Governor Wolf Urges Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation to Fund Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act

first_img May 20, 2016 Governor Wolf Urges Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation to Fund Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Yesterday, Governor Wolf sent a letter to Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation urging them to fund the comprehensive Opioid Abuse and Reduction Act of 2016. The text of the letter is below and can also be viewed here.Dear Congressman/Senator –The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is shocking: at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose. With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, a collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combating this crisis.I have been holding roundtable discussions throughout Pennsylvania in order to listen to local and state officials about the challenges that they are facing, as well as discuss the initiatives of the administration, the state legislature, county agencies, treatment centers, hospitals, and medical schools. These roundtables are an opportunity to work collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis.Last week, I was encouraged by the passage of a package of bills in the United States House of Representatives that would help to combat the opioid and heroin crisis in the United States. After meeting with local leaders and families throughout Pennsylvania who have been personally affected by this epidemic, I understand how crucial federal, state, and local resources are to combating this epidemic. I am respectfully requesting that you vote to fund Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016 (H.R. 5046) in order to provide addicted individuals and their families with the resources they so desperately need.My administration has taken several actions to fight the heroin and opioid crisis including: signing a statewide standing order for naloxone, making it possible for all Pennsylvanians to access this life-saving drug; equipping the Pennsylvania State Police with naloxone so that those troopers who are first on the scene of an overdose can have another tool on-hand during these emergencies; partnering with Adapt Pharma to make Narcan available to public high schools across the state at no cost; developing the ABC-MAP prescription drug monitoring program to detect and prevent prescription fraud and abuse, which contribute to addiction; and appointing a director for the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Office, who will work to ensure that the PDMP meets its goal of assisting healthcare professionals in identifying patients that would benefit from treatment.In an effort to curtail drug addiction and curb the supply of excess drugs that can be used illicitly, the Department of Health is leading an effort to build upon the opioid prescribing guidelines already created, including specific guidelines for emergency department providers, dentists, obstetricians and gynecologists, and pharmacists. These guidelines give healthcare providers direction for safe and effective pain relief practices, with greater emphasis on non-opioid therapies and greater caution to prevent addiction and diversion. In addition, the DOH recently joined dozens of healthcare organizations, medical experts, and consumer advocacy groups in signing petitions requesting changes to federal pain management requirements that are believed to foster dangerous prescribing practices.The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs has led a statewide initiative to get naloxone into the hands of municipal police departments. To date, more than 320 municipal police departments are equipped with naloxone, and those departments have reversed more than 900 overdoses as a result of that effort. DDAP also has developed a “warm hand-off” policy, mandating county-level drug and alcohol administrators to create processes whereby overdose survivors are taken directly from the emergency department to a licensed drug treatment provider. In some areas of the commonwealth, early reports indicate as many as 50 percent to 70 percent of overdose survivors are getting into treatment immediately through this process. Under DDAP’s leadership, Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Program is helping communities properly dispose of unused and unwanted prescriptions. To date, there are nearly 450 take-back boxes located at police stations across Pennsylvania. In 2015, more than 56,000 pounds of prescription drugs were taken back and destroyed.Furthermore, the expansion of Medicaid eligibility in Pennsylvania under the Affordable Care Act has greatly increased access to treatment services for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.Finally, my proposed 2016-17 budget provides more than $34 million to treat 11,250 new individuals with substance use disorder. The Department of Human Services will provide 50 new Opioid Use Disorder Centers of Excellence for individuals with substance use disorder, providing medication-assisted treatment and appropriate wraparound services, such as cognitive-based therapies.The funding of the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act would be instrumental to adding to state and local efforts to combat the heroin and opioid crisis. Please keep in mind the needs of the millions of Pennsylvanians who are personally affected by this as you consider funding the Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016.Sincerely,Governor Tom Wolf# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Trojans blast Utes to win weekend series

first_imgA sliver of sun emerged on an overcast Sunday afternoon during the fourth inning at Dedeaux Field, when USC baseball scored its first runs of the game and didn’t look back.Lace ‘em up · Sophomore shortstop Blake Lacey came up clutch in the Trojans’ victory over the Utes on Sunday, recording 4 RBI, including USC’s first two runs of the day and the runs that put USC up 6-1 in the 5th inning. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanIn fact, the sun seemed to cut through the gloom during the most pivotal moments in Sunday’s 13-2 win over Utah, which pushed the Trojans to 17-17 overall, and 6-9 in Pac-12 conference play.“It’s no secret we’ve been struggling to score runs, as has Utah,” said USC head coach Dan Hubbs. “But it’s like I told the guys: We lost one we probably should’ve won on Friday. We won one we had no business winning on Saturday with how many guys we put on base and found some way to Houdini out of it and then today we played a complete game. We pitched well and we played solid defense and we got a lot of hits.”USC stepped up to the plate under pressure in the 4th, delivering a string of hits with two outs. After a gift wild pitch, sophomore shortstop Blake Lacey bulleted a single into left field, driving home the first two Trojan runs of the day.Lacey played hero again in the bottom of the 4th, saving what could have been a break-open inning by scrambling to field a ball that ricocheted off sophomore pitcher Brent Wheatley’s back, stepping on second and throwing to first for an unassisted double play.The Trojans would add six more runs off six hits the following inning, two in the 6th and 7th and another in the 8th to solidify their commanding win.“I think it was good for them to get a lot of hits with men in scoring position and drive some runs in and see that they’re capable of doing it,” Hubbs said.Wheatley would depart after 5.1 innings with one run and sophomore pitcher Kyle Twomey would pitch 2.2 scoreless innings in relief. After exhausting the bullpen in Saturday’s game, the two performances were clutch.“For Brent to come out and do what he did and get us into the sixth and having Kyle [Twomey] ready, it really made it nice to have that lead,” Hubbs said. “We didn’t have to think about throwing in [sophomore] Kyle [Davis] because we’ve just been riding him like crazy.”For the fifth time this season, the Trojans scraped by with a 3-2 walkoff victory on Saturday in the bottom of the 9th inning. It wasn’t as glamorous as some of the Trojans’ previous walkoffs, but for a team that relies more on manufacturing runs than producing them on power alone, the game-winning sacrifice fly was more than sufficient.On Friday, junior right hander Wyatt Strahan recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts, but despite achieving a new personal best, the Trojans dropped the contest 4-3 in 13 innings. The outing brought out some of the best in Strahan, who was able to surmount shaky control early to end his night with 2 runs on only 2 hits in 7 innings.The performance was all for naught, as USC struggled behind the dish, failing to take advantage of fruitful walkoff opportunities. The Trojans failed to plate runners in scoring position in the 9th, 10th, 12th and 13th innings.USC has the day off on Tuesday, and welcomes Arizona for a three-game series, starting on Thursday at 7 p.m.Hubbs hopes Sunday’s easy victory will propel them heading forward and that if the Trojans can continue to play complete games.“We’ll start seeing what we think is the potential of this team,” Hubbs said.last_img read more

Chris Froome to miss Tour de France after ‘very serious accident’

first_imgChris Froome will miss the Tour de France after breaking multiple bones in a crash during the Criterium du Dauphine.Froome, a six-time Grand Tour champion, was taken to a local hospital in following the incident prior to Wednesday’s time trial in Roanne, Team Ineos announced. The team said Froome broke his right femur and right elbow and fractured his ribs in the incident and was being airlifted to another hospital for further treatment. “Our primary focus now is obviously on ensuring Chris gets the very best possible care, which he will do, so he can recover as soon as possible,” Team Ineos principal Dave Brailsford said in a release.  “One of our big strengths on this team is coming together in difficult moments, and we will ensure we do everything possible to support Chris and his family.”Brailsford previously told French television Froome crashed in the downhill section of the course at high speed” while scouting the time trial route. A message posted to Froome’s official Twitter account Wednesday afternoon, apparently by his wife Michelle, said the cyclist was in surgery to repair “multiple fractures”. Chris is in surgery at the moment to repair the multiple fractures, please keep him in your thoughts. I hope to be able to share a message from him tomorrow morning – MF— Chris Froome (@chrisfroome) June 12, 2019Froome missed the Giro d’Italia to allow himself more time to prepare for the Tour de France, which he had been aiming to win for a record-tying fifth time.The 34-year-old, who won the last of his four Tour de France titles in 2017, had been set to lead Team INEOS in the event, which begins in Brussels on July 6.last_img read more