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New ‘988’ Crisis Line Connects Callers to Mental Health Support

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Pennsylvanians who call, text or chat by dialing 988 or visiting 988Lifeline.org are now directly connected to the same trained, compassionate crisis response counselors who were accessible through the former 10-digit National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, which has been rebranded as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline.

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Loan Forgiveness Program Would Benefit PA’s First Responders (Op-Ed)

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Under the program, those who graduate from college or another post-secondary institution in Pennsylvania beginning next fall would be able to exchange each year of service as a volunteer firefighter or a member of an EMS organization for loan forgiveness.

Bucks County Sues Pharmaceutical Companies Over Opioid Crisis Fallout

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The lawsuit alleges that the manufacturer defendants misled the public about the dangers of prescription opioids, and that the defendants responsible for distributing opioids into the community disregarded their obligation to monitor distribution and halt any ‘suspicious sales’ to protect the community from an exorbitant flood of opioids. It seeks an undetermined amount of compensatory and punitive damages from 17 corporate defendants and one individual.

Hellertown Church Raising Money to Buy Water for Flint, Mich., Families

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In recent months the city of Flint, Mich., has become a national posterchild for urban environmental disasters and social crisis, due to the widespread contamination of its public water supply with lead. Since the contamination was first reported help for the impoverished city has poured in from across the U.S., and now a Hellertown church is part of the relief effort.