Governor Wolf’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Celebrates Reduction of Opioid Over-Prescribing in First Year

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today recognized the more than 93,000 users registered with Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), who have helped reduce the number of patients “doctor-shopping” for Schedule II-IV controlled substance prescription drugs in the past year.“In its first year, we have seen an incredible 86 percent drop in patients ‘doctor-shopping’ because of professionals using the PDMP,” Governor Wolf said. “It has played a key role in increasing communication to not only reduce the number of unnecessarily prescribed opioids and benzodiazepines, but also getting patients with substance abuse disorders the help they need. In September, the PDMP will become even stronger with the launch of a new initiative that connects it to patients’ electronic health records, providing near-instant access to critical prescription history.”The practice known as “doctor-shopping” is defined as a patient visiting five or more prescribers and pharmacies for Schedule II-IV medications, such as opioids and benzodiazepines, in a three-month period. The PDMP collects Schedule II-V controlled-substance prescription data and stores it in a secure database only available to health care professionals and others as authorized by law. This system also assists prescribers in referring patients with the disease of addiction to an appropriate treatment program.In the past 12 months, over 93,000 users registered with the PDMP. The program’s database has averaged over 1.1 million searches monthly since its inception – even achieving 53,000 searches on a weekday.“The PDMP has proven to be an effective tool for stopping the disease of addiction before it starts,” Dr. Rachel Levine, Acting Health Secretary and Physician General, said. “Ensuring that medication is prescribed safely and effectively saves lives.”The PDMP currently has interstate data-sharing abilities that allow prescribers and pharmacists to see if patients have filled controlled substance prescriptions in Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D.C. Additionally, a one-way sharing connection has been established with Maryland, enabling its program users to search Pennsylvania’s PDMP.Starting in September, the PDMP will begin integrating with electronic health records and pharmacy management systems of all eligible healthcare entities in Pennsylvania. This will provide near-instant and seamless access to critical prescription history information to both prescribers and pharmacists across the commonwealth.To date, the administration has:Developed more than 45 treatment centers that will treat more than 11,000 individuals with substance use disorder.Expanded Medicaid to more Pennsylvanians, which now covers substance use disorder care for over 125,000 more Pennsylvanians.Secured a $26.5 million federal grant to support prevention, treatment, and recovery services to battle the opioid epidemic.Grew the number of drug-take back boxes to 665 and destroyed more than 300,000  pounds  of drugs.Equipped law enforcement, first responders, and schools with the overdose-reversing antidote naloxone, reversing nearly 4,000  heroin and opioid overdoses since 2014.Strengthened the use of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which enables health care providers to safely prescribe controlled substances to their patients. 93,000 authorized users have conducted more than 10 million searches since the program became operational in August 2016.To date, more than 15,000 Pennsylvanians have contacted a statewide helpline for assistance. 1-800-662-HELP is available 24/7 for those who need immediate assistance with drug and alcohol problems to talk with a person who can help.Pennsylvania residents and PDMP users can request information by contacting the PDMP office at [email protected] more information, please browse the PDMP website for the latest updates at Governor Wolf’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Celebrates Reduction of Opioid Over-Prescribing in First Yearcenter_img August 31, 2017last_img read more

Eric Tomlinson

first_imgEric TomlinsonEric Tomlinson will look to regain the momentum be brought from Texas to Super Nationals when Modified qualifying resumes tonight.The Waco hotshoe capped off his run to the Heart O’ Texas track title with the win on champion­ship night at his hometown track.“We let a good race get away (on Wednesday) when we pulled off after half a lap after starting outside front row,” he said. “But we have more chances.”Tomlinson won three times at HO’T, racing with the likes of long-time friend Kevin Green and for­mer national champion William Gould, and topped three of his four starts at Cotton Bowl Speed­way. He’s raced a Modified since 2009 and won a “B” feature in his first visit to Boone last year.“I like the atmosphere and the people here. This is truly a racing vacation,” he said. “Ideally, we want to win Super Nationals. We don’t go anywhere to run second, but making the show here is an impressive feat in its own.”last_img read more

Study finds more people packing vans to move out of Iowa than move in

first_imgDES MOINES — Iowa lost population last year, according to a study from United Van Lines.The moving company says it handled more moves for people leaving Iowa, than those moving in, making it 8th of the 50 states for having the most “out-bound” moves.Michael Stoll, a professor of public policy at UCLA, studies the data for United. Stoll says many of the people who left Iowa are young, between the ages of 25 and 44.“They’re more moderate income individuals making somewhere between $40,000 and $75,000 a year,” Stoll says. “What that says is, there’s an economic reason for people leaving Iowa that may have to do with professional aspirations or opportunities that they could achieve elsewhere.”Iowa’s population loss is no surprise as many people leave this part of the country every year and head generally south.Stoll says, “This is part of a longer overall migration trend that’s been occurring in the United States over the last 20 or 30 years, where you have people leaving the Midwest (and going) to the Southern and Western or Southwestern states for a variety of reasons, including changes in the economy, demographic change as well as people migrating to more warmer climates.”The number-one reason people give for moving is job-related, but other factors play a role, including family, housing costs and taxes.“In Iowa, about 63% of people are moving there to take a job, but a quarter, 25%, are moving to be closer to family and friends,” Stoll says. “Typically, in the United States, only about 6% of people move to be closer to family and friends, so 25% moving to Iowa for that reason is a pretty big number.”The U.S. Census Bureau says Iowa’s population grew by about one-half of one-percent last year and exceeded 3.1-million people, ranking Iowa 30th among the 50 states.last_img read more

Rossland’s BlackJack tops Teck Kootenay Cup

first_imgThe race, with competitors between the ages of four and 60 years, was a free style mass start design so we had lots of competitors across the start line.The Younger age categories had some stiff competition with some close finishes.The Masters Men’s category had the most competitors and lots of fun around the course.The Teck Kootenay Cup series started in December with two races hosted at the Blackjack Ski Trails.The scene shifted to Kimberley for races three and four before the final event Sunday at Nelson Nordic Ski Trails. A record 125 skiers from throughout the region flocked to the Nelson Nordic Ski Club to compete in the final Teck Kootenay Cup Crosscountry Ski race of the season Sunday at the Apex Trails south of Nelson.Rossland’s BlackJack team came away with the aggregate championship in the Teck Kootenay Cup Series, edging out Castlegar, Fernie, Hills and Nelson for the overall crown.last_img read more


first_imgECLIPSE CINEMAS: Management at Eclipse Cinemas Lifford and Strabane have announced they will be screening Autism friendly film ‘Two by Two’ at 3pm this Saturday. AFS_ICON_CMYKList of new releases outlined below. The Age of Adaline A young woman, born at the turn of the 20th century, is rendered ageless after an accident. After many solitary years, she meets a man who complicates the eternal life she has settled into.Released 8th May:  Certificate PG:  Run Time 112mins Game A young teenager camping in the woods helps rescue the President of the United States when Air Force One is shot down near his campsite.Released 7th May:  Certificate 12A: Run Time 90mins Classics  – Tickets Now On Sale18th May: – The Quiet Man (1952) Autism Friendly filmTwo by Two – Saturday 9th May @ 3pmAUTISM FRIENDLY FILM TO BE SCREENED THIS SATURDAY AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS was last modified: May 6th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Eclipse CinemasEntertainmentFeaturesNoticeslast_img read more

Kenya on top of Chile quake data

first_imgMapped data points indicate areas that need immediate attention. (Image: Ushahidi Chile) Damaged apartment buildings testify to the violence of the February 2010 Chile quake. (Image: Wikimedia) MEDIA CONTACTS • Eric HersmanUshahidi operations directorRELATED ARTICLES • South Africa reaches out to Haiti• SA concert to aid Haiti • Supercomputers to the rescue • African inventions site honouredJanine ErasmusKenya’s Ushahidi group, based in Nairobi, is supplying valuable data to facilitate rescue attempts in the aftermath of the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck south-central Chile on 27 February.Ushahidi (Kiswahili, meaning “testimony”), is an open-source platform for real-time citizen-generated data-gathering, especially useful in the event of a crisis or other significant happening.It was established after Kenya’s controversial election in 2007, which led to a dispute over which of the two candidates had won and escalated into ethnic violence that left about 800 people dead and many thousands displaced. The two parties eventually signed a power-sharing agreement under the guidance of then UN secretary-general Kofi Annan.CrowdsourcingThe term commonly used for the way the data is collected is “crowdsourcing”, and it alludes to the fact that the data-gathering task is assigned or outsourced to a group or community.Ushahidi is also the name of the software that powers the site. It was developed by an innovative team of Kenyan bloggers, among them Erik Hersman who is the brains behind AfriGadget, named as one of Time magazine’s top 50 websites of 2008.The Ushahidi concept is beautifully simple – local eyewitnesses submit their reports via text messages, emails, Twitter or an online form, and their reports are added to a Google map so that events and trends may be tracked in terms of both time and location.Initially the management team comprised mainly volunteers, but has since become established as a more formal and focused operation, and it now has helpers from around the world.Reaching out to those in needThe centre was recently called upon to set up a comprehensive Haiti page, providing data about the earthquake that shattered that island nation in early January 2010. The page is available in English, French, Spanish and Creole.Their experience was needed again just a month later, when the 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile in the early hours of 27 February. Over 700 people are reported dead, with about 2-million displaced.Its epicentre was just 115km northeast of the city of Concepción, the capital of the Biobio region, situated roughly in the centre of the long, narrow country. Chile also boasts the unwelcome distinction of the most violent earthquake in history, the 1960 disaster that struck some 900km south of the capital Santiago.The Ushahidi team sprang into action straight away after the February quake, setting up a crisis website within an hour. Less than 48 hours after the site went live, over 100 reports had already been mapped. This visualisation of the data is invaluable for rescue and law enforcement teams, as they can see at a glance where they need to focus their efforts.Management of the site was then turned over to volunteers from Columbia University‘s School of International and Public Affairs, with a group of Chilean expatriates assisting.The website can be read in English, French and Spanish. People receiving text messages of help from loved ones trapped in the ruins are encouraged to forward the message to the Chile Ushahidi website, where it will be mapped, enabling emergency crews monitoring the data to note the plea and respond swiftly.The site is also being used to track incidents of looting and vandalism, and to alert citizens to other issues such as road closures.Reports may be submitted by text message to +44 762 480 2524; by email to [email protected]; by tweeting #chile or #terremotochile; or online.The online form offers a variety of notification categories, ranging from emergencies, threats and service interruptions, to dead or missing people and shops that are open.Because blogs, news reports and even Twitter are at times clogged with useless information, the team has built Swift River, a customised open-source filtering system that screens and validates the incoming data, ensuring efficient use of priceless time.They have also developed utilities such as SMS Turk which automatically translates incoming text messages. This proved invaluable during the Haiti crisis when many messages were sent in Creole and French, and a speedy response was required.Sharing the codeThe Haiti website was probably the team’s biggest success to date, said Hersman. “It proved what we said all along – you can crowd-source useful crisis information.”Plotted data was used extensively by relief organisations such as the Red Cross.During the Kenyan riots, incidents of both violence and peace were monitored with the assistance of a cadre of 45 000 users on the ground.Accounts were verified, as they are with all the Ushahidi websites, before appearing on the map, using sources such as the Kenyan government, the local and international press, NGOs, and bloggers.The venture’s success prompted the developers to share their code in 2008 with a South African group, United for Africa, which monitored the xenophobic attacks that broke out in the country in mid-2008.The team realised that the software needed to be developed far more for it to be used efficiently, so with a donation of US$200 000 (R1.5-million) from grant facilitators Humanity United, they set to work and were ready to release an alpha version of Ushahidi by October 2008.Three more alphas later, the beta version is now available on the website as a free open-source download, so that others may use it for similar purposes. The developers said it can also be used for less distressing situations, such as corporate internal monitoring.Many organisations have implemented the Ushahidi software to monitor global events. These include the recent heavy snowfalls in Washington DC, the widespread swine flu outbreak, the 2009 Indian elections, wildlife tracking in Kenya and more.last_img read more

Marestail problems expected in spring fields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A mild winter was just right to create conditions for a higher incidence of the marestail weed on farm fields this year, a Purdue University weed specialist says.Farmers need to do what they can to gain control of it early in the planting season, said Travis Legleiter, weed science program specialist in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology.“As we go into spring, I think farmers need to be aware of how much marestail is in their fields,” Legleiter said. “I think this spring we may have more marestail, or marestail that’s further advanced in its growth stage, than we’ve had in the past.”An effective burndown is the best method to control a marestail infestation, said Legleiter, who advises farmers to use herbicides other than 2,4-D and glyphosate.Along with marestail, farmers should be aware of giant ragweed, Palmer amaranth and waterhemp.Identification is key to fighting weed infestation. Resources for identification are available in publications from the Purdue Extension Education Store at, including the 2016 Weed Control Guide for Ohio, Indiana and Illinois (search for product code WS-16-W) and Palmer Amaranth Biology, Identification and Management (product code WS-51).Legleiter advises farmers to scout fields regularly and clean equipment, especially when moving between fields with heavy weed populations but also between fields with small or no weed populations.“We consider combines to be one of the biggest contributors to the spread of seeds,” Legleiter said. “Everything a farmer can do to keep the weeds spreading from one field to the next is going to be beneficial.”When using herbicides, Legleiter stresses the importance of applying them while the weeds are 2-4 inches tall for optimal effectiveness. Not only is it important to apply early, but also applying a mixture of herbicides with different sites of action is best for resistance management. Sites of action refer to where, on a molecular level, the herbicide affects the weed. Many herbicides have the same site of action, so it is important that farmers use herbicides that have different sites of action. Farmers can use the Herbicide Classification chart, found at, to aid in choosing different sites of actions herbicides.“If you’re using the same site of action multiple times in a year, year after year, you’re just selecting for the weeds that are resistant to that herbicide,” Legleiter said. “When you use multiple sites of action, where one might fail the other can pick up.”Legleiter recommends using as many herbicides with different action sites as possible and not applying those with the same sites of action more than three times in a year.last_img read more

Ohio counties receive 2016 all White-Reinhardt mini-grants

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has awarded 13 $500 mini-grants to communities across the nation. The grants are awarded through the Foundation’s White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program. Grants were provided to the Logan County Farm Bureau and the Butler County Farm Bureau in Ohio.The grants are allocated through county and state Farm Bureaus and are used to create new agricultural literacy projects or expand existing agricultural literacy efforts.Criteria for selecting winners included: the effectiveness of demonstrating a strong connection between agriculture and education; how successfully the project enhances learner engagement in today’s food, fiber and fuel systems; and the processes and timelines for accomplishing project goals.“The mini-grant program is our way of giving back to our grassroots members to assist in helping younger generations learn about agriculture and the role it plays in our everyday lives,” said Julie Tesch, executive director of the Foundation.Farm Bureau members share free educational resources with educators in their communities as part of the program. The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a project of the Foundation in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. The fund honors two former committee chairwomen, Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, who were trailblazers in early national efforts to expand the outreach of agricultural education and improve agricultural literacy.The 2016 Mini-Grants Awarded to Ohio counties include a project with the Butler County Farm Bureau where copies of The Beeman for each of the 55 elementary schools in Butler County. Many of the schools have urban populations so this book will be a great introduction to different aspects of agriculture and related careers.The Logan County Farm Bureau is working on “A Journey through Food” to introduce third-graders to where their food comes from. Students will meet farmers and participate in hands-on projects to learn about the ag industry and increase ag literacy.last_img read more

PHIUS Announces Plans for its Annual Conference

first_imgThe annual conference of the Passive House Institute U.S. is scheduled to take place this year in Chicago and will feature educational sessions on topics ranging from affordable multifamily buildings and modeling software to rammed earth construction and foam-free wall assemblies.Workshops will be led by Joseph Lstiburek of the Building Science Corp.; water expert Gary Klein; Maine architect Chris Briley, co-host of Green Building Advisor’s Green Architect’s Lounge; Thorsten Chlupp, a building science consultant in Alaska; Graham Wright, who leads research and development for PHIUS; building scientist William Rose; and a number of others.Four separate tracks of workshops are scheduled on both September 11 and 12. PHIUS also will announce winners of its juried design competition at the conference (the deadline for entry expires August 25).Pre-conference activities include PHIUS+ rater training on September 9 and 10.Katie Swenson, vice president of National Design Initiatives for Enterprise Community Partners, is scheduled to give the keynote speech when the conference opens on September 11. The following day, the lead speaker will be Dr. Hartwig Kuenzel, developer of the WUFI modeling software. Sam Raskin, chief architect of the Building Technologies Office at the U.S. Department of Energy, will wrap things up with closing remarks on September 12.Registration and pricing information is available at the PHIUS conference website.last_img read more

Hurricane Sandy Rewrites The Script On Google’s Nexus News

first_imgTags:#Android#Google A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… The launch event for Google’s new Nexus 4 phone and Nexus 10 tablet was supposed to be in New York. That was canceled at the last minute, thanks to Hurricane Sandy. So instead, Google announced the devices in a blog post Monday morning. Isn’t it a pain when real life messes up your carefully scripted tech news?After the Google blog post revealed the new gadgets, journalists got hurried group walkthroughs and some hands-on time at Google’s San Francisco headquarters. Some reporters expressed frustration to me that this launch was “botched,” unwilling to let it slide for, you know, an act of God.This is a pretty exciting launch from Google, and I don’t want to act like it doesn’t deserve some attention. The Nexus 10 is the first 10-inch Android tablet worth a damn, and the Nexus 4 is a blazingly fast phone with a great screen, camera, and overall feel. Android 4.2 has some enticing new features.Android is a real tablet OS now. It has multi-user support, which I sure wish Apple’s OS had. “Tablets with a large display are devices meant to be shared,” said Hugo Barra, Google’s director of product management for Android. And it’s true.The Nexus 4 boasts this awesome new Photo Sphere mode, which lets you create full 360-degree views of the space all around you, just like in Google Street View. You can even submit your Photo Spheres to Google Maps for actual inclusion in Street View. That’s such a cool idea, and it’s a win-win for Google and for users.But the whole thing felt perfunctory and uncomfortable, given what was happening on the East Coast. “Glad we’re not in New York,” joked a prominent tech reporter as we all headed into the room. Everybody laughed, and I couldn’t tell how much journo cynicism was infused in it. The PR people were haggard. They had been in NYC preparing for the event, and the game plan was changed on them due to the weather. What a bummer.But the PR machinery of the tech news world keeps cranking. We’re still not allowed to post full reviews until the embargo is lifted Friday morning. Monday was a day full of real news, the kind where people get hurt, cities get flooded, and history gets made. This kind of natural disaster news will only get more intense. But some people were still preoccupied, thinking about new tablets and phones.center_img Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting jon mitchelllast_img read more