Wolf Administration Officials Visit York Hospital to Discuss How a “Warm Handoff” from Opioid Overdose into Addiction Treatment is Crucial for Recovery

first_imgWolf Administration Officials Visit York Hospital to Discuss How a “Warm Handoff” from Opioid Overdose into Addiction Treatment is Crucial for Recovery Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety,  Substance Use Disorder York, PA – Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine and Acting Secretary of Drug and Alcohol Programs Jennifer Smith today discussed Governor Wolf’s efforts to battle the opioid epidemic during a visit to WellSpan York Hospital. The event highlighted the importance of the “warm handoff” protocol in getting opioid overdose survivors from the emergency room directly into treatment for addiction.“Governor Wolf and his entire administration know that people who suffer from the disease of addiction deserve the opportunity to recover from their medical condition,” said Dr. Levine. “A warm handoff into drug treatment after an overdose is an essential step on the road to recovery from addiction. I applaud WellSpan York Hospital for creating a warm handoff program that saves lives in the local community.”The warm handoff protocol was developed by the departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs in conjunction with the Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians. The procedure is recommended for use by emergency room physicians and other health care professionals caring for overdose patients.“We want to get people who have suffered overdoses directly into treatment,” said Acting Secretary Smith. “We know that the best time to talk about treatment to those who suffer from substance use disorders is after an overdose or other traumatic incident.”The Wolf Administration released warm handoff guidance to emergency room doctors and health care professionals throughout the commonwealth to encourage its use when helping those suffering from substance use disorder. The Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs requires county drug and alcohol agencies to set up procedures to facilitate the warm handoff process.Governor Wolf holds the fight against heroin and prescription opioids as a top priority.  To continue the battle against the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf included the following proposals in his 2017-18 budget:Expanding access to life-saving naloxone by providing $10 million through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to first responders and law enforcement across the state;Maximizing federal Cures Act funding, which includes $26.5 million in each of the next two years for Pennsylvania, to expand access to treatment services, particularly for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured; andProviding $3.4 million to expand specialty drug courts to expand treatment strategies that divert offenders into more meaningful treatment and recovery.Some of the administration’s other initiatives to fight the opioid epidemic include:Strengthening the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) so that doctors are required and able to check the system each time they prescribe opioids;Forming new prescribing guidelines to help doctors, including geriatricians, who provide opioid prescriptions to their patients;Educating and encouraging seniors to properly use, store and dispose of unused prescription medications through Drug Take-Back initiatives;Increasing the availability of naloxone;Establishing a new law limiting the amount of opioids that can be prescribed to a minor to seven days; andDesignating 45 Centers of Excellence, central hubs that provide navigators to assist those with opioid use disorders with behavioral and physical health care, along with medication-assisted treatment, as needed.If you or someone you know is suffering from the disease of addiction, call 1-800-662-HELP or visit www.pa.gov/opioids for treatment options. March 28, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Arsenal held by Palace as Emery’s problems increase

first_imgIt seemed Arsenal might lift the gloom from their depressing trip to Bramall Lane when they opened the scoring in the seventh minute.When Wayne Hennessey and Gary Cahill made a hash of heading clear from Nicolas Pepe’s corner, Xhaka nodded the ball down for Sokratis to fire home through a crowd of players for his first goal since April. David Luiz scored but Arsenal were still heldLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Unai Emery’s problems mounted as Arsenal blew a two-goal lead amid VAR controversy and captain Granit Xhaka feuded with fans in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace.Emery was already under pressure after Arsenal slumped to a shock defeat at Sheffield United on Monday and the Gunners boss has more fires to put out following his side’s dismal capitulation at the Emirates Stadium.Arsenal were on course for victory after goals from Sokratis and David Luiz put them two up inside 10 minutes.But Luka Milivojevic started the Arsenal collapse when he converted a penalty awarded by VAR after Wilfried Zaha was initially booked for diving.Emery’s team faded in familiar fashion after that and Jordan Ayew bagged Palace’s deserved equaliser before Arsenal had a late Sokratis winner disallowed by VAR.Fifth-placed Arsenal, four points behind fourth-placed Chelsea, have won just two of their last eight Premier League games and there is a growing sense that all is not well with the club.Xhaka’s remarkable bust-up with the crowd laid bare the simmering tensions.When Xhaka was replaced by Bukayo Saka, the disliked Swiss midfielder trudged slowly to the touchline while petulantly gesticulating to the fans who had cheered his substitution and were now angrily urging him to get off the pitch quicker.Xhaka’s incredible tantrum climaxed when he ripped off his shirt and stormed straight down the tunnel to more derision from the stands.The match finished to a soundtrack of boos from Arsenal supporters who sang Mesut Ozil’s name in a pointed reference to Emery’s decision to once again leave out the German star. – Arsenal storm –Goals from set-pieces are something of a rarity for Arsenal, while Palace hadn’t conceded one from that route all season.But just two minutes later Arsenal netted again from another corner.Pepe’s delivery was glanced on by Alexandre Lacazette and, with the Palace defence slow to react, Luiz pounced with a tap-in at the far post.Lacazette nearly made it three when he controlled Kieran Tierney’s cross and swivelled for a low shot that forced Hennessey to save at full stretch.Zaha responded in the 32nd minute as the Ivory Coast winger showed why Arsenal tried to sign him in the close-season before switching their attentions to his compatriot Pepe.When Zaha tricked his way past Calum Chambers in the Arsenal area, the defender clearly stuck out a leg and tripped the Palace star.Martin Atkinson thought otherwise and booked Zaha for diving, but justice was done when a VAR review reversed the referee’s decision, awarding a spot-kick that Milivojevic stroked home with ease.Pepe went close from the edge of the area, but Palace were looking more menacing and Patrick van Aanholt’s stinging drive drew a good save from Bernd Leno.With Arsenal creaky at the back, it was little surprise that Palace equalised in the 52nd minute.Pepe complained he was fouled by Van Aanholt in the build-up, but Arsenal still had plenty of time to stop James McArthur lofting a cross towards Ayew, who peeled away from the dozing Luiz to head home.Arsenal tried to quell the storm after Xhaka’s bizarre exit, but Lacazette’s thudding effort rattled the woodwork.Sokratis thought he had won it from close-range in the 83rd minute after Lacazette flicked on Pepe’s corner.But for the second time in the match, VAR went against Arsenal as the goal was ruled out for Chambers’ foul on Milivojevic.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Pitt wins ACC tourney debut, 84-55 over Wake

first_imgWake Forest’s Codi Miller-McIntyre (0) shoots over Pittsburgh’s Lamar Patterson (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, March 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – The foundation of Pittsburgh’s NCAA tournament resume has been its lack of bad losses.The Panthers weren’t about to get one in their first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament game.Pitt routed Wake Forest 84-55 on Thursday in the second round of the ACC tournament behind 24 points from Lamar Patterson.Talib Zanna added 17 points to help the fifth-seeded Panthers (24-8) win their ACC tournament debut with ease.“The message I was giving to our players is how well we have played on the road, and now we’re going to be playing on the road the rest of the way in our minds,” coach Jamie Dixon said. “So that’s what we’ve turned it into.”They never trailed, shot 50 percent and established a 38-30 rebounding advantage while giving Wake Forest one of the most lopsided ACC tournament losses in school history.In beating Wake Forest for the second time this season, Pitt claimed just its second conference tournament victory in any league since 2008 and matched a school record for its most lopsided win in a league tournament.Pitt also beat Rhode Island by 29 points in the 1981 Eastern 8 tournament – the forerunner of the Atlantic-10.“We’re playing our best basketball,” Dixon said.The Panthers will play No. 15 North Carolina, the tournament’s fourth seed, in a quarterfinal Friday.Coron Williams scored 16 points and Codi Miller-McIntyre added 10 for the 12th-seeded Demon Deacons (17-16). They followed their best shooting performance of the year – a 61 percent showing against Notre Dame in the first round – with a dud.“We just couldn’t stop them,” coach Jeff Bzdelik said. “And the inability to make some shots and to score, we just lost some confidence. We’ve been fragile with that throughout the course of the year at times (and) you got the score you got.”The only drama in the second half was whether Wake Forest would wind up with its worst-ever ACC tournament loss – a distinction that still belongs to the 1966 team that lost its opener by 30 to Duke.Josh Newkirk added 10 points for the Panthers, who went one-and-done in four of their final five trips to the Big East tournament before coming into the ACC this year along with Syracuse and Notre Dame.Their first regular season in their new league ended with a decent amount of stress: Four of the Panthers’ previous five victories went to overtime, and until now, they hadn’t had the luxury of coasting since they beat Clemson by 33 on Jan. 21.“We won convincingly – that’s how we want to win every game, but it’s not possible in basketball,” Patterson said. “So we’ll just take this momentum and get ready for tomorrow.”Part of the reason this one was so easy was because Pitt completely neutralized Wake Forest big man Devin Thomas.Thomas was coming off a 19-point, 10-rebound effort against the Fighting Irish, but he finished this one with eight points and six rebounds before fouling out against a Pitt team that had allowed only two double-figure rebounders in its previous seven games.The Demon Deacons were 6-1 this season when Thomas had at least 10 rebounds.“We wanted to keep the ball out of his hands, (and) when he did get it, make it tough for him to play,” Dixon said of Thomas.The strength of Pitt’s postseason resume has been its ability to avoid those confounding losses – the worst teams to beat the Panthers have been Florida State and N.C. State, both of which are well above .500 – and being beaten by the Demon Deacons certainly would have qualified as one.But at no point during this game did that seem like a possibility.The Panthers set the tone early by scoring on eight of their first nine possessions and needing only about 5½ minutes to push their lead into double figures. Pitt went up 39-23 on Zanna’s three-point play with 34.4 seconds left in the half and pulled away in the second half.“They hit us right between the eyes,” Bzdelik said, “and we were on our heels throughout the entire game.”___Follow Joedy McCreary on Twitter at http://twitter.com/joedyaplast_img read more