BLOG: Seven Steps the Wolf Administration is Taking to Fight Back Against Heroin

first_img By: Sophie Stone, Deputy Press Secretary Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog Governor Tom Wolf joined legislators, local leaders, and medical officials at the PA College of Technology today to discuss local and statewide efforts to lead the nation in combatting the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic in Pennsylvania.In an effort to confront this epidemic collaboratively, Governor Wolf is conducting roundtables statewide to discuss the initiatives of his administration, the state legislature, county agencies, treatment centers, hospitals, medical schools, and more.The magnitude of the addiction and overdose death epidemic in Pennsylvania is shocking: at least seven Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose.With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, a collaborative effort on the federal, state, and local levels is crucial in combating this crisis.Some of the administration’s plans and ideas for moving forward include:Continuing Medical Education:The Departments of Health (DOH), Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP), and State (DOS) have joined with the PA Medical Society to work on developing and offering continuing medical education (CME) credits for physicians on substance use disorders (SUD).The educational modules are broken into 4 sessions.Currently, modules on naloxone and prescribing guidelines are available on the PA Medical Society’s website. Still under development are modules on the ABC-MAP program and warm handoffs.Developing Substance Use Disorder Medical School Curricula:Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine and DDAP are working with the deans of Pennsylvania medical schools to incorporate SUD courses into their curricula required for graduation from the program.This effort was successfully accomplished in Massachusetts and has been advocated by the Obama Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services.Collaborating on Opioid Prescribing Guidelines:DOH and DDAP have been working collaboratively to create a set of specialized opioid prescribing guidelines in an effort to curtail the excess supply of drugs.The departments have completed multiple guidelines, including emergency department providers, chronic non-cancer pain, obstetrics and gynecology, pharmacists, geriatrics and dental pain.In development still are pediatrics, neurology and sports medicine.The departments are working to get the guidelines affirmed by the appropriate medical boards.Creating a Syringe Exchange Program:Syringe replacement programs can reduce the spread of disease and assist in connecting those with SUD with treatment professionals.In addition, these programs provide opportunities for program staff to share treatment options and assistance to intravenous drug users in a safe environment.Budgeting $34M for Opioid Use Disorder Centers of Excellence: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 (DHS) will provide 50 new Centers of Excellence for individuals with substance use disorder, providing medication-assisted treatment and appropriate wraparound services, such as cognitive-based therapies.Opioid Use Disorder Centers of Excellence will focus on whole-person care and will treat all of the health care needs of an individual through a collaborative approach that consists of physical and behavioral health care and links to appropriate community supports that can increase chances of recovery and reduce expensive health care costs.Increasing the Number of Providers in the Medicaid System:BHMCOs use local needs assessments in the development of new services, including the expansion of the provider networks and development of additional supplemental services to address the needs identified within the local community.DHS continues to use these local assessments to inform and pursue recruitment and retention of additional providers to meet the increasing needs of Pennsylvanians affected by the opioid epidemic.Developing the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP):Pennsylvania’s PDMP, implemented by DOH, is the Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions (ABC-MAP) program.Pharmacies and health care professionals who dispense certain controlled substances will be required to electronically report prescription dispensing information to the ABC-MAP system within 72-hours.ABC-MAP will aid regulatory and law enforcement agencies in detecting and preventing fraud and abuse, as well as, helping individuals with SUD get into treatment. BLOG: Seven Steps the Wolf Administration is Taking to Fight Back Against Heroin SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf April 28, 2016last_img read more

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COVID-19 infects 7 Negros Army soldiers from Cebu

first_imgThey subjected themselves to reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction testing after exhibiting flu-like symptoms upon arrival in Negros Oriental late last month. ILOILO City – At least seven soldiers in Negros Oriental tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). He added that the 33 remaining soldiers – currently isolated at a quarantine facility – underwent swab tests and they are waiting now for the results. Major Cenon Pancito III, “Ang kanilang kasamahan ay nasa isolation pa rin while waiting for the result of their swab testing,” the Army official said. “Our men risked their lives to help contain COVID-19. We are not happy about this news but as government forces, we have the mandate to serve and protect the people,” Pancito added./PNcenter_img The soldiers were deployed in Cebu last March to help implement the community quarantine measures in the island. Major Cenon Pancito III, spokesperson of the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Division (3ID), said these soldiers belong to the 302nd Infantry Brigade. They were among the 11 new cases in the province, he said. According to Pancito, they are currently isolated at their brigade’s headquarters at Camp Leon Kilat in Tanjay City. Pancito said these were the first COVID-19 cases in the 3ID.last_img read more

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MLB All-Star Game 2019: Finalists include frontrunners Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, Brewers’ Christian Yelich

first_imgNow, starting Wednesday, the next phase will begin and voters will choose the starting lineup for the AL and NL teams. Voting will end at 4 p.m. ET on Thursday.The winners will be announced later that night during the Google MLB All-Star Election Night at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Related News All-Star pitchers and reserves will be named Sunday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.Here’s the complete list of finalists for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game:First BaseAmerican LeagueC.J. Cron (Twins)Carlos Santana (Indians)Luke Voit (Yankees)National LeagueJosh Bell (Pirates)Freddie Freeman (Braves)Anthony Rizzo (Cubs)Second BaseALTommy La Stella (Angels)José Altuve (Astros)DJ LeMahieu (Yankees)NLOzzie Albies (Braves)Mike Moustakas (Brewers)Ketel Marte (D-backs)ShortstopALCarlos Correa (Astros)Jorge Polanco (Twins)Gleyber Torres (Yankees)NLJavier Báez (Cubs)Dansby Swanson (Braves)Trevor Story (Rockies)Third BaseALAlex Bregman (Astros)Hunter Dozier (Royals)Gio Urshela (Yankees)NLNolan Arenado (Rockies)Kris Bryant (Cubs)Josh Donaldson (Braves) OutfieldALMookie Betts (Red Sox)Michael Brantley (Astros)Joey Gallo (Rangers)Aaron Judge (Yankees)Austin Meadows (Rays)Josh Reddick (Astros)Eddie Rosario (Twins)George Springer (Astros)Mike Trout (Angels)NLRonald Acuna Jr. (Braves)Albert Almora Jr. (Cubs)Cody Bellinger (Dodgers)Charlie Blackmon (Rockies)Jason Heyward (Cubs)Nick Markakis (Braves)Joc Pederson (Dodgers)Kyle Schwarber (Cubs)Christian Yelich (Brewers) 2019 MLB All-Star Game voting update: Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, Brewers’ Christian Yelich lead the way The picks are in.The primary voting phase for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game is over and the finalists were revealed Friday, which included the top three vote-getters at each position and nine outfielders for both the American and National League.last_img read more

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