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

Chinese study finds link between abortion and depression

first_imgLifesite News 19 Mar 2012A new study of post-abortive women in China found a high correlation between induced abortion and depression among pregnant women, adding to the growing body of evidence that links abortion with negative mental health outcomes. The findings were reached by a team of Chinese researchers from Anhui Medical College who analyzed data that had been previously collected as part of an on-going study on child development. Their study, titled, “The Impact of Prior Abortion on Anxiety and Depression Symptoms During a Subsequent Pregnancy: Data From a Population-Based Cohort Study in China,” was published recently in the Bulletin of Clinical Psychopharmacology.The researchers used data from 6,887 pregnant women who had participated in the Annui Birth Defects and Child Development Cohort study between October 2008 and September 2009. 3,264 of those women had experienced a previous abortion. Most were induced abortions, although the data also included some women who had had spontaneous abortions (miscarriages).They found that pregnant women who had undergone an induced abortion of a previous pregnancy a year or more before their current pregnancy were 49% more likely to experience depression and 114% more likely to experience anxiety during their first trimester. If the abortion was more recent, the risk was 97% greater for anxiety in the first trimester, and 64% greater for depression during the second trimester. In comparison, the study found, women who had experienced a miscarriage did not appear to be at a greater risk for anxiety or depression than other pregnant women in the first and second trimester.http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/chinese-study-finds-link-between-previous-abortion-and-depression-among-prelast_img read more

Here’s the greatest XI in Champions League history

first_imgThe Spaniard made over 500 appearances for Los Blancos during a successful 16 year spell with the club, and deservedly finds himself in the team alongside some former teammates. Another Real Madrid great, Sergio Ramos, lines up alongside fellow Spaniards Gerard Pique and Carles Puyol, while World Cup winner Philipp Lahm makes up a solid back four. In total, Cristiano Ronaldo has been part of UEFA’s team of the year a record 14 times, while Messi has secured a spot 11 times.Read Also: Iker Casillas: ‘I would like to return to Real Madrid one day’Former Arsenal striker Henry, meanwhile, was named in the team of the year five times in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006.Iker Casillas, Andres Iniesta, Carles Puyol and Sergio Ramos have also featured in the TOTY six times. In terms of the midfield, Steven Gerrard is the only English player to feature in the side. The former Liverpool captain was a huge part of the club’s famous 2005 Champions League comeback against AC Milan, where he scored that looping header to get Rafael Benitez’s side back in the game. UEFA have had the unforgiving task of picking an all-time Champions League XI, and only one English player has made the cut. He, like Casillas, made over 500 appearances for his club and deservedly makes his way into the all-time XI.Meanwhile, rather predictably, Barcelona pair Xavi and Iniesta make up the three man midfield; a duo that helped the Catalan giants to dominate Europe for years in the 00’s.Xavi and Iniesta celebrate winning the Champions League.To top things off, a front three of Thierry Henry, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo speaks for itself.center_img In what is a formidable side, former Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas features between the sticks.Advertisement Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became FriendsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MorePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowProbably The World’s Most Beautiful Ceilings!last_img read more