Philadelphia’s overdose deaths have put the city on pace to hit 900 fatal overdoses this year, a 30% increase over last year and a number that would triple the city’s homicide rate, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. The cause of death for the nine overdoses over the weekend has yet to be verified, but authorities said all seemed to be related to drug use. The overdoses on November 17 are believed to be the result of heroin laced with fentanyl, a potent painkiller that can be 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The additional deaths this weekend may have also been caused by fentanyl, Jose Benitez, executive director of the nonprofit Prevention Point Philadelphia, told The Inquirer. Philadelphia usually sees three overdoses a day, not all of which are fatal, said Benitez, whose organization provides health services to drug addicts. On a typical day, Benitez’s group typically hands out four or five kits with the opioid antidote Naloxone. fentanyl heroin More (Bags of heroin, some laced with fentanyl, are displayed at a press conference regarding a major drug bust, at the office of the New York attorney general, September 23, 2016 in New York City.Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Philadelphia, and the neighborhood of Kensington in particular, has become a focal point for the US’s deepening opioid crisis. Reports this summer indicated the city was seeing an influx of acheap, highly potent version of heroin, thought be pushed by Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel, which has expanded heavily into the synthetic-drug trade recently. visitOne addict who spoke to the LA Times in July said Philadelphia had become a ” mecca ” for out-of-towners looking for the drug. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney called Kensington the “epicenter of the city’s opioid use” on Monday. View photos Kensington Philadelphia heroin use drug distribution map More (Kensington, a neighborhood in north Philadelphia that’s become a hub for heroin, is about 7 miles from the Wells Fargo Center, which hosted the Democratic National Convention this summer.Google Maps) “The purity is the best on the East Coast, and its easily accessible,” Patrick Trainor, spokesman for the US Drug Enforcement Agency in Philadelphia, told the LA Times.
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The report forecasts the global soft skills training market to grow at a CAGR of 9.54% during the period 2016-2020. Soft skills can be broadly categorized under three segments: character, interpersonal skills, and critical and creative thinking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtube_gdata&v=Pf7JuJcVzQUSoft skills play a crucial role in enabling individuals to communicate effectively, manage a team with good interpersonal skills, and solve problems. Therefore, apart from training students and employees in technical skills, organizations and education institutions are using their discretionary budget to train them in soft skills. The report has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. It covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market. A growing number of organizations are incorporating social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn into their learning environments. Through social networks, employees are engaged in informal learning options such as blogs, wikis, and discussion forums that are considered as effective training tools.
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