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

Construction of 2.7-km Janiuay concrete mountain road starts

first_imgThe project, which costs P17 million,is part of the Forestland Management Project of the DENR which is funded by theJapanese government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The Quipot-Barasalon pathway has awidth of 1.25 meters and its contractor Micro Asia Builders Corporation istasked to finish the project within 270 days. Defensor, along with 3rd District’sCong. Lorenz Defensor, Provincial Board members Matt Palabrica and JasonGonzales and the municipal officials of Janiuay led by Mayor BienvenidoMargarico graced the groundbreaking in Barangay Quipot. ILOILO – Residents of the mountainousbarangays of Quipot and Barasalon in Janiuay town are happy that their dream ofhaving a concrete access road will soon become a reality. DENR-PENRO chief Raul Lorilla said themunicipality of Janiuay will receive a total of PhP168,750,870 under the FMP’sAgroforestry Support Facilities. It was conceptualized during the timeof Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. He signed a Memorandum of Agreement with DENR toimplement the FMP in the municipalities of Janiuay, Lambunao and Calinog. On Feb. 13 the Provincial Environmentand Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of the Department of Environment andNatural Resources (DENR) led the groundbreaking ceremony for the constructionof the 2.74-kilometer concrete pathway from Barangay Quipot to BarangayBarasalon.center_img FMP aims to rehabilitate the denudedforestlands of Jalaur River Basin and at the same time support the communitythrough Agroforestry Support Facilities such as concrete pathways, irrigationpipeline systems, concrete bridge and hanging bridges. Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. told thepeople of barangays Quipot and Barasalon the concrete road will not only givethem ease of travel but also uplift their living conditions as it would openlivelihood and economic opportunities. Congressman Defensor vowed to helpprovide electrical posts to energize areas in the two barangays that are notyet reached by electric power. He also said the provincial governmentis thinking of more long-term projects that could benefit the upland barangaysnot only in Janiuay but also in other parts of the province. Aside from the P17 millionQuipot-Barasalon pathway, the other projects that will be implemented are:Construction of Aglobong Irrigation and Pipeline System (P24.4 million),Construction of Atimonan Irrigation and Pipeline System (P9 million),Construction of Barasalon Hanging Bridge-1st Unit (P12.3 million), Constructionof Barasalon Hanging Bridge-2nd Unit (P7.2 million), Atimonan-Aglobong-Panuranpathway (P41.3 million), Barasalon-Canauilian pathway (P20.8 million), andPanuran-Sitio Aguilan-Tabulwang Access Road (P46.4 million), among others. (ECGarcia, Capitol News/PN)last_img read more

Dad talks up Konoplyanka deal

first_img Press Association “Hopefully we can have a major signing before the window shuts and if we can do that we will be set up for the remaining games.” It was felt Liverpool needed greater reinforcements towards the back end of the team with four defenders – Daniel Agger, Jose Enrique, Mamadou Sakho and Glen Johnson – and defensive midfielder Lucas Leiva all currently out injured. However, having kept a second successive clean sheet, centre-back Martin Skrtel believes they are strong enough defensively to cope with injuries. “We have been working every single day on the training pitch to try to improve our defence,” he said. “It’s not only about the keeper or the back four, it’s about the whole team defending better. Last night was a big step forward. “It’s always nice to keep a clean sheet but the most important thing is always to win. I would rather we won 6-4 than drew 0-0. “With the FA Cup win (against Bournemouth), too, that’s two clean sheets in a row and hopefully we can make it three at West Brom on Sunday. “If we keep performing like that then we can finish in the top four. “There is a four-point difference between us and Everton now, and there aren’t too many games left to be played before the end of the season.” With Lucas out for probably another six weeks, Steven Gerrard has been asked to play as the deep-lying midfielder and he put in a masterclass against the Toffees, leading from the front to score the opening goal. “His influence in these games has been wonderful but it was equally as good (on Tuesday) albeit from that deeper position,” he said. “You saw his responsibility in the role, organising the team on the field and scoring a goal.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez knows he has to pick his side up from a demoralising defeat. “Unfortunately for us it is a performance which came at the wrong time. We need to get everyone back and fully match-fit,” said the Spaniard after fielding the likes of Antolin Alcaraz, Steven Pienaar and Ross Barkley who were clearly not ready after several weeks out. “You shouldn’t be too negative about what effect it is going to have in the games ahead of us. “It is the opposite, it is a real test to regroup together and get ready for Saturday. “I never thought the result would give a clear indication of what is going to happen in May, the same way we could’ve won and still not qualify (for the Champions League).” There were reported incidents of coins being thrown at striker Luis Suarez during the derby at Anfield and Merseyside Police confirmed they were investigating and had requested CCTV footage. The Football Association is aware and will contact both Liverpool and Everton for their observations but it is a matter the governing body will leave in the hands of the police and both clubs. Contrary to reports, the Reds head of recruitment Dave Fallows has not travelled out to Dnipropetrovsk and managing director Ian Ayre is believed to be handling negotiations, although not in Ukraine. However, with less than two days remaining in the January transfer window, it may prove a task too far to push through a deal which would likely cost Liverpool £16million. The Reds have been given some hope it remains a possibility after the Ukraine international’s father Oleg said there was a potential deal in the offing. “I do not want to say specifically but the information about a transfer to the English club is true,” he told Ukrainian media outlet Tribuna. “He can change club later this week. We do not consider offers from Ukraine.” Having lost out on long-term target Mohamed Salah after the Egypt international opted for Chelsea, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers said he was still keen to make an addition before Friday’s deadline. There has been growing discontent among fans that no progress was being made to strengthen a squad which is severely depleted by injuries despite being in a battle to secure a top-four finish. “I think we will hopefully do something over the next couple of days,” said Rodgers after beating Everton 4-0 in Tuesday’s 222nd Merseyside derby to maintain their grip on fourth place in the Premier League. Press Association Sport understands the club are in conversation with their Ukrainian counterparts to ascertain whether a deal can be done this month. Sources have said Liverpool are “testing the water” to see if Dnipro are willing to sell now as the 24-year-old winger was initially identified as a summer target. Liverpool are holding talks with Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk over the potential signing of winger Yevhen Konoplyanka.last_img read more