Intervention: Philly

As the face of junkies continues to shift from unsavory characters scoring in the backrooms to teens nicking OxyContin and Vicodin and Percocet-popping moms, the role of the interventionist has become more proment. Meet Vincent Ceraso.

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Posted Nov. 19, 2009 | Comments: 22

Intervention Part II: Detox

Here in the detox center of Livengrin Foundation for Addiction Recovery in Bucks County, drug addicts thrash, jerk and sweat addiction out of their dilapidated bodies under medical supervision, with the worst cases taking drugs to get off drugs.

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Posted Nov. 19, 2009 | Comments: 9

Intervention III: Harm Reduction

Yaya Liem prolongs life by providing IV drug users with clean needles—along with HIV tests and referrals for training, counseling and treatment. It's a controversial job, but one he does with joy.

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Posted Nov. 19, 2009 | Comments: 9

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In ‘exile’ after sentencing, marijuana activist Goldstein continues fight
By Randy LoBasso

Politicians are endorsing it. President Obama says it’s not so dangerous. If a Democrat wins the Pennsylvania’s governor’s race this November, it’ll be decriminalized. But for the time being, in Philadelphia, its advocates and users are still getting arrested, and receiving, in one case, two years probation and harsh fines. Chris Goldstein, a member of Philly’s [...]

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KKK affiliate starts neighborhood watch–what could possibly go wrong?
By Josh Kruger

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, 41 hate groups actively operate in Pennsylvania. In York County, an affiliate of the KKK and longtime nemesis of the SPLC has decided to “give back” to its community: by starting a neighborhood watch group. “A local chapter of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan launched a [...]