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Teaching correctional officers trauma-informed opioid response

A new training program out of St. Joe’s University is trying to improve how Pa. first responders treat people who use opioids.

  • The CDC gave the program $1.2 million to start, and just cleared another $650k for expansion. The training also touches on self care for officers, which can help them relate to those in recovery.

Courtenay Harris Bond sat in on a recent session in Philly, where correctional officers learned tips on getting overdose survivors to accept help.

There’s still a ton of free activities for Philly teens this summer

For teenagers in the city who haven’t secured a summer job or headed off to camp, what can you do that doesn’t cost money you don’t have?

  • A lot, actually. While it’s easy to spend a day lounging by one of Philly’s public pools, there are plenty of free activities designed to help teens explore the city and learn skills they might not teach in schools.

Billy Penn intern Bibiana Correa rounded up 11 free teen-centric summer offerings, from kayaking in Bartram’s Garden to taking a mural tour.

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Mayor Kenney has two meetings with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today: First a virtual roundtable on the new 988 suicide prevention hotline (10 a.m.), then an in-person press conference in West Philly about the same (11:45 a.m.).


? BP Quizzo is at Hawthornes this month! Our pub trivia night about all things Philadelphia lands at the Bella Vista beer cafe. Happy hour specials and prizes await. RSVP for free to join us. (6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21)

? Join Triple Bottom Brewing as they release their latest beer: the Volya Summer Lager, which was created in partnership with the Ukrainian league to fundraise as the war barrels on. Also at the Ukie Club: live music and a stacked raffle. (6 p.m. Saturday, July 16)

? Manayunk’s PHS Pop-Up is transforming into a dog friendly oasis for yappy hour complete with dog pools, frozen pet treats, vendors, and booze for their owners. ( 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17)