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

first_img 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 Assistantlast_img read more

Windies surrender Wisden Trophy with heavy defeat at Old Trafford

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (CMC) – Another stunning batting collapse sent West Indies to their heaviest-ever Test defeat at Old Trafford in terms of runs, as they conceded the three-match series 2-1, to end their all too brief hold on the coveted Wisden Trophy here yesterday.Needing to bat the entire day to force a draw with the victory target of 399 already of academic interest only, West Indies capitulated for 129 in their second innings an hour before the scheduled tea interval, to slump to 296-run loss.For the Caribbean side, the defeat was their second at the ground in as many weeks following their 113-run loss in the second Test, and it ruined their hopes of claiming a first series win on English soil in 32 years.Yet again, the Windies’ much-maligned batting lineup was at fault, failing to last two sessions, even after Monday’s penultimate day was completely abandoned due to rain.Shai Hope, under intense scrutiny due to a protracted run of poor form, top-scored with 31 while Jermaine Blackwood got 23 and Shamarh Brooks, 22 but no other batsman passed 20 in a hugely mediocre effort.The innings was taken apart by the outstanding Stuart Broad who grabbed another two wickets to finish with four for 36 and match figures of 10 for 67.Roston Chase failed to make his ground over a quick single and fell via run-out.Broad became only the seventh bowler and fourth seamer to achieve 500 wickets in Tests when he trapped opener Kraigg Brathwaite lbw for 19 in the morning session.Seamer Chris Woakes supported with five for 50 as West Indies slumped to 84 for five at lunch and then lost their last five wickets for 45 runs in quick time afterwards in spite of one short rain interruption.“We still didn’t get the runs we were probably looking for. I felt the wickets were good enough here for us to at least put in a bigger first-innings effort in both Test matches (at Old Trafford),” captain Jason Holder said afterwards.“If you look through our batting performances, you had plenty starts. Quite a few guys got half-centuries, got into the 40s, 30s but didn’t quite kick on.“I think the difference with England is when (Ben) Stokes got in he went big, when (Dom) Sibley got in he went big and unfortunately we didn’t do that.“I felt our bowlers tried in some very tough conditions. But credit to all of them, I must always commend them for the effort they made and I think it was not as bad as it looked.”Needing a massive effort to save the Test, force a drawn series and keep hold of the Wisden Trophy, West Indies lost three wickets in the first session, to stumble early on after resuming precariously placed on 10 for two.Not for the first time, Brathwaite found himself trapped on his crease after he had added 17 to his overnight two but Hope and Brooks then lifted their side’s hopes in a 34-run, fourth-wicket stand.Desperate to end the series with a score, Hope struck six fours – mostly an array of elegant off-side drives – in a fluent 38-ball knock while Brooks faced 48 deliveries and counted two fours.However, both fell inside the last 31 balls before lunch, taken 23 minutes early due to rain. Hope was the first to go, pulling at a short one from Woakes and skying a catch to Broad running in from mid-on, capping a miserable series that yielded a paltry 105 runs from six innings.And Brooks followed soon afterwards, caught behind off the inside edge playing back to Woakes, with lunch in sight.The visitors’ decline continued 20 minutes after the interval when Roston Chase, unbeaten on five at lunch, was run-out by Dom Bess’s direct throw at the striker’s end after adding just two, as he hesitated over a single with Blackwood.And Holder perished for 12, lbw to Woakes, playing forward lazily, to leave the Windies sinking quickly at 99 for seven.Six overs later, Woakes cleaned up both Shane Dowrich (8) and Rahkeem Cornwall (2) both lbw in the space of five balls before Broad fittingly ended the innings by removing Blackwood to a leg-side catch by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.West Indies won the opening Test by four wickets at Southampton earlier this month.SCOREBOARDENGLAND 1st innings 369WEST INDIES 1st innings 197ENGLAND 2nd innings 226 for two decl.WEST INDIES 2nd innings (target: 399 runs) o/n 10 for two) Brathwaite lbw b Broad 19 Campbell c Root b Broad 0 Roach c wkp. Buttler b Broad 4 Hope c Broad b Woakes 31 Brooks c wkp. Buttler b Woakes 22 Chase run-out 7 Blackwood c wkp. Buttler b Broad 23 Holder lbw b Woakes 12 Dowrich lbw b Woakes 8 Cornwall lbw b Woakes 2 Gabriel not out 0Extras: (lb-1) 1Total: (all out, 37.1 overs) 129Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-6), 3-45, 4-71, 5-79, 6-87, 7-99, 8-117, 9-119.Bowling: Anderson 8-4-18-0, Broad 8.1-1-36-4, Woakes 11-0-50-5, Archer 10-1-24-0.Man-of-the-Match: Stuart Broad.last_img read more

The HIVE Leagues Begins 6-A-side World Cup Registration

first_imgThe leagues kick-off this weekend and several captains have already registered their teams. In addition, entry fees for the first four teams in each league have been waived to encourage participation. Currently teams can register to play in Lagos or in Abuja, with more locations coming soon  “A lot of recreational football gets played in Nigeria but usually without too much structure. What appears to occur from an organisation point of view, seasonally, are small sided tournaments which are held over a few days, usually organised by companies” Koko added.To participate, football lovers should visit www.thehiveleagues.com to registerShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The HIVE Leagues Limited, Nigeria’s foremost Sports Management Company, has begun preparations for the six-a-side small-sided football World Cup tournament taking place in Crete, Greece, later in the year.The HIVE leagues is affiliated to the International Socca Federation (ISF), which is an authority on small sided football worldwide. Its major focus is to begin organised small-sided football and recreational sport leagues in Nigeria in general with a focus on putting together a squad from everyday players and amateurs that will compete in the small-sided football World Cup tournament in Greece.Chief Executive Officer, Henry Koko said the vision for small sided football in the country was huge, which is why the company is setting up leagues around the country to bring the vision to life. “We want to replicate the culture and structure of organised small sided football as seen in the UK, for instance, here in Nigeria and we believe ‘Everybody Should Play’. Our desire is to have individuals or teams compete in the leagues, play regional tournaments and produce a dream team, made up of everyday footballers, that will represent Nigeria in the small sided football World Cup at the world stage.”last_img read more