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

NWFL Condemns Police Attack on Taraba Queens *Urges state to pay players…

first_imgThe Nigerian Women Football League (NWFL) has condemned the recent police attack on players of Taraba Queens at the Taraba State Government House allegedly on the orders of the government.Players of FC Taraba and Taraba Queens were last Thursday assaulted by the Nigeria Police during a peaceful protest demanding their almost one and half year unpaid salaries in Jalingo, the state capital.The football players had gathered at the State House to protest their unpaid salaries and in the process stopped visitors and staff from entering the premises.The players accused the Taraba State government of deliberately refusing to pay their salaries and bonuses despite the recent bailout funds it received from the Federal Government.Police personnel attached to the Taraba State Government House and other security officials swooped on the players armed with horsewhips, rifles and tear gas and in the process three players were injured while several others were detained.  Speaking on the development, NWFL Chairperson, Aisha Falode said, “we don’t want to believe that the government will direct the police to beat up footballers, who came to demand for their salaries and bonuses. “These are breadwinners of their families and you can imagine what they have gone through all the period they have not been paid for their labour. “I want to appeal to Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku to look into this case and bring everybody involved in the ill-treatment of the players to book. “We believe that Governor Ishaku, who is a loving father, did not send anybody to beat up these girls, who are Nigeria’s mothers of the future. It is the handiwork of some overzealous officials, who must be made to realise and respect the sanctity of womanhood,” concludes the NWPL chief.Taraba Queens FC is a Nigerian Women Professional League (NWPL) team based in Jalingo and owned by the Taraba State government. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Kike’ Hernandez drives in five as Dodgers pound Rockies, 11-6

first_imgTHE GAME: Kike’ Hernandez drove in five runs and the Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 11-6 on Wednesday night at Camelback Ranch.PITCHING REPORT: RHP Ross Stripling made what is likely to be his last start of the spring (he will roll back into more of a reliever’s schedule). He gave up back-to-back doubles to Raimel Tapia and Gerardo Parra to start the game then allowed just two more hits and struck out four in his three innings. … LHP Scott Alexander struggled through a one-run inning that included two singles, two walks and two wild pitches. … RHP Pedro Baez also had a rough inning, allowing a run on three hits.HITTING REPORT: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called Hernandez “a lefty killer” earlier this week (the stats back him up) but said he thinks Hernandez has made changes in his swing and approach that will lead to more success (and playing time) against right-handed pitchers this season. Hernandez backed him up by hitting a three-run home run and a two-run double, both off Rockies right-hander Jon Gray. … Yasiel Puig had an RBI double and Jake Peter a two-run single during the Dodgers’ four-run seventh inning that broke a 5-5 tie. … Kyle Farmer hit a two-run home run. He is 10 for 20 this spring with six extra-base hits (three doubles, three home runs)DEFENSE REPORT: Austin Barnes started at catcher and was charged with two errors on wild throws to second base on steal attempts. … Third baseman Justin Turner was also charged with his first error of the spring. Healthy Adam Liberatore could make impact for Dodgers’ bullpen Hoornstra: Pace of play rule could put pitching prospects at greater risk for injury UP NEXT: LHP Rich Hill is scheduled to start against the Kansas City Royals (Jason Hammel) on Thursday at Camelback Ranch, 1 p.m. (SportsNet LA and 570 AM). RHP Kenta Maeda is scheduled to pitch in a minor-league game as well.Related Articlescenter_img Dodgers’ Brandon Gomes will maintain familiar approach to player development Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Survey: Coronavirus to blame for dragging down Iowa, Midwest economy

first_imgOMAHA — Fears about coronavirus slowed Iowa’s economy during February, along with the overall economy across the Midwest, according to a Creighton University survey of business leaders and supply managers in nine states.Creighton economist Ernie Goss says the impact on commerce is critical, as the virus has infected tens of thousands of people around the world, with more than three-thousand dead.“We asked the supply managers, and these are men and women that are buying goods from abroad in many cases and domestically, four out of ten, 40% of supply managers indicated negative impacts from the coronavirus,” Goss says. “That’s a real concern for the regional economy going forward.”The illness originated in China and that’s where tens of millions of people are quarantined, with factories of all sorts temporarily closed. Goss says that’s gumming up the gears that would ordinarily keep manufacturing moving.“Twenty-seven percent said they’d switch vendors, actually switch vendors because of the coronavirus,” Goss says. “That’s a real concern if this coronavirus is, if we see do that in the U.S. popping up more so than what we’ve seen thus far.” On the plus side, Goss says some of those supply managers who said they’re switching vendors are switching to -domestic- vendors.The stock market tumbled last week over fears about the virus and Goss says it’s brought about a quick response. “We’re seeing businesses and individual investors looking for safety, safety is the number-one concern right now, not the rate of return,” Goss says. “Where do you go for safety? Gold. Gold prices are up. Where else do you go for safety? U.S. Treasury bonds, pushing up prices and yields down.”Goss says hiring across the region is down as businesses continue to struggle to find qualified workers.The monthly Creighton survey covers Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma and South Dakota.last_img read more