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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Batesville Dirt Road League Basketball Results

first_imgGood luck to all teams.  Go Bulldogs! Batesville 4th Grade (8-2) @ Batesville High SchoolBatesville 34, North Decatur 4Batesville 38, Jac-Cen-Del 15 Batesville 5th Grade White (0-8) @ Jac-Cen-Del              Batesville Blue 25, Batesville White 13              Jac-Cen-Del 25, Batesville White 9Coach Dan Goldsmith noted that Jake Chapman played well in both contests for the White Squad. Batesville 28, East Central 23In a physical contest from the outset, the Bulldogs were able to overcome 27% shooting by outrebounding the Trojans 29-20 and hit some clutch shots down the stretch.  Conner Drake had a huge rebound basket with under two minutes to play to give the Bulldogs the lead for good and Jack Grunkemeyer hit 3 of 4 free throws to ice the game in the final seconds.  Chris Lewis led Batesville with 11 points, Grunkemeyer 6, Drake 4, Johnson 2, Prickel 2, Buschle 2 and Wirth 1.  Grunkemeyer was a horse on the boards with 8 rebounds.center_img Batesville 5th Grade Blue (5-3) @ Jac-Cen-Del              Batesville Blue 25, Batesville White 13              Batesville Blue 22, Connersville 17 Batesville 6th Grade (12-4) @ East Central High School FieldhouseBatesville 44, Jac-Cen-Del 15The Bulldogs jumped out to an 11-0 lead and cruised to victory.  The Bulldogs held the Eagles to 16% shooting  on solid defensive pressure and won the rebound battle 37-23. All 9 players cracked the scoring column for the squad.  Leading the way offensively for Batesville was Brendan Heiser with 10, Gus Prickel 9, Chris Lewis 8, Jack Grunkemeyer 4, Bradley Wirth 4, Jonathan Buschle 3, Conner Drake 2, Sam Johnson 2, and Noah Pierson 2.  Drake and Grunkemeyer each had 6 rebounds and Lewis tallied 4 assists.last_img read more

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Moving Sala homage as emotional Nantes crumble

first_imgTickets for the game were sold at a symbolic nine euros in memory of the player’s shirt number, which they have also withdrawn from use.As the Nimes players came out onto the pitch they headed to the main Nantes stand and placed flowers before a large written tribute readin ‘Emi forever’.Nantes players wore a black strip on Sunday © AFP / LOIC VENANCEAround 37,000 fans were on hand to see a giant portrait of Sala displayed in the centre-circle ahead of the game, and a minute’s silence was observed before spilling into rousing applause.Nantes coach Vahid Halilhodzic, who excelled when he himself was the club’s No.9, said he felt a special attachment to Sala, who he described as a “lovely lad”.“He has left an eternal mark on this club, on top of it all (the death) it was such a shock, him disappearing and the hope gradually dwindling,” he said.The Bosnian, who coached Lille and PSG previously, and more recently Algeria and Japan, said the club could not hide behind Sala’s disappearance.“It’s a nightmare of course,” he said after his team’s 4-2 defeat after being 2-0 up.“But no side of mine has ever given up a lead like that and conceded four goals at home. Never. From now on I want an outright battle for survival.”“The players are obviously shaken, and this is a very heavy thing to deal with,” added the 66-year-old.Fans appeared still focussed on Sala himself.“He was a warrior on the pitch and a nice guy off it,” said Nantes fan Nathalie as she laid yellow flowers at a makeshift shrine of scarves, photos and bouquets outside the stadium.“He was a straightforward guy who displayed the kind of personal qualities we would like to see more of in football,” said another fan, 21-year-old Aubin Dubuche.Nantes sold Sala to Premier League club Cardiff during the transfer window but on his way to a new life the player and his pilot crashed into the channel near the British island of Guernsey on January 21.Supporters pay a tribute to Sala at a shrine outside Nantes’ stadium © AFP / LOIC VENANCENantes players had promised to ‘win for Sala’ and goals from Kalifa Coulibaly and Abdul Majeed Waris gave them a 2-0 half-time lead over Nimes, but emotions had worn the home side’s nerves thin and they collapsed to a 4-2 defeat.Nimes are now 10th while Nantes are 15th just five points clear of the drop zone.Elsewhere, Radamel Falcao was on target as the 2017 champions Monaco drew 2-2, throwing away the lead twice at Montpellier, to climb to third from bottom.Later games pitch rock-bottom Guingamp against second from top Lille, Rennes host Saint Etienne and third placed Lyon travel to Nice in the late game.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A portrait of Emiliano Sala prior to Nantes’ game with Nimes on Sunday © AFP / LOIC VENANCENantes, France, Feb 10 – Emiliano Sala’s former club Nantes gave a final rousing send off to the Argentine striker, whose body was recovered from a crashed plane this week, with a series of moving gestures in their Ligue 1 game with Nimes on Sunday.Known as the Canaries because of their yellow strip Nantes played in a one-off full black outfit with Sala’s name on the back of each shirt.last_img read more

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STUNNING SHANDON SPA AND HOTEL HOSTS SUPERB OPEN NIGHT AHEAD OF OFFICAL OPENING

first_imgFEATURES: THE SHANDON SPA AND HOTEL hosted a superb open night yesterday evening as locals got a glimpse of the stunning state-of-the-art facility – ahead of it’s official opening tomorrow.Since news emerged that The Shandon Hotel and Spa had been bought by new owners – a flurry of excitement was expressed by those in Dunfanaghy and across the county who had sampled the superb Spa before it closed in 2011. While the hotel continues to undergo renovations ahead of its official opening next Easter, management have pressed ahead with the launch of the Spa.The brand new Spa was only opened a few years before the Shandon closed and is one of the most luxurious facilities in the North-West.Manager of the Spa, Chanelle Da Silva has been extremely busy organising everything ahead of the official launch and has ensured that the Spa is ready to open today.She told Donegal Daily, “We are grateful to all the people that joined us tonight for our opening night. “We look forward to welcoming you again soon. There already has been a huge influx of people that have already pre-booked the Spa ahead of its official opening today.We wish the new management team well on their new venture ahead.   STUNNING SHANDON SPA AND HOTEL HOSTS SUPERB OPEN NIGHT AHEAD OF OFFICAL OPENING was last modified: August 1st, 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:BusinessFeaturesnewslast_img read more

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