Governor Wolf Continues Fight Against Opioid Epidemic in Pennsylvania (Round-up)

first_img July 20, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Reading Eagle: State licensing boards sign off on new prescribing guidelines to curb opioid use[Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine] said 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain medicine were issued nationwide last year, enough to provide a bottle for every adult. The seven sets of guidelines are broken down by medical specialties, including specific sets for emergency room pain treatment, opioid use in dental practice and obstetrics and gynecology pain treatment. “We believe the medical community is eager to have more information,” Levine said.Citizens’ Voice: New Pennsylvania guidelines seek to curb opioid prescriptionsIn place of painkillers, physicians can turn to physical and cognitive therapies to deal with a patient’s pain, said Gary Tennis, secretary of the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. [Governor] Wolf said he would support legislation to make the prescribing guidelines mandatory.Philly Voice: Wolf administration recommends new guidelines for prescribing opioidsDoctors and pharmacists in the state of Pennsylvania may face new guidelines for prescribing and dispensing painkillers. Governor Tom Wolf and state health officials unveiled on Tuesday prescription recommendations for the safe and effective use of opioids.WTAJ: Wolf Administration announces new Opioid Prescribing Guideline Recommendations“These guidelines encourage the judicious prescribing of opioid pain medications and they also call for other clinical interventions, prior to the initiation of opioids,” Dr. Levine said. “Really, Opioids should be one of the last treatments for acute pain or chronic pain as opposed to the first treatment that’s prescribed.”WGAL: PA rolls out new prescription drug guidelines (Video) Governor Wolf Continues Fight Against Opioid Epidemic in Pennsylvania (Round-up) Round-Up,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog On Monday, Governor Wolf and Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas toured two of Pennsylvania’s newly approved and funded Centers of Excellence. During the visits, Governor Wolf and Secretary Dallas discussed the significant strides made in the 2016-17 budget to combat the heroin and opioid abuse epidemic plaguing Pennsylvania. The Wolf Administration successfully secured the necessary funding for DHS to open 20 Centers of Excellence (COEs) statewide by October 1, 2016.“I am thrilled that by working with Republicans and Democrats, we have achieved this level of funding for our fight against this public health crisis,” said Governor Wolf. “Now that this year’s budget is complete, it is imperative that we all continue working together to focus on Pennsylvania’s opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic. While the budget allows us to expand treatment for individuals suffering from addiction, we can and should do more to address this matter that is plaguing all of our communities. My administration will keep its focus on this issue and I will continue preparing for the upcoming special session.”Yesterday, Governor Tom Wolf was joined by Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis, and Department of State Secretary Pedro Cortes to announce his administration’s new prescribing guideline recommendations for the safe and effective use of opioids. Under the governor’s leadership, the Department of Health and the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs convened the Safe and Effective Prescribing Practices Task Force, which includes members from various state agencies, representatives from medical associations, provider advocates, and community members.“By reducing the pattern of over-prescribing painkillers that have such a high risk for abuse, we are fighting back against opioid abuse and heroin use before those habits even begin, so I am thrilled to hear Dr. Levine’s recommendations today,” said Governor Wolf. “I urge all state medical boards to accept these guidelines. In addition, I remain committed to working with the legislature during the upcoming special session to address the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic.”Take a look at the additional coverage below.   SHARE  TWEET SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Post-Gazette: Pa. boards of pharmacy and medicine approve new opioid prescribing guidelinesAt an afternoon news conference, Gov. Tom Wolf said he was proud of his administration’s work in creating the guidelines. “The goal for all of us is to reduce the pattern of over-prescription,” he said.Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf visits ‘Center for Excellence’ opioid treatment facility“This is a tragic problem that affects too many families, too many people throughout Pennsylvania,” Mr. Wolf said. “We need to do something about it, and we started with this last budget.” The new state budget includes $15 million for the centers, plus $5 million from federal Medicaid funding. Mr. Wolf initially asked for a total of $34 million, but he stressed nonetheless that the effort had been a bipartisan one.Lehigh Valley Live: Governor visits Allentown to highlight new addiction treatment fundingSpeaking to a group of Treatment Trends residents, Dallas said, “The hardest thing in the world to do sometimes is to ask for help or to take that step over to get services, and you’ve done that. That is the thing that we need if we’re going to be successful.”Morning Call: In Allentown, a more ‘excellent’ approach to fighting heroin“With the Center of Excellence, you will have someone who will help you navigate,” said [Secretary Ted Dallas], who joined Wolf in Allentown. “The whole community helps treat the person, and we make sure you get the services you need.”WKBN: Gov. Wolf discusses new funding to fight opioid addiction in PA“This is a tragic problem that affects too many people, too many families throughout Pennsylvania and it’s something we can do something about, so we started to do something about it with this last budget,” Wolf said.WFMZ: Governor Wolf visits Allentown to discuss opioid abuse treatment“Republicans and Democrats are coming together to do something about this,” Governor Wolf said during a Monday stop in Allentown. “We all recognize this is not the Pennsylvania we want; we can do better, we will.” Gov. Wolf announces 20 new centers to coordinate opioid addiction treatment“We all know someone impacted by the opioid epidemic, and one thing has become abundantly clear – opioid addiction is an illness,” Gov. Wolf said in a statement announcing that his administration was moving ahead with the plan. “In order to address this illness, we need to think about addiction treatment in a different way. Treating underlying causes gives people the best chance they have to beat their addiction.”Post-Gazette: State attempting better coordination of broader services for opioid addicts“Normally if you go to a clinic or hospital, you get a referral for service, and then you’re almost left alone to navigate the system yourself. … We’re trying to move to a more comprehensive, coordinated approach,” said Pennsylvania Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas. “It’s combining medication-assisted treatment with wrap-around therapies for behavioral health problems and to help those with physical health problems that are causing them pain.”Daily Times: Community Hospital in Chester tapped by Gov. Wolf as opioid treatment centerPennsylvania Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas noted that opioids are so powerful that those who attempt recovery need different types of help in order to beat the disorder. “The intense cravings, detoxification, and withdrawal symptoms involved in quitting make addiction difficult to overcome. As our strategy involves both behavioral therapy and FDA-approved medication that individuals take to help curb cravings and manage withdrawal symptoms, it can improve the odds of recovery,” he noted.Citizens’ Voice: Ashley clinic one of 20 in Pa. to benefit from budget boostThe [Centers of Excellence] initiative aims to get the roughly 300,000 people being treated for addictions across the state to stay in treatment and to make care more accessible for those in need, [Secretary of the Department of Human Services, Ted Dallas] said. “Combining medication with therapy and addressing the person’s entire issues, that we think, is the thing that will give us the best chance to be successful,” Dallas said. By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistantlast_img read more

Moyes: Rooney was missed

first_img Press Association “Wayne would have made a difference today,” said Moyes. “We maybe lacked something different at times. “But we didn’t have him because of the injury.” Rooney suffered a severe cut to the head following an accidental collision with Phil Jones in training on Saturday. Without the England forward – who will now miss his country’s crucial World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine – United failed to exert any significant pressure on Liverpool. Robin van Persie cut a particularly frustrated figure as Moyes’ inability to win at Anfield stretched to 13 games, 12 of which are a legacy of his time at Everton. Yet the Scot remained remarkably upbeat afterwards. “We played very well,” he said. “If you look at the games against Swansea, Chelsea and today, we have played well. “We scored all our goals in the first game, but played well, and limited teams to very few opportunities.” Moyes now has one more day to strengthen his squad, with Everton duo Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines remaining the more likely targets after Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde insisted he expected midfielder Anders Herrera to remain with the Primera Division outfit. “I’m not thinking about speaking to him to convince him about anything and I’m not worried about anything else,” said Valverde following his side’s defeat at Real Madrid. “I haven’t spoken with the player but what I’m going to repeat is that I don’t expect the club to make any moves in the transfer market tomorrow [Monday]. “I do not know what will happen. I want Ander to stay with us, and that is what I think, expect will happen.” For his part, Moyes remains optimistic executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, who was at Anfield for Sunday’s defeat, can make the signings he wants. “Maybe in the next how many hours we will get a chance, but I can’t give you a heads up,” said Moyes. Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was in the far happier position of having Victor Moses (Chelsea), Mamadou Sakho (Paris St Germain) and Tiago Ilori (Sporting Lisbon) in the directors’ box to watch the team they are expected to join on Monday. And they will move to a club who have now completed their best start to a league campaign for almost two decades, with Sturridge making the stand-out contribution. “I am delighted with his application,” said Rodgers. “He was nowhere near fit. “He played full game and extra time in the week and he had a slight knock on his thigh. “Even at 70 per cent he will be as good if not better than most Premier League strikers but you have to have that will and desire to put yourself out there. “He can always be a threat.” For a club who boast such an impressive history but have not won the title since 1990, Liverpool know it will not take much for their fans to start dreaming of past glories. And as Monday would have been Bill Shankly’s 100th birthday, it seems an obvious thing to do on the back of three 1-0 Premier League wins. However, Rodgers is keeping his feet firmly on the ground. “We have got 35 games to go so we won’t be getting carried away,” he said. “The team has a lot to improve. We have got a lot of work to do ahead of us. “The initial challenge is to get in the top four.” The Merseyside outfit maintained their 100 per cent start to the campaign thanks to another match-winning goal from Daniel Sturridge as United failed to score in successive Premier League games for the first time since 2007. And Moyes accepted Rooney’s absence with a cut head – a problem that is likely to keep him out for three weeks – was a contributing factor. Manchester United manager David Moyes admitted Wayne Rooney would have made a difference to his side’s performance after they slipped to a 1-0 defeat at Liverpool.last_img read more

Steve McClaren urges Mike Ashley not to hit the Newcastle panic button

first_img The Newcastle manager admitted fears he may struggle to spark a response from his players after his midweek training ground rant only ended in a 5-1 thrashing at Crystal Palace. McClaren unleashed some home truths following Newcastle’s 3-0 loss to Leicester at St James’ Park, only for his side to capitulate spectacularly at Selhurst Park. Now McClaren accepts only a united front at board level will allow him to arrest Newcastle’s slide into the relegation mire, calling on “peer pressure” to take its grip among his squad. “I think that’s the key thing, that there’s no panic,” said McClaren when asked if continued backing from Newcastle’s board would prove pivotal to Premier League survival. “If there were eight games to go then people would, but we’re not. “And that’s where experience tells. We know we’re doing the right things every day, we know we’re doing the right things, I know through experience. “Everybody knows and everybody can see that. In time that will turn around and work, at the present moment it’s not, we’re having huge disappointments that I hope will toughen us up and make us stronger in the long run.” Yannick Bolasie and James McArthur both bagged a brace with Wilfried Zaha also on target as Palace hammered hapless Newcastle. Papiss Cisse opened the scoring but the visitors crumbled after McArthur’s deflected leveller, with former Tyneside boss Alan Pardew putting one over his old club. McClaren was forced to accept he may not be able to read his players the riot act too often if the sole fruit is to slip deeper into trouble. Press Association Steve McClaren hopes Mike Ashley will back him to the hilt so he can command the dressing-room respect to win Newcastle’s relegation dogfight. “Yeah it does, it makes it harder,” said McClaren, when quizzed on whether another heavy loss leads him to question his faith in the ability to generate a reaction from his players. “But you just hope that every bad game, every bad result just makes them stronger in the end. “The players have to learn quickly. The players aren’t doing it for each other at the moment. “Sometimes it’s not about me, it’s about each other. And that’s a team. “When you’re playing, you’ve been a coach or a manager, the dressing room is about peer pressure. It’s about pride, working for each other and not letting down the man next to you. “At the present moment we’ve not got that.” McClaren refused to discuss his January transfer window plans, insisting plotting mid-season signings would still be premature at this stage. “Well we can’t do that,” said McClaren. “At the present moment the next games, Liverpool, then Spurs, then after that then after that – we’ve got games before January. “And we need to get to work and start winning games. We’re in a relegation battle, and we’ve got to make sure that we’re right into that. “The players lose heart easily: it’s not rocket science, everyone can see it and that’s what’s happening. “We’re getting setbacks and we’re not reacting well enough, and that’s what we need to turn around. The players have their own individual motivation and we have to draw that out. “We have to stay calm, keep doing the right things and keep delivering the right messages and keep saying ‘you’ve got to do this, you’ve got to do that’. “We lose when we stop doing our jobs when disappointment hits us. We can’t have that: you’ve got to keep, keep, keep, keep, keep doing your job.” last_img read more