July 20, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf 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.”Philly.com: 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 Assistant
THE Enterprise Primary School produced a magnificent all-round performance to capture the Lower East Coast zone title, when they whipped Graham’s Hall Primary School by 36 runs in the Guyana Cricket Board Scotiabank Kiddy progression one cricket tournament final yesterday, at the Enterprise Community Centre ground.The hosts were first led by an entertaining half-century from opener Rafeek Azeez, which eventually laid the foundation in their total of 153-7.The 11-year-old Azeez batted with skilful execution and rose to the challenge in his 19-ball innings, which was embellished with seven fours and three sixes.The right-hander’s batting brilliance also inspired his partners, with Hanoman Singh contributing an unbeaten 21, captain Azam Mohamed chipped in with 21, while fellow opener Davendra Lall made 16. Extras contributed 24 to the total.Tawana Courtman was the best bowler for the losing side with 3-4, while Crystal Lewis had 2-4. Susanna Ketuaroo and Samuel Saroop also chipped in with a wicket apiece.In the run chase, Graham’s Hall Primary were never in the hunt for the winning total, with only opener Joshua Alves put up some resistance, with a solid 44. Saroop (16), Azariah Matthews (13) and Carlos Gonsalves (11) were the only batsmen with any meaningful contributions.They eventually reached 117-7 when the innings expired. Keiza Leon, Yugeshwar Rampersaud, Vinita Ballkishun and Vamauth Hardeo were the successful bowlers for the hosts.Some 210 primary schools around Guyana will benefit from the 2016 programme. Scotiabank’s Kiddy Cricket first bowled off in the year 2000, a joint effort between the financial institution and the West Indies Cricket Board.The showpiece has grown among 14 Caribbean countries, with more than 750 000 now participating. (Rajiv Bisnauth)
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoBilled as a perennial highlight on the schedule, Wisconsin’s 61-58 loss to Marquette in Milwaukee was the battle that has come to be expected from an in-state rivalry.“It was a great basketball game,” Marquette head coach Buzz Williams said. “I thought the last 16 minutes was like Joe Frazier and Muhammad Ali.”Playing against the three Marquette senior guards Dominic James, Jerel McNeal and Wesley Matthews, the key for the Badgers was to slow down the game and keep the Golden Eagles from scoring in transition.“Whenever you play a team like that, it’s the way the game is going to be,” McNeal said. “They are going to slow the ball down, and they are going to make you work on defense each and every possession.”In the first half, the Badgers had it their way. Going into the locker room at the end the first half, Wisconsin held a 33-27 lead. The Badgers out-rebounded a smaller Marquette team 16-10 and even built a 10-point lead with 6:55 left to go in the half.“In the first half, we were getting what we wanted,” Wisconsin forward Joe Krabbenhoft said. “We were making them shoot outside shots, which was something we wanted to do and we rebounded. Then things got switched. They got the momentum, and we never got it back.”As the second half started, however, Marquette began to take control. Matthews, who only had seven points in the first half, scored 14 straight points over 11 minutes in the second half to help Marquette build a 52-49 lead. The Golden Eagles never looked back.“He was definitely feeling it,” Krabbenhoft said. “He had that one that kind of went in and out, which was kind of a heat-check, and he had a guy right on him but pulled it right up. That is when you know a guy is just feeling it.”At the end of the game, McNeal, James and Matthews accounted for 45 of Marquette’s 61 points, including a game-high 26 from McNeal. James finished with 10 and Matthews, who averages 22 points per game, only had nine points. As a team, the Golden Eagles shot 41.4 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from the free throw line.While McNeal went on his run, the Badgers were unable to respond. They went scoreless from 8:18 in the half until forward Marcus Landry hit a layup with 2:17 left to go in the game. By then, though, Marquette had built a 59-51 lead.“We scored two points on nine possessions and that hurts,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “We lose the lead, and they get the lead. We played from behind on the road. Those are things you don’t like to do, but you try to get it done.”Besides outscoring the Badgers, the Golden Eagles also out-rebounded Wisconsin. Marquette managed 12 offensive boards after halftime while Wisconsin, who had an evident size-advantage, came up with just two.“It was big time for us tonight,” McNeal said about his team’s dominance on the boards. “Most of the teams we play are bigger than us. We know we have to play a certain way and have to have a certain aggressiveness to us. We have to have a chip on our shoulder every time we get on the court, especially in the rebounding department. I think we came out tonight and proved it to ourselves, and everyone else we could do that.”On the Badgers’ side of the ball, there was very little production in the second half. Marquette limited Landry to just three points on four shots and six rebounds. The only offensive bright spots for Wisconsin were Trevon Hughes, who finished with 14 points, and Keaton Nankivil, who finished with 11 points but just one rebound.“One rebound might be deceiving because he probably got a body on his guy quite a bit,” Ryan said of Nankivil. “You always like to see your five guy a little more active on the glass. But he ended up doing some really nice things for a sophomore.”Despite giving up 45 points to Marquette’s guards, Ryan was impressed with the composure his freshmen, especially Jordan Taylor and Rob Wilson, who finished the game with seven points, including a three point basket during an 8-0 run during the first half.“I think Rob Wilson showed some things athletically,” Ryan said. “Keep an eye on him. He’s an interesting guy. He’s had to step it up a little more. I saw some good things that he brings to the table.”Ryan, who dismissed the fact that he prepares any differently for a rivalry game than any other games, thought his team was ready for Saturday’s game, especially coming off a big win against Virginia Tech in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.“If we have two, three days of preparation, one day you are throwing zones in and you are throwing traps in,” Ryan said. “We just didn’t get off the boat. Now, how you execute it, it might look like we were at Ellis Island.”After Saturday night’s win, Marquette had its first back-to-back victories against Wisconsin since the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons. The game also marks the Golden Eagles’ 53 victory in the 115th meeting between the two teams.