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Governor Wolf Statement on Passage of Legislation to Combat Opioid and Heroin Crisis

first_img October 27, 2016 Governor Wolf Statement on Passage of Legislation to Combat Opioid and Heroin Crisis SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Results,  Statement,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today released a statement on the passage of a package of legislation that will help combat Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin crisis:“For months, I have traveled the commonwealth and joined Democrats and Republicans, as well as medical professionals, law enforcement, first responders, and other community leaders to discuss ways we can battle the opioid epidemic. Four weeks ago, I addressed a joint session of the General Assembly to outline a set of shared, specific legislative goals that would help us tackle this public health crisis. Together with Republicans and Democrats in both the House and Senate, we made a commitment to prioritize helping the victims of substance use disorder and the communities that have been devastated by this terrible disease.“Today, I applaud the legislature for working with me to pass a package of bills that allows us to take another important step in fighting this issue that plagues all of our communities. I would also like to thank groups like the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Association of Chain Drug Stores, and the Pennsylvania Pharmacists Association for all of their work on these important bills.“We still have more to do, but working together we have now accomplished strengthening the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, restricting the number of pills that can be prescribed to minors or in emergency rooms, establishing education curriculum on safe prescribing, and creating more locations for the drop-off of drugs among other important initiatives.“My administration is also working on implementing opioid treatment centers across the state that will help more than 11,000 individuals. Additionally, I will continue to work on ensuring doctors, prescribers and pharmacists are registered for and properly utilizing the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, educating the public on the availability of naloxone, and executing the warm hand-off policy that helps individuals receive treatment.“Though some believed Harrisburg could no longer tackle Pennsylvania’s greatest problems, the last several months demonstrate that we can come together to compromise and get things done. While this is not the end of our efforts on this crisis, or many other important issues facing the commonwealth, we have made great progress and I look forward to signing these bills into law.”Below is information on the legislation that passed the General Assembly:SB1367 (Yaw): This bill amends Title 35 (Health and Safety) to establish restrictions on physicians’ ability to prescribe opioids to minors, including limiting prescriptions to seven days and requiring physicians to take a number of steps before issuing the first prescription in a single course of treatment. This bill passed unanimously in the Senate on 9/28/16.SB1368 (Killion): This bill establishes a safe opioid prescribing curriculum in medical colleges and other medical training facilities offering or desiring to offer medical training. The curriculum must include: current, age-appropriate information relating to pain management; alternatives to opioid pain medications; instructions on safe prescribing methods in the event opioids must be prescribed; identification of patients who are at risk for addiction; and, training on managing substance use disorders as chronic diseases.SB1202 (Yaw): This bill amends the Achieving Better Care by Monitoring All Prescriptions Program (ABC-MAP) Act requires continuing education in pain management, addiction and dispensing for prescribers and dispensers. The Governor’s Office successfully passed an amendment that would require prescribers to check the ABC-MAP every time they prescribe an opioid or benzodiazepine. In addition, the Administration’s amendment would require dispensers to input prescription data to the ABC-MAP within 24 hours of dispensing. Current law gives dispensers (who are required to enter information into the ABC-MAP when they dispense an opioid or other controlled substance) 72 hours to log in and enter information.HB1699 (Brown): This bill mandates that hospital emergency departments and urgent care centers may not prescribe opioids in quantities that last more than seven days and they may not write refills for opioid prescriptions.HB 1737 (Maher): This bill would allow all federal, state and local law enforcement entities, hospitals, assisted living facilities, home health care agencies, long-term care nursing facilities, hospice, and commonwealth licensed pharmacies to serve as drop-off locations for any extra, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs or over-the-counter pharmaceutical products.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolflast_img read more

Sankar sets up 8-wicket win for President’s XI

first_img… Berbice complete second winBy Clifton RossA STERLING exhibition with bat and ball from President’s XI captain Stephon Sankar helped set up an easy 8-wicket win over Essequibo, when Round 2 of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB)/Dave’s West Indian Imports U-15 Inter-county Tournament continued yesterday. Playing at the Everest Cricket Club ground, Essequibo stumbled, batting first, running into the spin twins Sankar and Ali Budhoo, who snared 4-25 and 3-26 in a clinical effort which inevitably strangled their opponents who were bowled out for 147 in 30 overs.Amidst the chaos, Essequibo No. 3 batsman Shazif Mohamed (32) and all-rounder Adesh Das (46) tried to get out of the blocks but failed, despite looking decent against the combined effort of the President’s XI bowlers.The chase was relatively simple for the eventual winners. Thanks to an unbroken half-century partnership between Sankar and his vice-captain Tulsiram Ramkarran, who ended on 25 apiece not out, their side finished on 148 for 2 in 40.5 overs. After bowling out their foes before lunch, President’s XI opener Afazul Kadir hit punched 5 fours in his top score of 40 while Tularam Chintimani (16) had a four to his credit as both players looked ominous from the start, with their team racing to 65-0 when lunch came.Upon resumption of play, Essequibo pulled things back with the wickets of both openers, who fell to the skill of Das in a short span of time. Although President’s XI lost two set wickets, the deficit was almost cleared with just 28 needed following the dismissals.Sankar, younger brother of former Guyana U-15 spinner Steven Sankar, and Ramkarran held their nerves during the chase.The duo played identical innings of grit and application, as neither batsmen scored a single boundary despite finding the singles with relative ease. Nevertheless, both players knuckled down and eventually steered their side to a most-needed rebound win, following their horrific loss to Berbice in Round 1.Meanwhile, Sankar for his 4 wickets and 25 runs was adjudged the Man-of-the-match.Earlier, it never looked promising for Essequibo, as the wily Sankar sliced through the entire top-order including Mohamed, who tried to keep the top together as he hit three fours. A brave effort from Das featured four fours and two sixes in a lower-order attempt to keep things alive following a catastrophic start; which ended on a high note for the President’s XI.At Lusignan, Salim Khan hit 39 and grabbed 3 wickets to help Berbice to another crushing win, this time hammering Demerara by 64 runs.Berbice were kept to 140 for 7 when their overs expired with Khan unbeaten on 39.Demerara then failed to gun down a relatively low target and were steamrolled for 76 runs during their chase. Round 3 continues tomorrow.last_img read more

Brendan Cummins to line out for Ballybacon Grange today

first_imgFive-time All Star Brendan Cummins lines out between the sticks for his club Ballybacon Grange this afternoon.They take on Toomevara in the County Junior A Hurling Final.Throw in is at 2 o’clock in Boherlahan. Photo: All Ireland Poc Fada Championships, Facebook And it could be a weekend to remember for Toomevara as their seniors face Roscrea in the Seamus O Riain decider tomorrow afternoon in Moneygall at 2 o’clock.Former Tipperary hurler Tommy Dunne says the junior hurlers of Toomevara are looking forward to coming up against Brendan Cummins…Also down for decision today is the County Junior B hurling Semi FinalIt sees Cappawhite facing Newport in Clonoulty at 3.30pm.last_img read more

Best Fantasy Week 15 Waiver Pickups: Injuries to Derrius Guice, DeVante Parker, Josh Jacobs, more affect playoff adds

first_imgBreshad Perriman, WR, Buccaneers. Mike Evans left Sunday’s game in the first half due to a hamstring injury, which sounds like something that Tampa Bay won’t push with the season a lost cause. Perriman would step into the No. 2 WR role behind Chris Godwin if Evans is out next week. He was already trending upward in usage, and he finished three catches for 70 yards and a score in Week 14 (four targets). Deeper leaguers should also take note of Justin Watson, as he saw work and caught a TD with Evans out, too. Watson finished with five catches (eight targets) for 59 yards and that score.Russell Gage, WR, Falcons. With Calvin Ridley exiting early in Week 14, Gage has a chance to see more work in Week 15. He scored in Week 13 when Julio Jones was out, and given his increase in targets lately, he seems to be a trusted target of Matt Ryan. He didn’t do much in Week 14, possibly because the game was in hand by the time Ridley got hurt, and with a tough matchup in Week 15 against the 49ers, he won’t have an easy time then either. But he should get looks if Ridley is out, and that’s half the battle, especially in PPR leagues. For plenty more waiver wire/free agent suggestions, including additional injury fill-ins and QB, WR, TE, and D/ST streamers, check out our full Week 15 list. It was an injury-filled start to the fantasy football playoffs, as key players Mike Evans, DeVante Parker, Derrius Guice, Mark Andrews, and Calvin Ridley (among others) exited early — and Josh Jacobs didn’t even play. The primary backups for all of these players (Breshad Perriman, Allen Hurns, Adrian Peterson, Hayden Hurst, Russell Gage, DeAndre Washington) figure to be among the top Week 15 fantasy waiver wire pickups and free agent adds, pending early-week injury updates. With all those injuries, our full free agent list is loaded with potential contributors for the second round of the fantasy playoffs. Not only do we have injury fill-ins and a few breakouts (Raheem Mostert, Darius Slayton, and Cole Beasley just keep on clicking; Ian Thomas stepped up as expected; Boston Scott broke out unexpectedly), but we also have potential streams at QB, WR, TE, and D/ST (look for those at the end of the list). Every matchup and lineup choice should be scrutinized at this point in the season — even kicker. (Check out our Week 15 kicker rankings if you actually believe kicker matchups should be scrutnized.) MORE WEEK 15:Waiver pickups | FAAB planner | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff tipsAnd because we’re at “this point in the season”, there’s no reason to hold back your waiver claims. If you need a player, go get him. If you think your opponent might a player, go get that player, too. It’s all about surviving and advancing, so do whatever it takes. There are obviously plenty of worthwhile candidates this week, regardless of your team needs. WEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerTop fantasy football waiver wire pickups for Week 15Unless otherwise noted, only players owned in fewer than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues considered.DeAndre Washington, RB, Raiders. Josh Jacobs has reportedly been playing with a fractured shoulder since Week 7, and he was finally forced to miss a game because of it. Washington handled lead-back duties in his absence in Week 14, rushing 14 times for 53 yards and a score and adding another six catches for 43 yards. Jalen Richard had seven carries and two catches for 46 total yards, but it was clear Washington was the primary back, including along the goal line. If Jacobs continues to miss games, Washington has legit standard-league and PPR value against the Jaguars in Week 15 and Chargers in Week 16. Richard has some PPR appeal, but Washington actually stays in on more passing downs than Jacobs did, so Richard would likely need a touchdown to really pay off most weeks.WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endAdrian Peterson, RB, Redskins. Derrius Guice was knocked out of Sunday’s game with a knee injury, and Peterson almost immediately ran for a one-yard touchdown afterward. He finished the game with 76 yards on 20 carries, and, while not efficient, proves Peterson can still produce with enough volume. If Guice is out in Week 15, Peterson should get a full carry load against a pretty stout Eagles’ run defense, but he’ll still be in the FLEX conversation because of the guaranteed touches. WEEK 15 DFS LINEUPS:FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPPAllen Hurns, WR, Dolphins. DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson were concussed in Week 14, paving the way for other Miami receivers to step up. Isaiah Ford actually had the biggest day, catching six-of-nine targets for 92 yards, but given his lack of usage prior to this week, we expect Hurns to be the No. 1 receiver if both Parker and Wilson miss next week. He caught five-of-seven targets for 68 yards against the Jets, and he has another great matchup with the Giants on tap. MORE WEEK 15: Full waiver wirelast_img read more