Governor Wolf, Physician General Levine Remind Pennsylvanians about the Availability of Naloxone to Combat Overdoses

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Lemoyne, PA – Governor Tom Wolf joined Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine today at the Rite Aid Pharmacy in Lemoyne to remind Pennsylvania residents and pharmacists that a doctor’s prescription is not needed to obtain the life-saving opioid overdose antidote drug naloxone.“Fighting Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin epidemic is a top priority for my administration, and increasing the access to and use of naloxone is a key aspect of this effort,” said Governor Wolf. “I look forward to continue working collaboratively with leaders in my administration like Dr. Levine, as well as the General Assembly and community leaders, to ensure that Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic. A collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combating this crisis.”“Naloxone is a vital medicine that saves lives in the battle against the opioid overdose public health crisis we are experiencing in Pennsylvania,” said Dr. Levine. “The Department of Health commends Rite Aid for its efforts to increase access to this life-saving drug in the commonwealth.”Last fall, as part of Governor Wolf’s effort to address the opioid abuse crisis in the state, Dr. Levine signed a standing order that serves as a prescription for all Pennsylvanians to access naloxone at their local pharmacies. This medication has saved the lives of hundreds of people in the commonwealth who overdosed on heroin or prescription opioids.Naloxone rapidly reverses heroin and other opioid overdoses. In 2014, nearly 2,500 Pennsylvanians died from a drug overdose. Heroin and opioid overdose are the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, killing more individuals each year than motor vehicle accidents.“As a community healthcare provider, Rite Aid is committed to doing our part in the fight against opioid abuse,” said Jocelyn Konrad, Rite Aid Executive Vice President of Pharmacy. “We are proud to support Governor Wolf and Dr. Levine in their efforts to expand access to naloxone and help reduce the number of deaths caused by opioid overdose across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”Some of the administration’s initiatives in the fight against heroin include: 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 specialty 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 is developing the “warm hand-off” process “warm hand-off” process, whereby overdose survivors would be taken directly from the emergency department to a licensed drug treatment provider, as well as Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Take-Back Program. This program helps communities properly dispose of unused prescriptions at any of the 400+ police station locations across Pennsylvania. To date, approximately 40,000 pounds of prescription drugs have been taken back and destroyed.Governor Wolf’s decision to expand Medicaid eligibility in Pennsylvania under the Affordable Care Act has greatly increased access to treatment services for hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians.Finally, Governor Wolf’s proposed 2016-17 budget provides more than $34 million to treat more than 11,250 new individuals with substance use disorder. The Department of Human Services will provide 25 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. After this first phase of implementation, there will be a push for 25 more facilities that would have the capacity to treat 22,500 individuals total.Visit the “Opioid Abuse” page at www.health.pa.gov  to learn more about naloxone and how it can benefit your local community.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf May 17, 2016center_img Governor Wolf, Physician General Levine Remind Pennsylvanians about the Availability of Naloxone to Combat Overdoseslast_img read more

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Wenger will look beyond Suarez deal

first_img The Arsenal boss admitted it had not been as easy to do business as he had hoped, but remains determined to bolster his squad, which faces a crucial Champions League play-off later this month. ”We try and get what we want; if that doesn’t work we will look somewhere else,” Wenger said in an interview with Al Jazeera Sport. ”The clubs with talented players don’t want to lose them. ”Some clubs acted very early so the choices were reduced and there is more competition coming from France with Paris St Germain, who buy big players for huge amounts of money, so it’s tough, difficult and slow. ”I can assure the fans we will try very hard to keep them happy. We are certainly ready to spend the money, but the process is going slowly, but surely.” The Gunners have seen a specific offer of £40million plus £1 – which was believed would trigger Suarez’s release clause – rejected out of hand by Liverpool. However, Suarez has made it clear he wants to leave and, in a wide-ranging interview, complained of what he saw as broken promises from Reds manager Brendan Rodgers. The 26-year-old – currently serving a domestic 10-game ban imposed by the Football Association for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic at the end of last season – could yet force the situation by handing in a formal transfer request, or even asking the Premier League to intervene over the interpretation of the now infamous get-out clause. Whatever transpires, if Arsenal are to be able to field Suarez in their crucial two-legged Champions League play-off, the draw for which will take place on Friday morning, then the final squad list must be registered with UEFA by 11pm on Monday, August 12, leaving little time for the finer details of what has become one of the summer’s most protracted transfer saga to be thrashed out. On the pitch, Arsenal – who failed to win a match as they hosted the Emirates Cup last weekend – will finalise their pre-season build-up with a friendly against Premier League rivals Manchester City in Helsinki on Saturday. By then, the club are expected to have confirmed the departures of Ivory Coast forward Gervinho to Roma and Morocco striker Marouane Chamakh to newly-promoted Crystal Palace, further reducing the wage bill. Despite chief executive Ivan Gazidis having talked up the club’s new ”financial firepower” at the end of last season, so far the free transfer of France Under-21 forward Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre remains the only confirmed summer signing at the Emirates Stadium. After failing to deliver Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain, given the Argentinian striker eventually opted for Napoli instead, Wenger does appear to have several other players on the radar apart from Suarez, with reports in Romania suggesting a free transfer deal for forward Ciprian Marica was close following his release by Schalke. Press Associationcenter_img Manager Arsene Wenger has moved to reassure Arsenal fans the club are “ready to spend the money” on the right players – and will look elsewhere if they cannot push through a deal for Liverpool’s wantaway striker Luis Suarez.last_img read more

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first_img0Shares0000Juventus bound Emre Can scored three league goals for Liverpool last season, including one against West Ham at Anfield in February © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFROME, Italy, Jun 21 – German midfielder Emre Can has signed for Juventus on a four-year deal, the Turin club announced on Thursday.The 24-year-old spent four years at Liverpool but will be a free agent on July 1 when his contract at the Merseyside club expires. The player completed his medical with the Italian champions in Turin on Thursday.When Can rejected the offer of a new contract from Liverpool earlier in the year there was speculation that he already planned to move to Juventus.Liverpool said earlier in June that Can was free to sign with another club.“Juventus will incur additional costs of 16 million euros ($18.5 million), to be paid over the next two financial years,” the Italian club said on their web site, though they did not specify how much of that was salary, how much was a signing bonus, and how much a payment to Can’s agent.The midfielder joined Liverpool from Bayer Leverkusen as a 19-year-old and scored 14 goals in 167 games for the club.His last appearance for the club was in the Champions League final against Real Madrid in May when he came off the bench in the 83rd minute, just seconds before Gareth Bale scored the final goal in Real’s 3-1 win.Can has played 20 times for Germany but his last appearance in the national squad was as an unused substitute in a friendly against Spain in March. He failed to make the World Cup squad.Liverpool have already signed Fabinho from Monaco for £43.7m ($62.3 million; 53.7 million euros) to strengthen their midfield.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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first_imgADVENTURER Jason Black has been honoured by his home town of Letterkenny.And he says he was proud to share it with his dad Billy.On Sunday Jason will lead hundreds of people on a trip to the top of Mount Errigal – completing his promise to take the Donegal flag he took to the top of Everest to the highest peak in Donegal. “We’re heading off at 2pm from the car park at Errigal where I’d love if you all can join my family take the summit flag back to where it all started,” said Jason.“Before I left I sneaked away quitely one morning very early with the flag and on the top of Mt Errigal I made a promise to myself that I would be back standing proudly and so it will be done on Sunday.”Jason was given a civic reception to mark his trip to Everest.“I will be just as proud to make it to the top of Errigal again,”  JASON BLACK’S PROUD MOMENT WITH HIS DAD BEFORE JOURNEY TO TOP OF ERRIGAL was last modified: June 29th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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)last_img read more

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