Empowering Health Care Professionals to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

first_img August 25, 2016 Today, Governor Wolf and Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy are launching Pennsylvania’s newly redesigned Prescription Drug Monitoring Program that will help combat prescription drug abuse, protect patients, and save lives by allowing doctors to view patients’ medication histories before issuing new prescriptions for controlled substances. You can watch the live announcement today at 2:00pm: governor.pa.gov/live.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Empowering Health Care Professionals to Combat the Opioid Epidemic SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog The drug overdose epidemic is sweeping the nation and tearing families and communities apart. The United States is in the midst of a prescription drug abuse epidemic as addiction, overdoses, and deaths associated with non-medical drug use have risen dramatically over the last decade. Like the nation, Pennsylvania is in the grips of an unprecedented drug abuse and overdose epidemic.Each day, at least ten Pennsylvanians die of opioid or heroin overdose. In 2015, more than 3,500 Pennsylvanians died from drug overdoses. Behind these startling figures is the fact that this epidemic is killing our loved ones at an alarming rate. The problem can largely be attributed to the rapid rise in the abuse of opioids, including both prescription pain relievers and heroin.In an effort to empower medical professionals to identify patients struggling with addictions, the Wolf Administration is launching a new Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP).PDMPs are one of the most promising tools to improve prescribing, combat abuse, protect patients, and save lives. Since the 1970’s, Pennsylvania has had a prescription drug monitoring program, however it’s been run by the Attorney General’s Office and only available to law enforcement. The new program will be run by the Department of Health (DOH) and will now be open to doctors and pharmacists as well.The new system will allow doctors to view patients’ medication histories and be better informed before issuing new prescriptions for controlled substances. Health care professionals will now be able to check if their patient recently had a prescription filled from other providers. The system will help physicians recognize potentially inappropriate medication use. PA PDMP will work to prevent substance abuse before it starts and help primary physicians identify patients who should be referred to specialized drug and alcohol treatment programs in what is known as a “warm handoff.”Through DOH, health care professionals are being trained in warm handoffs, in which doctors learn how to provide facilitated referrals that support individuals with a substance use disorder (SUD) and increase the odds of a successful recovery.By using the new PA PDMP system, health care professionals will play a key role in reducing opioid abuse and overdoses. Physicians, dentists, and providers licensed to prescribe scheduled drugs are required by the law to register in the system. The PA PDMP web portal, PMP AWARxE is now open for registration, with tutorial resources available at www.doh.pa.gov/PDMP to assist with getting started. Effective today, the system will be fully operational and physicians, pharmacists or their delegates will be able to access necessary information to prescribe painkillers safely.The opioid epidemic is one of the worst public health crises Pennsylvania has ever seen – but it doesn’t have to stay this way. Physicians and pharmacists can help save thousands of Pennsylvanians from drug abuse and work to battle this epidemic by checking the system before dispensing a controlled substance every time. Regular use of the PDMP will give health care professionals access to critical information to identify warning signs of substance use disorder and empower them to increase the quality of patient care by making sure all patients have access to safe, effective pain management.As the Secretary of Health, I urge all physicians and pharmacists to not only register for the PDMP, but also to use the system to make more informed prescribing decisions. The most important aspect of the PDMP is to identify those that need help fighting the addiction. It is critically important that all health care prescribers utilize the PDMP in order to facilitate the treatment for patients suffering from substance abuse.Addictions are taking a tremendous toll on families throughout the commonwealth every day. By working together, we can reverse the trend of increasing overdose deaths and fight back against addiction. By: Karen Murphy, Secretary of Health   SHARE  TWEETlast_img read more

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Statoil Picks Sembcorp Marine for FPSO Construction

first_imgStatoil has signed a letter of intent with Sembcorp Marine Rigs & Floaters in Singapore for the construction of the hull and integrated living quarters for the floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel that will be located on the Johan Castberg field in the Barents Sea.The company said that the shipbuilding contract is intended to be signed at the final investment decision scheduled before Christmas.The contract, worth NOK 4 billion (USD 490 million), covers engineering, procurement and construction.The contract was won through international competitive bidding, which did not include Norwegian bids, Statoil said.“We will be working closely with Sembcorp Marine to ensure safe and efficient delivery based on our requirements for HSE, quality, time and cost. The remaining procurement work will be progressed in parallel with this,” says Statoil’s Chief Procurement Officer, Pål Eitrheim. The company further pointed out that the construction of the hull is the most time-critical delivery for the completion of the Johan Castberg project for the scheduled start-up in 2022. The contract will have a separate cancellation clause linked to the approval of the plan for development and operation (PDO).“Johan Castberg is the next major field development on the Norwegian continental shelf and important to future infrastructure in the Barents Sea. Analyses from Agenda Kaupang show that the project will generate some 47,000 man-years of employment in Norway in the development phase from 2018-2022 given a competitive Norwegian supply industry,” says Torger Rød, Statoil’s Senior Vice President for Project Development.last_img read more

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Intervention in Libya an excuse to plunder resources, says Cuba

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Intervention in Libya an excuse to plunder resources, says Cuba by: – September 28, 2011 Sharecenter_img 9 Views   no discussions Cuba’s foreign minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla. Image via: juventudrebelde.cuNEW YORK, USA — A “preventive war” is taking place in Libya using the protection of civilians as a pretext to plunder the country’s resources, Cuba’s foreign minister told the General Assembly’s annual general debate on Monday, calling for Libyans to be left alone to decide their destiny.“The United States and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), supposedly to avoid a massacre, launched a military attack against a sovereign state without there being any threat to international peace and security, and unleashed a ‘change of regime’ operation,” Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla said.Stressing the importance of Libya’s independence and sovereignty, he said its people should be allowed to decide what kind of rule they want without any foreign intervention. Rodríguez noted that the former Cuban president Fidel Castro had warned about NATO’s intention to intervene in Libya as early as February and said that since then Cuba has defended not a particular government but the principle that “the assassination of thousands of innocent people with the dubious objective of protecting other civilians is something unacceptable.”After forces supporting then leader Muammar al-Qadhafi cracked down against a popular uprising, the Security Council authorized member states in March to take “all necessary measures” to protect civilians.Members of NATO subsequently carried out air strikes and, following months of fighting between pro-Qadhafi forces and rebels, the National Transitional Council (NTC) has recently assumed authority over the country.But Rodríguez said: “The military intervention in Libya and the growing threat against Syria have been the opportunistic and defensive responses given by the United States and Europe to the collapse of their system of domination and plunder in Northern Africa and the Middle East, the emergence of genuinely popular movements in Tunisia, Egypt and other countries, in order to secure huge reserves of oil and water and confiscate financial assets in times of global economic and social crisis.”“In this war, waged with the most advanced and lethal military technologies, the means of communication have been used as combat weapons by the financial and media emporiums which are profiteering from the war and the reconstruction operations as if they were anti-crisis instruments,” Rodríguez said.He warned against any intervention in Syria, where authorities stand accused of committing serious human rights abuses while cracking down on a similar pro-democracy movement.“It is the task of this General Assembly to exercise its powers to prevent a military aggression against Syria. The public opinion should receive objective information and speak up against the war.”During his address, Rodríguez also spoke of the negative effects of the long-standing United States economic, commercial and financial embargo on his country.“The economic, commercial and financial blockade against Cuba has been tightened and the damages it has caused have totalled $975 billion according to the present gold price,” he said, while reiterating his country’s willingness to normalize relations with the US. Caribbean News Now Tweetlast_img read more

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‘Negligence’ seen in Boracay dragon boat training mishap

first_imgMeanwhile, PBA president Mark AeronSambar said the incident should trigger action from the Philippine SportsCommission (PSC) to be more persistent in requiring National SportsAssociations (NSAs) to regularly conduct risk assessment and strictly practiceall the needed safety protocols during training and during actual competition. “We condole with the athletes andtheir families. Let this incident be a wakeup call to all coaches that deathand injury can occur for any sport and proper precautions must be followed,”Nograles said. “It is clear under our penal laws thatany person who, by simple imprudence or negligence, shall commit an act whichwould otherwise constitute a grave felony, shall suffer the penalty of arresto mayor in its medium and maximumperiods and  if it constituted a less serious felony, the penalty of arresto mayor in its minimum periodshall be imposed,’” he said./PN There is negligence for allowing thepaddlers to go out on training without wearing the required safety equipmentparticularly their life vests, he stressed. BORACAY – The Puwersa ng BayaningAtleta (PBA) party-list has condemned what it believed was the “unmistakablenegligence” of the management of the Boracay Dragon Force (BDF) in the death ofseven of its athletes when their boat capsized while training. “The fact that dragon boat athleteswere not trained to swim or had no safety devices can constitute negligence,”added Nograles.center_img PBA’sRep. Jericho Nograles said thatfor one, it did not make any sense for a dragon boat team like the BDF to beunprepared for that emergency situation. A report from the Local Disaster RiskReduction and Management Office in the island stated that the drowning victimswere not wearing life vests and one of them did not know how to swim. Nograles pointed to Article 365 of theRevised Penal Code. “It should be expected that boats cancapsize or things can go wrong during training especially in the open sea whereconditions can change anytime. From what I have been told, it turns out thatone of the fatalities does not know how to swim. How can that even happen?”Nograles said.last_img read more

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Brian Hoeing

first_imgI hope you saw the Indianapolis Star on Brian Hoeing. The Batesville High School junior had quite a summer in baseball. He played for the elite Indiana Bulls 16 and under league. Brian was also chosen for two prestigious tournaments, one of which occurred in New York just before school started. Brian now has the dilemma of what he is going to do after high school. Don’t you wish you had this problem as a high school junior? He is being recruited for D1 basketball and D1 in baseball. It is almost impossible for someone–even as intelligent as Brian–to do two sports in the same year at the college level. The last thing you want to do is let your GPA drop below 2.5 and run the danger of losing a scholarship. I am sure that with the help of his mom and other advisors, Brian will make the right choice. One thing is for certain, he will be highly rewarded no matter which sport he chooses. Good luck in 2013-14, Brian!last_img read more

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Boys & Girls High School Basketball Scores (12-21)

first_imgWRBI Area High School Basketball Scores.Boys Basketball  (12-21)Batesville  65     East Central  40Jac-Cen-Del  64     Rising Sun  46Milan  60     Waldron  50Harrison  46     Lawrenceburg  39Pendleton Heights  65     Rushville  58Knightstown  46     Southwestern Shelby  26Henryville  58     Southwestern Hanover  42Christian Academy  65     Switzerland County  41Eastern Hancock  63     Cambridge City Lincoln  58Jennings County  68     Seymour  57Madison  74     Austin  58Girls Basketball  (12-21)Jac-Cen-Del  65     South Decatur  39Connersville  40     South Dearborn  37North Decatur  54     Switzerland County  31Rushville  74     Lawrenceburg  25Shelbyville  63     Waldron  26Union County  52     Winchester  30last_img read more

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Area Football Friday Scores (10-13)

first_imgArea Football Friday Scores.Week #9  (10-13)Batesville  47     Connersville  7Indy Chatard  31     East Central  14Milan  67     Switz. County  0Harrison  56     Franklin County  20North Decatur  61     Oldenburg  0Greensburg  43     Rushville  20Sheridan  55     South Decatur  13Lawrenceburg  69     South Dearborn  0Union County  46     Tri  40  (OT)Jeffersonville  63     Jennings County  40Seymour  21     Madison  12last_img

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Special Olympics Fire Truck Pull Results

first_imgSpecial Olympics Indiana Ripley Ohio Dearborn held their annual Fire Truck Pull at Downtown Lawrenceburg on Saturday, August 18th.Fastest Pull Competition1. Aurora Recreation Community Center 15.30 seconds (Members and National Guard)2. Team Drew 16.24 seconds (SO Athlete, Drew Schnebelt, Family and Friends)3. Whiskey City Roper Burners 16.71 (L’burg city employees and area firefighters)High School Challenge – South Ripley High SchoolLightest Combined Weight Competiton1. Team Aaron  1,355.4 pounds (SO Athlete Aaron Russell, family and friends)(Teams attempt to pull with the least number of members, anyone on the rope pulling is weighed, weights are added together to determine the winner)Current gross funds raised is approximately $22,000Team Drew – raised the most money as a team $6,751Chris Powell – raised the most money as an individual $3,000 (Team Drew)Drew Schnebelt – raised the most money as a Special Olympics Athlete $1,280Courtesy of Special Olympics Ripley Oiho Dearborn Delegation Coordinator Greg Townsend.last_img read more

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Quality of weekly competition helps top rookie Burkham hone Sprint skills

first_imgCasey Burkham earned national IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car rookie of the year honors in 2018. At right is IMCA President Brett Root. (Photo by Bruce Badgley, Motorsports Photography)COMBINE, Texas – Casey Burkham spent his first IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car season racing with the eventual national champion.He believes those regular Friday and Saturday night tussles with Kevin Ramey made him a better driver and as a result the national Sprint Car rookie of the year.“RaceSaver Sprint Cars are a very competitive division and I got to learn racing with Kevin and a lot of other good drivers here in Texas”, said Burkham, 17 years old and from Combine. “Then we went to Eagle for the RaceSaver Nationals and I ran second to him in the opening night qualifier. I told him I was going to beat him someday.”Burkham started racing in a restrictor mini sprint class, then got a couple 360 starts in before seat­ing up in the 305.“We learned a lot this year. We were hoping to get maybe a top three so getting our first win (on May 12 at Kennedale Speedway Park) was really exciting,” he said. “That race was just meant for us to win. Our setup and the track conditions were perfect.”Chassis builder Brian Schnee, shock builder Jason Martin and Mike Long provided technical sup­port throughout the season. Defending race winner Martin was also among Burkham’s competi­tion at the RaceSaver Nationals.“Our main goal at RaceSaver Nationals was to make the main event. It was neat to race with Kevin and Jason and then start between them on the front row,” he said. “Getting to race against so many of the best RaceSaver drivers in the country was awesome.”Third in point standings at RPM, Burkham ended with seven top five finishes in 23 starts.“We had some ups and downs for sure. There were some rough nights but we always found the positives and did the best we could to be ready for the next weekend,” said Burkham, who gradu­ated from high school early and works for his family’s construction business. “Racing has been in my family forever. It’s pretty cool to be able to do it with the help of family and friends.”Wins-1                    Top Five Finishes-7           Starts-23 HIS CREW: Father David and uncle Jeff.HIS SPONSORS: Burkham Contracting and Jerry Armitage and Utility Trailers, both of Seago­ville.last_img read more

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Alacaraz out for up to five weeks

first_img Press Association Everton boss Roberto Martinez has revealed Antolin Alcaraz is set to be out for a maximum of five weeks after it was decided the Toffees defender does not require shoulder surgery. Meanwhile, winger Kevin Mirallas is expected to be back in action after his hamstring injury in “two or three weeks”. Martinez said: “The international break is going to be a great period (in terms of recovery) for Kevin. “He is working really well, has stepped up his work and it is probably going to be a case of maybe two or three weeks.” Alcaraz dislocated his shoulder in last Saturday’s 0-0 Barclays Premier League home draw with Swansea. And earlier this week Martinez said, depending on whether or not the 32-year-old Paraguayan underwent an operation, he could be facing between six and 12 weeks on the sidelines. But, providing an update on Friday ahead of Sunday’s league trip to Sunderland, the manager said: “We decided not to go through surgery. “I think the specialist feels that is the best way to approach the injury, which is great news – it reduces the period that Antolin is going to be out for. “We will find out over the next few days how he responds, but probably now we are talking three, four, five weeks maximum, which is fantastic news given what we feared earlier.” Martinez also said Everton full-back Seamus Coleman was a doubt for Sunday’s match after he suffered a cut to his Achilles tendon in the Swansea game that required stitches. Coleman was not part of the squad for Thursday’s 3-0 home Europa League victory over Lille, during which the Toffees suffered another injury setback. Midfielder Gareth Barry came off with an ankle problem and cut shin, and he will also be assessed prior to the Sunderland contest. Martinez said: “This morning Gareth had a really long cut on his shin, but that is nothing to really worry about – the only worry is the ankle. “He took a massive knock and we need to give it probably another 24 hours.” last_img read more

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