending across the country.

 

Most of the litigation against opioid makers and distributors — involving states, cities, counties and tribes [including Newtown Township’s case. For more on that, read “Newtown Files Suit Against Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors”] — is wrapped up in a single massive lawsuit overseen by a federal judge in Ohio. But the Oklahoma lawsuit against a single manufacturer of prescription painkillers is the first to reach trial and could establish a precedent for damages paid to communities ravaged by opioids.

 

In opening arguments Tuesday, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter accused Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals — the lone remaining defendant in the case — of creating “ruinous destruction” by flooding the state with highly addictive painkillers.

 

"It's time to hold them responsible for their actions," Hunter told Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman, who will decide the case instead of a jury.

 

But Johnson & Johnson attorney Larry Ottaway countered that Oklahoma is distorting facts to wrongly blame the company for the addiction crisis and questioned whether it can get a fair trial in state court.

 

“When they make the charge that the people at Janssen set out to addict kids, it is only fair that we bring before the court what Janssen actually does to educate kids,” Ottoway said.

 

The Oklahoma trial, which is being broadcast online, is expected to last for much of the summer, drawing renewed attention to a health crisis that is still claiming 130 U.S. lives a day. The testimony will focus on how much manufacturers of highly addictive painkillers are to blame for getting patients hooked on opioids through misleading medical claims and aggressive marketing practices.

 

The trial will be closely watched by the hundreds of parties participating in the larger multi-district litigation overseen by U.S. District Court Judge Dan Polster, who has been pushing for a massive settlement before the first of those cases go to trial in the fall.

 

“It’s going to be one of the first times that there will be evidence presented in an open forum about how we got to where we are,” said Joe Rice, co-lead counsel in the federal litigation targeting drugmakers and distributors in Ohio. “That’s a big question that a lot of people in the health community want to know. … Why and how did we get here?”

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Related Stories:

  • “PA Sues Purdue Pharma: If They Won’t Negotiate, Then We Must Litigate!”; http://sco.lt/6JagyW
  • “Purdue #Pharma Doesn't Want Court to Unseal Oxycontin Marketing Documents. What's It Hiding?”; http://sco.lt/6wb24f
  • “OxyContin's 12-hour Problem: Misrepresentation of Efficacy Leads to Addiction & Purdue Knew It”: http://sco.lt/8RfD5F
  • “The History of Purdue's Marketing of Oxycontin & Its Connection to the Opiate Epidemic”: http://sco.lt/6RajLd
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Fetterman's Listening Tour in Newtown: Attendees Overwhelmingly Support Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

Fetterman's Listening Tour in Newtown: Attendees Overwhelmingly Support Legalization of Recreational Marijuana | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

Legalizing recreational marijuana appears to be favored by area residents if Wednesday night’s visit from Lt. Gov. John Fetterman in Newtown Township is any indication.

 

A crowd of about 150 people came to the Zlock Performing Arts Center at 275 Swamp Road as part of Fetterman’s statewide listening tour for legalized cannabis use.

 

Only about 40 people were able to speak during the meeting, but a show of hands at the end of the night had only about 15 people opposing legalizing the federally prohibited drug.

 

Fetterman was joined by state Sens. Steven Santarsiero, D-10, and Maria Collett, D-12, as well as Reps. Perry Warren, D-31; Wendy Ullman, D-143; and Tina Davis, D-141.

 

There was no shortage of opinions for or against the idea as local elected officials, registered nurses, police officers and people in recovery from addiction spoke out for and against recreational marijuana use.

 

“It’s a shame it’s taken this long in Pennsylvania to get to a place where we’re ready to have this conversation,” said Alex Overton, a registered medical marijuana patient.

 

Overton was the first person to comment, and several of the issues he raised in support of recreational marijuana would set the tone for many of the supporting comments that followed.

 

For Overton, marijuana isn’t a step toward harder, more addictive drugs, but a way to get away from them [read “Pot vs Pills: Dr. Sanjay Gupta Special Report"]. He said he is one of many Pennsylvania medical marijuana patients using cannabis to manage his methadone treatment.

 

[Do you believe Medical Marijuana (MMJ) can have a role in preventing the over prescribing and overuse of opioid painkillers and thus help fight opioid addiction? Take my "Medical Marijuana vs. Opioids Survey".]

 

Another man, who didn’t give his name, said he too was an addict in recovery and credited medical marijuana as a major aid in his now decade-long sobriety.

 

He identified himself as a paramedic who aided emergency workers in New York City during the 9/11 attacks, which led to post-traumatic stress disorder and other similar conditions afterwards.

 

At least two women who said they were registered nurses objected to comments made by legalization supporters suggesting marijuana had no negative health effects.

 

Bensalem police Chief Fred Harran warned legalizing marijuana use would almost certainly make the roads more dangerous with impaired drivers, while Warrington Supervisor Fred Gaines said he supported decriminalizing marijuana to free up police resources.

 

“It’s freaking 2019,” frustrated Newtown Township resident Stephen Cickay said.

 

“Prohibition failed for alcohol, and prohibition, right now, is failing for pot,” Cickay said.

 

Further Reading:

  • “Legalizing Recreation Use of Marijuana in PA Could Mean $581M Windfall in State Taxes, Says PA Auditor General”; http://sco.lt/8e0LeC
  • “State Rep. Perry Warren, D-31, of Newtown, Supports PA House Resolution 567 to Study Possible Decriminalization of Marijuana”; http://sco.lt/7Oy3Af
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Not only can legalized marijuana raise much needed tax revenue, it can also help combat the opioid epidemic, save lives, and save EMS expenses as well as freeing up law enforcement to focus on more serious crimes. Read “Is There a Role for Medical Cannabis in Combating the Opioid Epidemic?

 

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Hard-hit Pennsylvania to Sue Drug Maker Over Opioid Epidemic

Hard-hit Pennsylvania to Sue Drug Maker Over Opioid Epidemic | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

The attorney general of Pennsylvania says he’s filing a lawsuit accusing a pharmaceutical giant of fueling the opioid epidemic.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office said it would announce details of the lawsuit Tuesday afternoon. Pennsylvania is one of the states hardest hit by opioid addiction.

Shapiro’s office two years ago joined with dozens of other states to investigate companies that make and distribute opioid painkillers. Several Pennsylvania counties have already sued drugmakers, and a federal judge in Cleveland is overseeing more than 1,500 lawsuits filed by local governments, American Indian tribes and others against the opioid industry.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says opioids, including prescription painkillers such as OxyContin and illicit drugs such as fentanyl and heroin, were involved in a record 48,000 deaths in the U.S. in 2017.

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14 Sites Have PFAS Contamination In Eastern PA

14 Sites Have PFAS Contamination In Eastern PA | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

A new report shows that hundreds of sites nationwide — including 13 in eastern Pennsylvania alone — have been contaminated with the PFAS chemicals so familiar to many area residents, many of whom have had their drinking water systems impacted by the toxic substances.

 

Researchers at the Environmental Working Group, an activist nonprofit group, said Monday that at least 610 places in 43 states are now known to be contaminated with perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known collectively as PFAS. That's up from the 172 the organization had identified in July 2018. A total of 19 million people have had their water source affected.

 

The new study gives Pennsylvanians a comprehensive look at just how widespread the problem is, and offers a comparative glance at how severely area military bases, drinking water wells, and other sites have been compromised.

 

The results from EWG show that many eastern Pennsylvania sources have skirted this line, while others have shown far greater levels of contamination. Here’s a sampling of sites:

 

Aqua PA Hatboro

  • Population served: 12,901
  • Testing dates: 06/25/14 - 12/30/17
  • PFAS detected: PFHpA, PFOA, PFOS
  • PFAS min - max: 0 - 55.3 ppt

 

Upper Dublin Township

  • Date of discovery: 2016
  • Results: North Hills well (Jun 2018): -PFOS= 40 ppt -PFOA= 3.1 ppt Upper Dublin Township well (Jan 2019): -PFOS= 5.7 ppt -PFOA= 4.1 ppt
  • Suspected source: Firefighting foam used at Willow Grove Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base

 

Horsham Water and Sewer Authority

  • Population served: 25,000
  • Testing dates: 06/24/14 - 12/27/17
  • PFAS detected: PFBS, PFHpA, PFHxS, PFOA, PFOS
  • PFAS min - max: 0 - 44001118.4 ppt

 

See the full list here.

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Newtown Artesian Water Company

  • Population served: More than 20,000
  • Date of Discovery: March, 2019
  • PFOS min - max: 2.4 - 26 ppt
  • PFOA min - max: 3.5 - 23 ppt

 

Read "PFAS in Newtown Drinking Water" staring on page 5 of the April, 2019 edition of Newtown News Update.

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Billionaire Insys CEO Kapoor Approved Lap Dances, Rap Videos, Deception - i.e., Racketeering in First Opioid Epidemic Conviction of Its Kind!

Billionaire Insys CEO Kapoor Approved Lap Dances, Rap Videos, Deception - i.e., Racketeering in First Opioid Epidemic Conviction of Its Kind! | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

A billionaire pharmaceutical CEO faces up to 20 years in prison after being found guilty of a bribery and kickback scheme to get doctors to prescribe addictive painkillers to people who didn't need them.

 

It is the first conviction of a high-profile pharmaceutical executive related to the opioid crisis plaguing the nation.

 

The case revealed details of the efforts by John Kapoor and his company, Insys Therapeutics, to get doctors to over-prescribe opioids, including giving them lap dances, producing a rap video [view it here] glamorizing higher doses of the drugs, and rewarding salespeople for selling higher-dose medications [read “Founder of Insys Indicted for Bribing Docs to Illegally Prescribe Fentanyl”].

 

A federal judge found Kapoor and four former executives guilty Thursday of racketeering for its methods of getting physicians to prescribe Subsys, a highly potent fentanyl spray used to treat cancer patients, to cancer-free patients who did not need it.

 

“Today’s convictions mark the first successful prosecution of top pharmaceutical executives for crimes related to the illicit marketing and prescribing of opioids,” said U.S Attorney Andrew Lelling. “Just as we would street-level drug dealers, we will hold pharmaceutical executives responsible for fueling the opioid epidemic by recklessly and illegally distributing these drugs.”

 

Insys executives and sales representatives went to unorthodox measures to attract prospective prescribers. Two Insys sales representatives made a music video in 2015 to show at a national sales meeting illustrating a method used to increase dosages, called titration. As the two men dance around a person in a Subsys dispenser costume, they say “I love titrations, and it’s not a problem. I got new patients, and I got a lot of them.”

 

Insys sales representatives also lured doctors in by giving them lap dances. Holly Brown, a former Insys sales representative in Chicago, testified that her boss, a former exotic dancer, gave a doctor a lap dance to persuade him to prescribe more of the fentanyl spray.

 

Former sales representatives said their bonuses were directly tied to the dosages prescribed. With a higher prescribed dose, the sales representative would get a higher bonus payment. Representatives also had to justify to their supervisor why some doses were lower than they would have liked within 24 hours.

 

Doctors who prescribed Subsys practice in many states including Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Connecticut, and more. A physician in Alabama tied to the case was sentenced in 2017 for 20 years.

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Despite Falls Vote Against It, the Elcon Proposal Isn’t Dead Yet. Activists Plan to Double Their Efforts to Kill It

Despite Falls Vote Against It, the Elcon Proposal Isn’t Dead Yet. Activists Plan to Double Their Efforts to Kill It | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

The next few weeks mark a crucial juncture for a proposed toxic waste treatment plant in Bucks County that environmentalists say would pollute the air and potentially the drinking water of nearby ... towns.

 

Israel-based Elcon Recycling Services has plans to build a facility in Falls Township that would store and treat nearly 200,000 tons per year of hazardous and residual waste. This includes mercury, lead, cadmium, benzine, vinyl chloride and 260 other chemicals. Elcon says the facility is safe and “eco-friendly,” and has touted the 150 temporary construction jobs and 55 full-time jobs that would be created by the facility.

 

But nearby residents say the loss of a few dozen jobs is a small price to pay to ensure the health and safety of the region. Many of them speak from experience, and worry that the same towns that woke up covered with red dust from the Fairless Works steel mill in the mid-20th century would be in the path of pollution from Elcon’s stack. If built, the plant would be near the Delaware River, directly across from Hamilton Township and upwind from Bordentown City.

 

The body that has the most important function—the Falls Township Board of Supervisors—met regarding Elcon for the first time during a special meeting April 30. The board voted unanimously to reject the proposal, prompting a standing ovation from the residents who packed the meeting at Pennsbury High School West’s Keller Hall (read “Victory! Falls Supervisors Reject Elcon Plan”).

 

The vote comes on the heels of a March 26 unanimous decision from the Falls Township planning commission to not recommend plans for the Elcon facility. The planning commission does not have legal authority, but the Falls supervisor board does factor its recommendations into decisions.

 

The proposal isn’t dead, though, despite the Falls Township votes. Later this month, another important moment will happen when the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announces its decision on a series of Phase II permit applications submitted by Elcon. If deemed technically complete, the process advances to a 45-day public comment period.

 

Even a PADEP decision against Elcon would not necessarily mark the end of a process that has drawn out for five years.

 

“It is time we double our efforts, because Elcon has already threatened to sue the township and we need to provide all the information and community support to PADEP to get them to reach the same conclusion as the supervisors did — the Delaware River is just too critical of a resource to risk,” [Delaware Riverkeeper Network’s Fred] Stine said. after the April 30 rejection.

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Victory! Falls Supervisors Reject Elcon Plan

Victory! Falls Supervisors Reject Elcon Plan | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

Four years of controversy over a proposed hazardous waste treatment facility in Falls culminated in a dramatic denial vote by the township board of supervisors Tuesday night, eliciting a rousing applause by an audience of hundreds who stayed until just before 10 p.m. to witness the moment.

 

It was apparent early in the more than three-hour meeting that the supervisors were not keen to the plan, brought by Elcon Recycling Services, as their questioning of the company’s representatives was sharp and critical. Supervisor Jeffrey Dence led questioning late in the exchange, expressing concerns there wasn’t enough room to put in an additional fire lane for emergency access.

 

Questioning from Falls supervisors and the township’s professional staff made it clear they took specific issues with Elcon’s presented plans. The plans call for the processing of between 150,000 to 210,000 tons of chemicals and pharmaceutical waste each year, according to the company’s past filings. The company aims to build the facility on a 23-acre site in the Keystone Industrial Port Complex, an approximately 3,000-acre industrial park encompassing the former footprint of U.S. Steel’s Fairless Works operation.

 

Elcon representatives say its facility would be state of the art and create up to 120 short-term construction jobs and about 50 full-time operations jobs. The company has said the plant would produce little pollution and adhere to all environmental regulations. [Video rebuttal: “John Mack Lists the Air Pollutants the ELCON Hazardous Waste Treatment Plant Would Be Allowed to Emit”]

Opponents, primarily made up of local residents and backed by local environmental groups [In 2016, Newtown Township - among others - passed a resolution opposing this plant due to "danger" to drinking water. See here for more information about that.], are skeptical.

 

Falls officials also raised concerns over access for emergency vehicles, exit routes for workers in the event of an emergency, potential pitfalls in the facility’s spill containment measures, and other issues. One of the more pointed critiques was that Elcon would need to bring in about 5,000 trucks with 70,000 cubic yards of soil fill to raise the footprint of the facility above the floodplain, something they suggested that the zoning code discourages.

 

After the vote to deny, supervisor chairman Robert Harvie, Jr. noted the Department of Environmental Protection still has its own review of Elcon’s applications and doesn’t have to take into account the township’s decision, although he said he hoped it would [read “A Crowded Meeting Pits Citizens Against the PA DEP Regarding the Elcon Proposal”]. It also remains to be seen whether Elcon will appeal the township’s decision; representatives left the room before the conclusion of the full meeting, which closed with other township business.

 

John Brodowski, deputy mayor of Bordentown City in New Jersey, which has also opposed the plan, used his public comment to discourage the company from doing so.

 

“Respect the decision,” Brodowski said. “Let’s not drag this out with lawsuit after lawsuit.”

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"Keep Bucks County Clean - Say No to Elcon," Urges Activist Steve Cickay

"Keep Bucks County Clean - Say No to Elcon," Urges Activist Steve Cickay | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

[Tracking air pollution is extremely technical and complex, but the general rule is that pollution affects a 30-mile radius from the source, guided by the prevailing wind. The red circle in the map above shows the roughly 30-mile radius that could be affected by toxic fumes emitted from an Elcon incinerator. Source.]

 

I love Bucks County. I moved here in 1985, raised my family here, and will most likely stay here the rest of my life. I love the Delaware River and am always awed by the fact that since some famous general named George crossed that river long ago on his way to Trenton to fight our enemy, we now have a great democracy.

But I believe a new enemy is attacking our precious river today. A faraway company called ELCON wants to come to Falls Township and build a hazardous waste processing site right near our precious river. About 20 truckloads of poison will be shipped to this site on our roads every day causing great potential harm to our air, our land, and our water.

Some of you may think this is just a Falls Township problem. Well, it isn’t. Many municipalities (Bensalem, Bristol, Chalfont, Doylestown, Falls Township, Hilltown, Lower Makefield, Lower Southampton, Middletown Township, Morrisville, New Britain, New Hope, Newtown, Solebury, Telford, Tullytown, Warrington, West Rockhill and Yardley) are served potable water by a public water supplier that withdraws water directly from the Delaware River. If there is an accident at the Falls ELCON site, the poison will of course flow downstream, but also upstream for 12 miles. And of course dumping tons of burned toxic residue into the air we all breathe is a good thing? The benefit is ELCON makes money, and we risk our air, land and water. Does that sound like a good deal to you?

Luckily you live in a democracy and have a chance to influence our local leaders. The Falls Township supervisors, led by Bob Harvie, are conducting a special public meeting about ELCON on Tuesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. The public will have almost two hours to voice their concerns. Please attend and tell the Falls Township supervisors to vote against ELCON coming to our treasured Bucks County. The meeting is at Pennsbury High School West at 608 Olds Boulevard, Fairless Hills, PA 19030.

I hope to see you there, but if you can’t make the meeting, email the Falls Township supervisors. Their addresses can be found at https://www.fallstwp.com/government/board-of-supervisors.aspxt

Let’s keep Bucks County a great place to live for you, your families and future generations. Let’s send ELCON on a free trip somewhere else far away. And let’s keep those truckloads of poison far away from the beautiful Bucks County we all love. See you at the meeting Tuesday.

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  • “Opponents Keep Pressure on Falls Supervisors to Reject Elcon's Proposal to Build Incinerator”; http://sco.lt/4vJzDU
  • “John Mack Lists the Air Pollutants the ELCON Hazardous Waste Treatment Plant Would Be Allowed to Emit”; http://sco.lt/8qcY8e
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PA Senator Maria Collett Introduces Two PFAS Bills - Classifying PFAS as Hazardous Substances & Lowering "Safe" Limits in Drinking Water to 10 ppt vs EPA's 70 ppt 

PA Senator Maria Collett Introduces Two PFAS Bills - Classifying PFAS as Hazardous Substances & Lowering "Safe" Limits in Drinking Water to 10 ppt vs EPA's 70 ppt  | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

Sen. Maria Collett, D-12, of Lower Gwynedd, introduced two bills Monday that she says would help Pennsylvania tackle problems relating to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

 

As told in a special report Sunday, five years after the unregulated chemicals were discovered in local drinking water supplies, the contaminants still are causing issues for impacted municipalities and residents. Collett’s first bill, S.B. 581, would create an interim drinking water standard for four types of PFAS at 10 parts per trillion, which is just a fraction of a 70 ppt health advisory level put forth by the Environmental Protection Agency.

 

The interim standard would remain in place until either the EPA or the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection creates an official standard. The EPA has said it intends to announce whether it will pursue an official standard for the chemicals by the end of the year, but that setting it would take several additional years. The DEP has said it will set a standard, but could take two years or more.

 

A second bill offered by Collett, S.B. 582, classifies PFAS as a hazardous substance under Pennsylvania’s Hazardous Sites Cleanup Act. Experts say such a move could help impacted residents and communities recoup costs related to PFAS contamination and potentially give them legal standing to make polluters clean up the chemicals, particularly if a drinking water standard is also in place.

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Further Reading:

  • “Editorial: EPA Spins Its Wheels on Setting Maximum Contaminant Level for PFAS”; http://sco.lt/5uSirA
  • “As EPA Launches National PFAS Plan, Pennsylvania Says Its People “Can’t Wait” for Federal Government & Launches Its Own Plan to Set Lower Health Limits for PFOA and PFOS”; http://sco.lt/7EkKRc
  • “PFAS From Tainted Water on Military Bases My Be Spreading to Other Towns in Bucks, Montco”; http://sco.lt/7Lill
  • “Perfluorinated Compounds Detected in Newtown Township's Water Supply”; http://sco.lt/70ujU9
  • “Senators From BOTH Parties Press EPA to Develop Enforceable Standards Limiting PFOA and PFOS in Drinking Water”; http://sco.lt/8NQUwz
  • “U.S. House Launches Bipartisan PFAS Task Force That Promises to Set Formal Drinking Water Standard for PFAS”; http://sco.lt/6JjI4P
  • “NJ Department of Environmental Protection Set to Regulate PFOS, PFOA in Drinking Water. Safe Limits Will Be Much Lower Than Recommended by the PA DEP.”; http://sco.lt/63DJ8T
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@Newtown_Police Seek Help to Identify "Actors" Involved in Vending Machine Thefts at BCCC 

@Newtown_Police Seek Help to Identify "Actors" Involved in Vending Machine Thefts at BCCC  | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

Newtown Township, Pa - Newtown Township Police are investigating a theft that took place at the Bucks County Community College on June 14, 2019 at approximately 9:30 a.m.  Six vending machines in different locations on campus were found to have been damaged. 

 

Surveillance video was reviewed and two actors were observed to be involved with damaging the machines and also removing money from them. These two actors are also believed to be suspects in similar thefts in Montgomery County. 

 

Detectives are investigating this case and would like your assistance with identifying the actors in the attached pictures. 

Sourced via CRIMEWATCH®: https://bucks.crimewatchpa.com/newtowntwppd/34824/cases/theft-help-us-identify-these-actors?fbclid=IwAR0inSm5dpPevE2i97hv5-2odsvwCVO_zQ9ScHfL6vmgo6fuvArrSnmWzpk

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May 2019 Police Report: A Speeding Ticket Is The Best Education!

May 2019 Police Report: A Speeding Ticket Is The Best Education! | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

Police Chief John Hearn presented the Calls Report for May 2019 at the June 12, 2019, Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting. In May, the Newtown Police Department (NTPD) responded to 1,633 total calls, 310 (19%) of which were in Wrightstown Township (NTPD provides services to both Newtown Township and Wrightstown).

 

See more details, including "calls for service" data, here.

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Newtown Police Log: Underage Drinking, Theft From Vehicles & Elderly Man in Red SUV!

Newtown Police Log: Underage Drinking, Theft From Vehicles & Elderly Man in Red SUV! | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

June 3
Suspicious Persons

Just after 11:30 a.m., a Sebelius Road resident contacted police to report that an elderly man with a white beard, driving a red SUV, suspiciously drove on to her property and around her house. When the complainant approached the vehicle, the operator waved and drove away. The complainant was unable to report the license plate of the vehicle.  Police searched the area for a vehicle matching the description, but the vehicle was not found.

[See more incidents reported by the Newtown Police for May 31 through June 6 here.]

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Mundipharma – the International Arm of Purdue #Pharma – Pushes Opioids to Docs In Italy Via “The Pain League”

Mundipharma – the International Arm of Purdue #Pharma – Pushes Opioids to Docs In Italy Via “The Pain League” | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

Managers with Mundipharma, the international arm of Purdue Pharma, have been swept up in a corruption case in Italy alleging they and other pharmaceutical executives paid a prominent pain doctor to help push more opioids in this country long leery of the powerful painkillers.

 

It is the first known case outside the U.S. where employees of the pharmaceutical empire owned by the billionaire Sackler family have been criminally implicated, more than a decade after Purdue executives were convicted over misleading the American public about the addictiveness of OxyContin.

 

Investigative files obtained by The Associated Press detail how Dr. Guido Fanelli was allegedly paid to help promote painkillers by an alliance of pharmaceutical managers he called "The Pain League." Prosecutors say Fanelli wrote articles, organized conferences and helped counter government warnings that opioid consumption was spiking and that physicians should be cautious. The message trumpeted, the AP found, was that there's an epidemic of chronic pain, opioids are the solution and addiction fears are exaggerated.

 

Those are the same practices, experts contend, the pharmaceutical industry employed in the U.S. that helped create an addiction crisis that has claimed 400,000 lives.

 

"It makes me feel sick more than anything else," said U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, who sent a letter to the World Health Organization in 2017 warning that Mundipharma was repeating the "deceptive and dangerous practices" of Purdue, which faces some 2,000 lawsuits in the United States over its promotion of opioids. The letter implored the agency to act — before the American epidemic becomes a pandemic.

 

The case Italian prosecutors lay out offers a look at how Big Pharma executives still pushed opioids abroad even after the cause and consequences of the U.S. epidemic had become apparent.

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With the U.S. in the grip of an opioid epidemic that has claimed more than 200,000 lives, the U.S. medical establishment is turning away from painkillers. But Purdue has shifted its marketing practices to Europe. Read “The Pain in Spain: OxyContin Sales Shrink in U.S., So Purdue #Pharma Goes Global!

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PADEP Hands a Fresh Setback to Elcon's Toxic-Waste Incinerator Proposal

PADEP Hands a Fresh Setback to Elcon's Toxic-Waste Incinerator Proposal | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection came out against an application for a proposed toxic waste treatment facility in Bucks County on May 15, saying it had “a number of outstanding deficiencies.”

 

PADEP’s Notice of Intent to Deny comes after completing a 10-month technical review of materials submitted by the applicant, Israel-based Elcon Recycling Services. Elcon wants to build a facility in Falls Township that would store and treat nearly 200,000 tons per year of hazardous and residual waste. This includes mercury, lead, cadmium, benzine, vinyl chloride and 260 other chemicals.

 

“After a rigorous review of the application, supplemental materials submitted by the company, and input from the public, DEP will not approve this application in its current form,” PADEP secretary Patrick McDonnell said in a statement. “Unless the company can address these outstanding deficiencies, DEP will have no choice but to move forward with a full application denial.”

 

PADEP, in its statement, was careful to point out that a Notice of Intent to Deny is not a final action by PADEP. It is a draft decision. Elcon may comment on the notice and submit materials to address the deficiencies cited by PADEP.

 

But members of the public now also have an opportunity to go on the record. With its decision now public, PADEP will open the Elcon application to public comment.

 

The public comment period begins June 1 and runs until July 15. PADEP must acknowledge all comments received during the 45-day comment period, with the agency reviewing and addressing each comment in a public document. All comments should be emailed to ra-ephwelcon@pa.gov .

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  • “Victory! Falls Supervisors Reject Elcon Plan”; http://sco.lt/8JeZ4y
  • “Despite Falls Vote Against It, the Elcon Proposal Isn’t Dead Yet. Activists Plan to Double Their Efforts to Kill It”; http://sco.lt/89CAoy
  • “John Mack Lists the Air Pollutants the ELCON Hazardous Waste Treatment Plant Would Be Allowed to Emit”; http://sco.lt/5y8LUu 
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PA Sues Purdue Pharma: If They Won’t Negotiate, Then We Must Litigate!

PA Sues Purdue Pharma: If They Won’t Negotiate, Then We Must Litigate! | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

Pennsylvania sued the opioid maker Purdue Pharma on Tuesday, marking the latest effort by a state attorney general to hold accountable the company that popularized OxyContin and that many have blamed for fueling the opioid epidemic.

 

[Pennsylvania is among the states hardest hit by the opioid epidemic. Roughly 5,390 Pennsylvanians died from drug overdoses in 2017 — more than any other state — and a majority of the deaths were caused by opioids, according to the 121-page lawsuit.]

 

“Simply stated, Purdue took advantage of addiction to make money,” the suit alleges. The Stamford, Conn.-based company has sold more than 2.9 million prescriptions – or, more than 200 million doses – of opioids in Pennsylvania since May 8, 2007, according to the suit.

 

The lawsuit alleges a massive marketing effort by Purdue, with what the suit calls more than 500,000 misleading and deceptive messages about the addictive nature of opioids directed at Pennsylvania doctors. With the exception of California, the suit says, Purdue “made more sales visits in Pennsylvania than any other state.”

 

[For details about the deceptive, questionable marketing practices of opioid manufacturers, read the summary of Newtown Township’s lawsuit against 15 opioid manufacturers and 3 distributors.] 

 

Shapiro said Pennsylvania’s suit in Commonwealth Court is unique in uncovering how the company used its sales force to target prescribers – visiting doctors, or “detailing” them, 131 times a day on average, and showering them with gifts, meals, trips, and “cold-hard cash.” As for the company’s Oklahoma settlement, Shapiro said such a deal wouldn’t suffice for Pennsylvania, because that agreement set aside only $15 million for cities and counties and no money for the state itself.

 

And Shapiro singled out Purdue, compared with eight other pharma companies that his office is investigating, for its unwillingness to engage in “serious” talks.

 

If They Won’t Negotiate, Then We Must Litigate!

Purdue Pharma “has not been willing to negotiate in good faith, and come to the table with a meaningful settlement offer. And that is unacceptable,” said Shapiro. He is one of the leaders of a 41-state coalition that began investigating opioid makers and distributors in 2017. Talks with the other companies remain ongoing, Shapiro said.

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April 2019 Police Report: Eagle Road Speeding Citations, Swastika Graffiti, More...

April 2019 Police Report: Eagle Road Speeding Citations, Swastika Graffiti, More... | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

Police Chief John Hearn presented the Calls Report for April 2019 at the May 8, 2019, Board of Supervisors (BOS) meeting. In April, the Newtown Police Department responded to 1,686 total calls, 300 (18%) of which were in Wrightstown Township (Newtown Police provides services to both Newtown Township and Wrightstown).

 

See the details here.

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While there were incidents of swastika graffiti in and around Newtown, Chief Hearn reported that there have been no reported hate crimes in Newtown Township in the last three years.

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PennDOT to Lower Speed Limit on Section of Swamp Road

PennDOT to Lower Speed Limit on Section of Swamp Road | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

In a May 2, 2019, letter, Ashwin Patel, Senior Manager of PennDOT's Traffic Engineering and Safety Division, notified Newtown Township that PennDOT will be lowering the speed limit on Swamp Road between the Twining Bridge intersection and the intersection of Pennswood Dr. (entrance to Knob Hill) to 40 MPH from 45 MPH (see map).

 

But no all-way stop sign. Find out why here.

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Glyphosate, the Main Ingredient in Roundup, Is Declared "SAFE" by EPA

Glyphosate, the Main Ingredient in Roundup, Is Declared "SAFE" by EPA | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

[EPA Press Release (04/30/2019): Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking an important step in the agency’s review of glyphosate. As part of this action, EPA continues to find that there are no risks to public health when glyphosate is used in accordance with its current label and that glyphosate is not a carcinogen. The agency’s scientific findings on human health risk are consistent with the conclusions of science reviews by many other countries and other federal agencies. While the agency did not identify public health risks in the 2017 human health risk assessment, the 2017 ecological assessment did identify ecological risks. To address these risks, EPA is proposing management measures to help farmers target pesticide sprays on the intended pest, protect pollinators, and reduce the problem of weeds becoming resistant to glyphosate.

 

“EPA has found no risks to public health from the current registered uses of glyphosate,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Today’s proposed action includes new management measures that will help farmers use glyphosate in the most effective and efficient way possible, including pollinator protections. We look forward to input from farmers and other stakeholders to ensure that the draft management measures are workable, realistic, and effective.”]

 

The announcement comes after two high-profile court cases in which cancer patients claimed Roundup, a popular weedkiller containing glyphosate, caused their non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

 

In both cases, jurors sided with the patients and said Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, should pay them tens of millions of dollars in damages.

 

Fallout from those verdicts -- plus thousands of similar lawsuits against Monsanto -- have dealt a huge financial blow to Monsanto's parent company, Bayer.

 

But the EPA's announcement saying glyphosate is still safe was a boon for Bayer, which has insisted the same all along.

 

"Bayer firmly believes that the science supports the safety of glyphosate-based herbicides, which are some of the most thoroughly studied products of their kind, and is pleased that the regulators tasked with assessing this extensive body of science continue to reach favorable conclusions," the company said.

 

Read: “Newtown Township's Pollution Reduction Plan. How Will It Impact Our Parks?

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At a recent Newtown Board of Supervisors meeting, when asked by Supervisor Mack if the plan to reduce pollution of watersheds by converting mowed grass areas to meadows would involve dangerous herbicides such as Roundup, the Township Manager assured us that only EPA-approved (ie. "safe") products would be used. Little did we know that Roundup is now one of these EPA approved products!

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Newtown Fire Association is Well-Trained & Qualified

Newtown Fire Association is Well-Trained & Qualified | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

The PA Office of the State Fire Commissioner recently recognized the Newtown Fire Association (NFA) for successfully attaining the 75% recognition level as part of the Participating Department Recognition Program.

The Participating Department Recognition Program recognizes those departments that support promote and encourage their emergency response personnel to voluntarily certify at various levels in accordance with nationally recognized and sanctioned Professional Qualification Standards.

"Your organization has accomplished an important goal and should be proud of this achievement," said Bruce Trego, State Fire Commissioner, in an April 18, 2019, letter to NFA Chief Matthew Gerhard. "With this recognition, you have demonstrated that your organization is competent and capable in providing quality services to the residents and visitors of the Commonwealth," said Trego.

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AP Poll: Many Americans Blame Drug Firms for Opioid Crisis, But Also Drug Users

AP Poll: Many Americans Blame Drug Firms for Opioid Crisis, But Also Drug Users | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

About two-thirds of Americans believe drug companies are to blame for the opioid crisis, although nearly as many hold drug users themselves responsible, a new poll finds.

 

The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll showed many people also fault doctors who prescribed opioid pain pills and government officials who haven’t done enough to expand addiction treatment and arrest drug dealers.

 

“All of the above,” said Anna Marie Davis, a casino security supervisor from Norwood, Pennsylvania. She said she has had to deal with overdoses at work and that her 27-year-old nephew, who used heroin and fentanyl, died of a drug overdose last year.

 

“It’s pretty bad,” she said of the drug overdose problem. “I honestly don’t think they’re doing enough” to stop it, she added.

 

[Newtown Township is doing something! Read “Newtown Township Supervisors Vote to File Civil Lawsuit Against Drug Manufacturers Over Opioid Crisis”]

 

Experts say the overdose epidemic is rooted in a boom in opioid painkiller prescriptions that began more than 20 years ago, which they say fostered addictions that later shifted into use of heroin and other drugs.

 

The AP-NORC poll was conducted this month amid a legal storm: About 2,000 lawsuits have been filed in the past few years seeking to hold the drug industry responsible for the nation’s drug overdose crisis.

 

Some of the people participating in the poll said they were following the news and felt manufacturers should be held accountable.

 

But many also expressed strong feelings that people taking drugs are to blame. Among them was Pamela Williams of New York City, who said she was addicted to cocaine and other drugs until she stopped about 25 years ago.

 

“Nobody’s forcing them to take drugs. Nobody puts it in their hand and puts a gun to the head and says; ’Here, take this,” said Williams, who lives in the Bronx.

 

Dr. Daniel Ciccarone, a drug policy expert at the University of California at San Francisco, noted that the survey doesn’t explain why people are turning to drugs and alcohol. He said people seem to be “self-medicating” as they struggle with depression, lack of money or other issues.

 

According to the poll, 63% of Americans think pharmaceutical companies are quite a bit or a great deal to blame for the problem of opioid addiction, while 58% say the same about people abusing opioids. Slightly less than half — 46% — think doctors and dentists are significantly to blame, and about a third — 34% — say that about the government.

 

The poll shows 35% say they or someone close to them has been addicted to prescription painkillers or heroin.

 

White Americans were more likely than black Americans to say they’ve known someone who was addicted, 39% to 20%. Americans under 30 were more likely than older people to say they’ve known someone who was addicted, 44% to 32%.

 

People who have personally been close to someone addicted to opioids were more likely than others to blame pharmaceutical companies, 70% to 59%. They were also somewhat more likely to blame doctors and dentists (52% to 43 and the government (41% to 31%), but not significantly more or less likely to blame opioid users themselves.

 

The poll also detected a partisan divide.

 

Democrats are more likely than Republicans to blame pharmaceutical companies (72% to 53 and the government (42% to 26%). Republicans were more likely than Democrats to blame users (69% to 51%).

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  • The Giants at the Heart of the Opioid Crisis: ‘How Do the C.E.O.s of These Companies Sleep at Night?’”; http://sco.lt/56Tub2
  • “OxyContin Opioid Maker Purdue Pharma Reportedly Exploring Chapter 11 Bankruptcy”; http://sco.lt/8OuLIG
  • “Purdue #Pharma Doesn't Want Court to Unseal Oxycontin Marketing Documents. What's It Hiding?”; http://sco.lt/6wb24f
  • “OxyContin's 12-hour Problem: Misrepresentation of Efficacy Leads to Addiction & Purdue Knew It”: http://sco.lt/8RfD5F
  • “The History of Purdue's Marketing of Oxycontin & Its Connection to the Opiate Epidemic”: http://sco.lt/6RajLd
  • “Doctor with Ties to Purdue #Pharma Helped Develop Canadian Opioid-Prescribing Guidelines”: http://sco.lt/7f1iin
  • “FDA to Determine if Oxymorphone, Produced by KVK Tech in Newtown, is More Likely to Be Abused Than Other Opioids”; http://sco.lt/5OUnaa
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Bucks County Gets An 'F' For Air Quality

Bucks County Gets An 'F' For Air Quality | Public Health & Safety | Scoop.it

More than 40 percent of Americans live in areas with unhealthy air, according to a new report published Wednesday by the American Lung Association, and Bucks County residents are among them.

Bucks County received an "F" grade for high-ozone days and an incomplete grade for particle pollution in the report.

Harold Wimmer, the group's president and CEO, said that after years of progress, there's clear evidence of a "disturbing trend," with many Americans seeing their air quality worsening due to wildfires and weather patterns. Climate change is fueling that trend, he said.

"This increase in unhealthy air is eye-opening, and points to the reality that the nation must do more to protect the public from serious, even life-threatening harm," Wimmer said in a news release. "There is no clearer sign that we are facing new challenges than air pollution levels that have broken records tracked for the past twenty years, and the fact that we had more days than ever before when monitored air quality reached hazardous levels for anyone to breathe."

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