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Working Together to Combat the Opioid Crisis

first_img  SHARE  TWEET August 19, 2016 By: Dr. Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania Physician General Working Together to Combat the Opioid Crisis Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog The prescription opioid and heroin crisis is the most significant public health crisis facing Pennsylvania. According to the Pennsylvania State Coroners Association 2015 Report on Overdose Death Statistics, 3,505 Pennsylvanians died as a result of drug poisoning. That is an astonishing 10 deaths a day. In Pennsylvania, more people die of drug overdose than car accidents.This crisis affects urban areas, suburban areas and rural areas of our state. While younger white males continue to be the most at-risk demographic for opioid overdose, deaths from prescription painkillers among women have increased more than 400 percent since 1999.How the Opioid Crisis DevelopedThe etiology of this crisis is the perfect storm of factors. In the 1990s and early 2000s, there was an increased focus by federal regulatory agencies on the diagnoses and treatment of pain by medical professionals. At the same time, there was the development of long-acting, powerful and, unfortunately, highly addictive opioid pain medications. These medications became widely prescribed.In 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for painkillers, enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills. Additionally, there was the influx of cheap and plentiful heroin from Central and South America. This confluence of factors have contributed to the crisis of substance use disorder and opioid overdose we currently face.What We’re Doing to Combat the Opioid CrisisSubstance Use Disorder is a disease. It is not a moral failing. The disease is complex and complicated. The state’s response is interagency and multi faceted, including prevention, treatment and recovery. This includes training current and future medical providers. We are working with all of the medical school deans to improve student education. We have published seven evidence-based specialty-specific opioid prescribing guidelines. This includes guidelines for obstetrics and gynecology providers and the treatment of substance use disorder in pregnant patients.We have also partnered with Pennsylvania Medical Society and other specialty organizations to produce continuing-education modules for medical professionals. All of the modules are free on the PA Medical Society website until the end of 2016. Starting this month, the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program will be available. This critical online tool will support clinicians in identifying patients who may be struggling from the disease of addiction and help connect them with treatment services.To save lives and give individuals a chance to get into treatment, the state is focused on increasing access to naloxone, a life-saving medication that can reverse the fatal effects of opioid overdose. In April 2015, I signed a standing order prescription that allowed first responders, like municipal police and fire departments, access to the medication. Since then, law enforcement has saved at least 1,200 lives with naloxone. Then, in October 2015, I signed a standing order prescription for the public. This allowed any Pennsylvanian to walk into a participating pharmacy and secure naloxone for themselves or a family member under my standing order prescription.Once reversed by naloxone, the patient must go to the emergency room and then be transferred to treatment. This process is called a warm handoff for treatment. The Wolf Administration is focused on increasing access to substance abuse treatment, with an emphasis on medication-assisted treatment. By October 1, 2016, 20 new Centers of Excellence will be available for Medicaid patients with substance use disorder.This crisis is complex and requires all hands on deck. The public are important partners in our response. For more information about this crisis and the state’s response, visit www.health.pa.gov. Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Auction clearance rate nosedives, with Brisbane lowest of capitals

first_imgBrisbane’s auction clearance rate from June 2015 to this past week. The clearance rate has nosedived to 30.7 per cent, its lowest level in two years. Picture: CoreLogicIt came as clearance rates across Australia’s capital cities continued to trend below 70 per cent, with preliminary results sitting at 69.1 per cent.Not only was the number of auctions across the capitals down (2,323 compared to 2,444 the previous week), but Mr Kusher expected auction success rates would also continue to fall as the financial year wound down.“With results still being collected, it is likely that the final clearance rate this week will revise even lower again.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoThe situation wasn’t as dire for Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and Perth, where the clearance rate for the week was higher than the same time the previous year, with Brisbane and Adelaide bearing the brunt of the drop-off. AUCTION CLEARANCE RATES (Week to Sunday June 25): Auctioneer Justin Marsden in action on Saturday at one of the few homes to sell under the hammer this past week – a three-bedroom home on a 933sq m block at 253 Fairfield Road, Fairfield. Picture: Adam HeadBRISBANE’S clearance rate has nosedived to its lowest level in years – after pulling the weakest weekly performance of all mainland capitals.The preliminary clearance rate for Brisbane plunged to 30.7 per cent, latest figures show, meaning less than one in three houses that went under the hammer was sold.And CoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher expected the figure to drop even further as more auction results were reported.“The preliminary clearance rate in Brisbane this week was 30.7 per cent, down from 46.4 per cent over the previous week. Auction volumes were lower this week with 129 auctions held, down from 151 last week. Meanwhile, across the Gold Coast, 31.8 per cent of the 22 reported auctions were successful.” Melbourne 71.9 per centSydney 73.1 per cent Brisbane 30.7 per cent (Gold Coast, 31.8 per cent) Adelaide 67.6 per centPerth 36 per centCanberra 73.9 per cent (Source: CoreLogic)last_img read more

Members of Congress Oppose Seismic Testing in Atlantic

first_imgCongressman John Rutherford, along with Congressman Don Beyer, led a bipartisan letter from more than 100 members of Congress to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke voicing concerns with a proposal to issue seismic testing permits for the Atlantic Ocean.In April, the Trump Administration announced that it is reevaluating opening the Outer Continental Shelf Planning Areas to oil and gas exploration and drilling, including off of the Atlantic Coast.Seismic testing, which is the prerequisite to opening the Atlantic to offshore drilling, poses a direct threat to the costal economies dependent on healthy ocean ecosystems for fishing, tourism, recreation, and the numerous businesses that rely on these industries.Congressman Rutherford said, “Traveling through my district I have heard from countless business owners and residents along the North Florida coasts who are concerned about the risks of seismic testing to our healthy ocean fisheries. While future offshore drilling activities in the Atlantic would put our communities at risk down the road, seismic testing threatens our fragile coastal economies today. Our coastal economy should not be put at undue risk at a time when our booming oil and gas production is more than enough to meet our current energy needs.”“Reps. Rutherford and Beyer should be applauded for their leadership in working to protect the Atlantic from loud and dangerous seismic airgun blasting,” said Nancy Pyne, campaign director at Oceana.“Seismic airguns create one of the loudest manmade noises in the ocean and are of special concern to marine life that depe nd on sound for communication and survival. Currently, 126 East Coast municipalities, more than 1,200 local, state and federal officials, and an alliance representing over 41,000 businesses and 500,200 fishing families from Florida to Maine, publicly oppose seismic airgun blasting and/or offshore drilling. The risk to marine life, coastal communities and economies is just too great,” she added.last_img read more

‘I could no longer breathe on my own’: striker reveals virus battle

first_img Loading… Former Drogheda United striker Lee Duffy has revealed the dire nature of his time battling against coronavirus, and hopes it will be a warning to those not taking it seriously. The 28-year-old had to spend eight days in hospital ‘hooked up to oxygen’ because he ‘could no longer breathe on his own.’ All Irish league games are currently suspended until at least April 4. ‘As some of you may or may not know, I tested positive for Covid-19 two weeks ago,’ Duffy said in a tweet. ‘I spent 8 days in hospital hooked up to oxygen as I could no longer breathe on my own, scared not knowing what was going to happen. Luckily I got through it and I’m starting to feel a lot better now. ‘My advice to everybody is to not take this lightly, it is very serious.’Advertisement Ireland has over 1,000 cases, with four deaths so far. People are being advised to work from home where possible and practice social distancing of two metres. Drogheda United striker Lee Duffy: I could no longer breath on my own In the UK, the government has said that it may be forced to take tougher action if the public does not follow current advice over self-isolating. Duffy has played for Drogheda United, Warrenpoint Town, Newry City, Longford Town, Wexford, and Shelbourne during his career. Apart from top flight leagues across the world being on suspension, dozens of players cutting across the leagues have either tested positive to the virus or are observing self-isolation because of the dreaded virus. Read AlsoCOVID-19: Ronaldo teaches his children how to properly wash their hands While end of April has tentatively been fixed as resumption date for most leagues, club managers have indicated that further extension may be announced should the virus continue its ravaging effect after beyond April. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon6 Most Unforgettable Bridges In The WorldWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

‘UPV constituents have right to self-expression’

first_imgThe nearly 18-minute video of theperformance showed the Skimmers tackling national issues such as the drug war,West Philippine Sea and human rights, among others. “While we may not all agree with oneanother in our ideas and modes of expression, I am personally committed todefend the rights to self-expression of all UPV constituents,” also stressedUPV chancellor Dr. Ricardo Babaran. ILOILO City – The Office of theChancellor of the University of the Philippines Visayas (UPV) reaffirmed thepremier state school’s commitment to promote and defend academic freedom andfreedom of speech. According to Babaran, UPV has remainedand shall always be true to its mandate of ensuring the safety and welfare ofall its constituents, especially the students. “Be very circumspect in issuingstatements in any platform which could have personal repercussions,” saidBabaran./PN Following the uploading of theperformance on social media, the Skimmers began receiving threats; they werealso red-tagged (linked to communist rebels). Pagbutlak, the official studentpublication of the UPV College of Arts and Sciences, also condemned the attackson Skimmers. The UPV University Student Council, ina statement along with local college councils and other student organizations,“condemned the blatant acts of harassment, targeting members of the Skimmers.” Babaran’s office issued an officialstatement regarding the viral video of a recent UPV cheering competition wherecontingent Skimmers – composed of students from the Division of Humanities,College of Arts and Sciences – had a satirical performance critical of theDuterte administration. The Chancellor added that he hadissued a memorandum encouraging everyone in UPV to exercise discretion andsobriety, especially on social media. But “because we have armed ourstudents with critical minds to speak, we trust them to fight their battles especiallyin social media wherever they are located in the social and politicalspectrum,” stressed Babaran. However, he emphasized that theircapacity for physical protection is limited within the campus only; it couldnot go beyond its boundaries. At one point, the Skimmers shouted,“Let’s kill this President…Charrrot!” to the delight of spectators.last_img read more

Price: Chapman Will Remain In Bullpen

first_imgReds Pitcher Aroldis Chapman will remain in the bullpen, Reds manager indicates.The Cincinnati Reds plan to keep Aroldis Chapman as their closer for the 2014 season.For the past couple of off-seasons, speculation has risen whether Chapman will be utilized from the bullpen or as a starting pitcher.“I am certainly a believer after one more year in the bullpen, Chapman is a really strong closer,” Reds Manager Bryan Price told WRBI.“My fear is that going into starting, that there would be a transition period on a team that is ready to win now,” Price added. “It changes the entire layout of our starting rotation and our bullpen.”Price, along with other club officials, traveled to Florida this week for the 2013 Winter Meetings.last_img read more

US Army to halt basic training

first_imgThe U.S Army says it will briefly stop sending new recruits to basic training in an effort to slowdown the occurrence of the coronavirus in the military.The announcement was made Monday despite the Pentagon’s fears that the decision could potentially affect their ability to field forces for months or even years to come.The decision comes after military officials came under criticism for their slow response to the coronavirus threat in the military and for not testing incoming troops and trainees.Gen. Paul Funk who is the Commander of the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, told reporters that the pause on new recruits would last two weeks. At that point, the decision will be reassessed and officials will determine whether to began sending the new recruits to basic training or to continue with the pause.“It’s actually going to be conditions-based,” Funk said. ” The first set is two weeks, and we’re  going to continue to assess the environment and go from there.”Funk also maintained that the pause would not affect soldiers already enrolled in the various levels of basic training. Drill instructors will continue to train those soldiers while initiating social distancing practices.Troops who then complete basic training will wait two weeks, in which time they will be monitored for symptoms before moving on to their next assignment.last_img read more

Russian inspectors likely to carry out doping tests of US athletes

first_imgSt Petersburg, May 16: The Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is currently in talks with the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on Russian experts’ participation in the collection of doping samples from American athletes.“We are now reaching an agreement with the American anti-doping agency on doping testing of US athletes. The USADA trust us,” RUSADA head Yury Ganus said in an interview with Tass news agency on Wednesday. “We (RUSADA) have been carrying out doping tests of Canadian ice hockey players and the international anti-doping society completely trusts us now,” he added.Ganus also said that over 90 percent of the personnel and one hundred percent of inspectors from the RUSADA were replaced in the course of a year and a half and the staff of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency currently works at the most important tournaments.The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Independent Commission carried out an investigation in 2015 in regard to the activities of the RUSADA, the All-Russia Athletics Federation (ARAF), the Moscow anti-doping laboratory and the Russian Sports Ministry, and announced the results of its probe on November 9 that year.The commission accused certain athletes and sports officials of doping abuse and involvement in other activities related to violations of international regulations on performance enhancing substances. The work of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory and RUSADA was eventually suspended.Since January 2016, the doping control in Russian sports has been exercised by RUSADA strictly under the supervision of the British anti-doping agency (UKAD).In June 2017, the WADA granted the Russian Anti-Doping Agency the right to planning and collection of doping samples under the supervision of Britain’s UKAD. (IANS)last_img read more

Holders Ivory Coast sent packing at Nations Cup

first_img(REUTERS) – Rachid Alioui scored a spectacular winner for Morocco to defeat holders Ivory Coast 1-0 and advance to the quarter-finals of the African Nations Cup finals at the expense of the defending champions yesterday.French-born Alioui netted from 35 metres to take coach Herve Renard’s side into the knockout stages and end the hopes of the country the latter led to the continental title two years ago in Equatorial Guinea.Morocco finished runners-up in Group C with six points, one behind pool winners the Democratic Republic of Congo. The fancied Ivorians, who managed just two goals and two points in their three matches in Gabon, had to settle for third.Ivory Coast joined two other high-profile first-round casualties already knocked out of the tournament, Algeria and hosts Gabon.It took 25 minutes for the first real threat to either goal and it was Morocco who went close as Faycal Fajr’s free kick had the beating of Ivory Coast keeper Sylvain Gbohouo but cannoned back off the crossbar.In a half of few chances, the next two fell the way of Ivory Coast and they should have profited from at least one of them.Veteran Salomon Kalou provided an excellent run and pass to former England international Wilfried Zaha in acres of space on the left-hand side of the box but the Crystal Palace winger’s shot was straight at the Moroccan keeper.A minute before the break, Wilfried Bony’s flick-on found Kalou at the back post but his header hit the woodwork and the chance was gone.The first 20 minutes of the second period saw the Ivorians have the majority of the possession but a swift break from Morocco led to substitute Alioui’s decisive moment.The 24-year-old, who plays for Nimes in the French second division, picked up the ball, spotted Gbohouo off his line and masterfully curled his shot into the top corner.The north African side soaked up some heavy Ivorian pressure after that but were able to comfortably see out the game to set up a quarter-final meeting on Sunday with the winners of Group D.That will be either Ghana or Egypt, who clash today in Port Gentil for top spot, with the former needing just a draw to secure the pool win.last_img read more