Governor Wolf Renews Opioid Disaster Declaration, Notes Recent Progress

first_img Human Services,  Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today signed the fourth renewal of his 90-day opioid disaster declaration and noted recent successes in the ongoing fight against the epidemic.“I am again renewing the 90-day opioid disaster declaration, the best current means we have to maintain a concerted effort focused on fighting this scourge on our state and our nation,” Gov. Wolf said. “The renewal allows the 16 state agencies working together as part of the Opioid Command Center at PEMA to continue their collaborative approach at creating and implementing initiatives that are making a difference across many areas of this battle.”The American Medical Association earlier this week hailed Pennsylvania’s fight against opioids as a model for the rest of the country.Last week, Pennsylvania distributed more than 6,000 free naloxone kits as part of Stop Overdoses in PA: Get Help Now Week across the commonwealth.“With 80 public health centers participating in the naloxone giveaway, thousands of Pennsylvanians now have a chance to save a life and, in effect, be part of our first responder network,” Gov. Wolf said. “EMS and law enforcement alone have reversed nearly 20,000 overdoses this past year, getting 92 percent of those revived to a health care facility and into treatment.”The disaster declaration, which was introduced in January, and renewed in April, June and September, was set to expire this month. The renewal allows for the initiatives introduced in the past eleven months to continue without interruption.The governor detailed progress with additional initiatives introduced as part of the disaster declaration:Implemented more than 45 treatment centers (Centers of Excellence) across the commonwealth that to date have provided a level-of-care assessment for substance use disorder to more than 12,000 individuals.Expanded Medicaid to more Pennsylvanians, which now covers substance use disorder care for over 125,000 Pennsylvanians.Secured more than $110 million in federal grants to support prevention, treatment such as medication-assisted treatment, recovery, career services, and other programs to aid in fighting this crisis.Strengthened the use of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), which enables health care providers to safely prescribe controlled substances to their patients. More than 90,000 registrants are conducting more than 1.6 million patient searches each month. Since PDMP implementation, opioid prescribing has decreased by 24 percent.Introduced a suspicious activity prescribing tool with Attorney General Josh Shapiro to aid in reducing illegally prescribing controlled substances and identifying people who may need to be guided to treatment for substance use disorder.Announced improved prescribing guidelines for the safe and effective use of opioids, including in sports medicine, for minors, and Pennsylvanians on Medicaid, as well as improved education for medical professionals on opioid prescribing.Launched a 24/7 helpline, 1-800-662-HELP, for those who need immediate assistance with drug and alcohol problems. More than 36,000 Pennsylvanians have contacted the statewide helpline for assistance.Signed legislation to support grandparents raising grandchildren as a result of the opioid crisis.Hosted more than 100 opioid roundtables across the state to engage first responders, treatment providers, families, and non-profit organizations to listen and learn about local community needs and what the state can do to help.“It is critical that we keep building on our efforts at prevention, rescue, and treatment by extending the disaster declaration for another 90 days and urging the General Assembly to again take up a public health emergency when they return,” Gov. Wolf said. “We must work to ensure that my administration and local partners can continue to use every tool available to them to help people and communities in need.”More information on the Wolf Administration’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and how people suffering from this disease can get help is here. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 21, 2018center_img Governor Wolf Renews Opioid Disaster Declaration, Notes Recent Progresslast_img read more

Real Madrid Βeats PSG 2-1 to Ρeach Cl Quarters

first_imgPARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain’s dream of joining Europe’s elite with a Champions League trophy will have to wait another season, as Real Madrid delivered a brutal reality check by cruising through to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 win on Tuesday night.Cristiano Ronaldo’s powerful header — his 12th goal of the competition — and a deflected effort from midfielder Casemiro either side of a close-range finish from PSG’s Edinson Cavani sent Madrid through 5-2 on aggregate.Peaking at the right time, Madrid can be confident of challenging for a third straight title and 13th overall.PSG still has not reached the semifinals since its lone appearance in 1995. PSG’s ambitious club motto of “Dream Bigger” should perhaps now be revised. On this evidence, and last season’s humiliation at the hands of Barcelona, PSG remains a club more hopeful than convincing. Despite huge investment from cash-rich Qatari owners QSI since 2011, PSG has not been past the quarterfinals in that time.“We needed our heads and our hearts today. But we didn’t have both, we didn’t play as well as Real Madrid,” dejected PSG coach Unai Emery said. “Madrid deserved to go through. I think they controlled 60 percent of the game and we didn’t do enough with the 40 percent we had. Losing to Real Madrid itself isn’t a disappointment, but being knocked out in the last 16 is.”Trailing 3-1 from the first leg, PSG’s fragile defense crumbled and its attack offered little threat without the injured Neymar. The biggest bang from this PSG side was from the fireworks constantly let off by a section of fans behind one goal.Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates as he walks off the pitch after winning the Champions League round of sixteen second leg soccer match between Paris St. Germain and Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)Cavani’s goal gave PSG some hope with 20 minutes left. But with midfielder Marco Verratti already sent off, scoring two more to force extra time was beyond a lackluster PSG side.Instead, midfielder Casemiro’s deflected shot looped past stranded goalkeeper Alphonse Areola in the 80th. He was gifted the ball after midfielder Adrien Rabiot dealt poorly with Lucas Vazquez’s cross.To compound a miserable night for PSG fans, who so badly want to believe this side can conquer Europe, Verratti showed terrible composure to in getting sent off midway through the second half. He got a second yellow card, having protested vehemently with referee Felix Brych after not getting a free kick.“Our fans got behind us, I apologize to them,” Rabiot said. “We tried but we couldn’t do it.”Ronaldo had already done his usual damage.The Champions League’s all-time leading scorer was given far too much space and leapt triumphantly to beat Areola with a downward header in the 51st minute. He had netted twice in the first leg.Ronaldo is hitting top form at a crucial time and has scored in nine Champions League games in a row, matching Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record.This was a huge test for a PSG side desperate to prove it belongs among Europe’s elite, especially after spectacularly failing last year — becoming the first team eliminated after winning the first leg 4-0. Barcelona won the return 6-1.“Maybe tonight they weren’t so good, but it’s also because we played very well,” Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “Obviously it became harder for them when we scored the second goal.”In the night’s other match, five-time champion Liverpool eased into the last eight, drawing 0-0 at home to two-time winner Porto after winning the away leg 5-0.Real Madrid’s players wave to their fans after the round of 16, 2nd leg Champions League soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes Stadium in Paris, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. Real Madrid won 2-1. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)The atmosphere was electric at Parc des Princes in Paris, with thick smoke engulfing the stadium a pre-match pyrotechnics were set off. PSG’s exuberant fans were asked to “stop letting off flares” over the stadium loud speaker just after the interval.This was all part of a concerted effort to motivate the players. The club’s communications department had released a video, urging fans to rally behind the team seemingly as a matter of urgency for the city itself. Neymar also posted a video on Twitter, with the words “Vous allez le Faire” (You will do it).Banners around the ground encouraged the team and some fans had already taken matters into their own hands. Late into the night before the game, a small group of PSG Ultras let off bangers, chanted “Paris” and banged a drum outside the Real Madrid team hotel.But all this bluster seemed more like bluff.After a fairly even first half, Ronaldo headed wide early in the second half — a warning sign.Moments later he headed home Vazquez’s pinpoint cross from the left after a quick break down the left from the impressive Marco Asensio, astutely selected ahead of Gareth Bale by Zidane.“Tactically we played the right way, we believe in what we’re doing,” Zidane said. “We closed them down high up the pitch.”Madrid could have had further goals breaking forward on counterattacks, with Asensio and Ronaldo hitting the post.—By JEROME PUGMIRE , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more