Governor Wolf Lauds New Prescription Drug Monitoring Program as Important Weapon in Fight Against Pennsylvania’s Opioid Crisis

first_img August 25, 2016 Governor Wolf Lauds New Prescription Drug Monitoring Program as Important Weapon in Fight Against Pennsylvania’s Opioid Crisis SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Results,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania’s newly redesigned Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) is fully operational and will serve as an important tool to help curb the prescription opioid and heroin public health crisis in the commonwealth.“More than 3,500 Pennsylvanians died last year from drug overdose – that’s an astonishing ten deaths each day,” said Governor Wolf. “The PDMP allows prescribers and dispensers to query and report information regarding the number of opioids prescribed, and to whom. This program enables health care professionals to address potentially fatal drug abuse and provide improved and streamlined care to their patients.”Since the 1970s, 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 and will now be open to licensed health professionals.The PDMP online database allows prescribers and dispensers of controlled substances to monitor who is obtaining opioids, who prescriptions are being obtained from, and how often they are prescribed. 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.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.“The Wolf Administration has launched the new PDMP to empower medical professionals to not only identify patients struggling with addictions, but to prevent substance abuse before it starts,” said Secretary of Health Dr. Karen Murphy. “Pennsylvania is in the grips of an opioid abuse crisis and the PDMP will help us work together to fight against addiction and reverse this deadly trend. The Department of Health is proud to oversee this outstanding program that will improve prescribing habits, combat abuse, protect patients and save lives.”By using the new 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.To learn more about the PA PDMP, register for the PDMP AWARxE, or view tutorial resources available about the new program, please visit www.doh.pa.gov/PDMP.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Jol considers move for Ajax striker

first_imgFulham manager Martin Jol has confirmed his interest in Ajax’s former Tottenham striker Mounir El Hamdaoui.Jol has signed the player twice before – first for Spurs and then Ajax – and believes he could make an impact in the Premier League if given another opportunity.El Hamdaoui, 27, is out of favour at his current club and failed to make an impact after joining Tottenham six years ago.AdChoices广告But Jol told Dutch magazine NU Sport: “It’s not unthinkable for me to sign Mounir. He is incredibly honest and amazingly direct. He could be a pleasant surprise.”Jol is keen to add to his limited attacking options and recently had a bid for former England Under-21 international Cameron Jerome rejected by Birmingham.Meanwhile, full-back Carlos Salcido has returned to his native Mexico, joining Tigres on a season-long loan deal.The 31-year-old impressed after signing for Fulham from PSV Eindhoven last summer, but has since become unsettled in England and his family recently left the country after a robbery at their home.last_img read more