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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