Wolf Administration Encourages Pennsylvanians to Review Expiration Date of Prescriptions, Lifesaving Overdose-Reversal Drug

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Public Health The Wolf Administration is encouraging Pennsylvanians to review the expiration date of their prescription medications, including NARCAN, a brand of the lifesaving overdose-reversal drug naloxone. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the extension of the shelf life of NARCAN Nasal Spray from 24 months to 36 months.“We are committed to ensuring that naloxone is widely available to help those with the disease of addiction,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Naloxone has one role, and that is to save someone who is suffering from an overdose. It is essential that every Pennsylvanian consider obtaining naloxone to help save a life.”Since 2014, Dr. Levine has signed standing orders related to naloxone for the public, first responders and most recently a standing order for community organizations to distribute naloxone through mail order. Additionally, the Wolf Administration has sponsored two public giveaway events as part of Stop Overdose in Pennsylvania: Get Help Now week, where nearly 10,000 kits of naloxone were distributed.“Naloxone has been a key component of battling the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania,” said Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Jen Smith. “The Wolf Administration has worked hard to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to naloxone, are trained to safely administer the drug and potentially save a life.”Launched in November 2017, the Naloxone for First Responders Program provides NARCAN to priority first responder groups across the Commonwealth utilizing a network of Centralized Coordinating Entities (CCEs). Since inception, CCEs have distributed more than 67,000 kits of NARCAN to first responder groups, resulting in more than 15,463 reported overdose reversals to date.“The news that the FDA has approved NARCAN’s shelf-life is most welcome, as it ensures that the naloxone that we have already distributed can be relied upon to combat overdoses for an additional year,” said Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency Executive Director Michael Pennington.The Opioid Command Center, established in January 2018 when Gov. Wolf signed the first opioid disaster declaration, continues to meet each week to discuss the opioid crisis. The command center is staffed by personnel from 17 state agencies, spearheaded by the departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs.Earlier this month, the Opioid Command Center released its strategic plan, highlighting accomplishments to date and providing a roadmap for the continued work to help those with substance use disorder. The plan, available here, includes five goal areas: prevention, rescue, treatment, recovery and sustainability.Efforts over the past several years, working with state agencies, local, regional and federal officials, have resulted in significant action to address the opioid crisis.The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) has reduced opioid prescriptions by 34 percent and has virtually eliminated doctor shopping.The number of people receiving high dosages of opioids (defined as greater than 90 morphine milligram equivalents per day) has dropped 53 percent since the PDMP launched in August 2016.The Opioid Data Dashboard and Data Dashboard 2.0 has provided public-facing data regarding prevention, rescue and treatment.11 Pennsylvania Coordinated Medication Assisted Treatment (PacMAT) programs are serving as part of a hub-and-spoke model to provide evidence-based treatment to people where they live, with just under $26 million dedicated into the centers.More than 45 Centers of Excellence (COE), administered by the Department of Human Services, provide coordinated, evidence-based treatment to people with an opioid use disorder covered by Medicaid. The COEs have treated more than 32,500 people since first launching in 2016.The waiver of birth certificate fees for those with opioid use disorder has helped more than 4,800 people, enabling easier entry into recovery programs.A standing order signed by Dr. Rachel Levine in 2018 allowed EMS to leave behind more than 2,400 doses of naloxone.Education has been provided to more than 6,600 prescribers through either online or face-to-face education.882 drug take-back boxes help Pennsylvanians properly dispose of unwanted drugs, including 178,540 pounds of unwanted drugs in 2019.The Get Help Now Hotline received more than 39,000 calls, with nearly half of all callers connected directly to a treatment provider.The state prison system has expanded their Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program which is viewed as a model program for other states.A body scanner pilot project was successful in reducing overdoses and violent crime in community correctional facilities. Body scanners are in place in more than 30 locations and are currently being expanded to additional facilities.Several agencies have worked together to collaborate on the seizure and destruction of illicit opioids across Pennsylvania.Education and training on opioids have been provided to schools. Future plans are in place to make opioid education a standard component of their school-based training.The coordination with seven major commercial providers has expand access to naloxone and mental health care, while also working to make care more affordable.Naloxone has been made available to first responders through the Commission on Crime and Delinquency, with more than 63,400 kits made available and close to 12,700 saves through that program. More than half of those saves, 6,633, occurred in 2019.EMS have administered close to 42,300 doses of naloxone and more than 10,000 doses were made available to members of the public during the state’s naloxone distribution last year.More information on the opioid crisis can be found on the Department of Health’s website at health.pa.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. September 01, 2020center_img Wolf Administration Encourages Pennsylvanians to Review Expiration Date of Prescriptions, Lifesaving Overdose-Reversal Druglast_img read more

Two-storey home with pool and bay views to go under the hammer

first_img3 Bayview Terrace, ClontarfThe second bedroom also has access to the two-way main bathroom. Downstairs is set up for dual living with two bedrooms, kitchenette, separate shower area and laundry access. Outside, there is an in-ground swimming pool and an entertaining area with views across the bay. The home is being marketed by Aaron Wheeler from Coronis Lutwyche and will be auctioned. 3 Bayview Terrace, ClontarfENJOY water views across the bay from this double-storey home new to the market in Clontarf. The five-bedroom home at 3 Bayview Terrace has a swimming pool and the potential for dual living. Upstairs, there is an open plan living, dining and kitchen area with timber flooring and a crisp white colour scheme. More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 20193 Bayview Terrace, ClontarfThe dining room opens to a covered deck with water views and three sets of sliding doors in the lounge open the room up to the sea breezes. The master bedroom has an ensuite with double shower and the remaining bedrooms have built-in robes and fans. last_img read more

‘One of the best renovations I’ve seen’; design guru’s renovation sensation hits the market

first_imgProperty Lipstick Bespoke Interiors’ directors Alexandra Bain and Natalie Manning.AN INTERIOR designer has put her jawdroppingly beautiful colonial Brisbane home up for sale.Alexandra Bain runs Property Lipstick Bespoke Interiors with fellow designer, Natalie Manning, and has meticulously renovated her turn-of-the-century house at 94 Gerler St, Bardon. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom house’s classic interiors and old-worldly facade invoke an atmosphere of yesteryear. The renovation of 94 Gerler St, Bardon, was inspired by this Zimmermann advertisement. Pic supplied.The home is for sale by negotiation through Tim Douglas, of Place Estate Agents, who said few inner-city houses could rival its size and grandeur.“It’s one of the best renovations I’ve seen for this style of home,” he said.“It’s absolutely beautiful.” The stunningly renovated home at 94 Gerler St, Bardon. Picture: realestate.com.au. The ‘hers’ dressing room at 94 Gerler St, Bardon. Picture: realestate.com.au.There are even ‘his’ and ‘hers’ dressing rooms with bespoke boutique-style cabinetry and lighting, which would make Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City fame jealous. The kitchen at 94 Gerler St, Bardon. Picture: realestate.com.au.Think understated elegance combined with sophisticated chic — Belgian linens, Ralph Lauren wallpaper, Italian wall sconces and imported American light fittings.Ms Bain said no expense had been spared during the two-year renovation. The formal dining room featuring an antique chandelier at 94 Gerler St, Bardon.The house sits on an elevated 1012 sqm block and boasts formal sitting and dining rooms, a private outdoor room with a built-in barbecue, wet bar and commercial fridge, a 13m saltwater pool, an infra-red sauna and a concrete room that would make an ideal wine cellar.center_img The hand-carved French antique fireplace at 94 Gerler St, Bardon. Picture: realestate.com.au.Other features of the home include Carrara mosaic tiles in all the bathrooms, classic French doors, an antique fireplace and Bianco Romano granite benchtops in the kitchen. Even the roof matches the home’s soft grey and white colour palette. The back of 94 Gerler St, Bardon. Picture: realestate.com.au. Inside the home at 94 Gerler St, Bardon. Picture: realestate.com.au. The formal sitting room at 94 Gerler St, Bardon. Picture: realestate.com.au.“Every single detail in that home has been thought through so that it is harmonious and the best — I didn’t scrimp on a thing,” she said.“I also tried to make it as practical as possible for a family.”More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoMs Bain said her “labour of love” was inspired by a French townhouse and an old Zimmermann fashion advertisement.last_img read more

Teenagers ‘can be corrupted’ by Hollywood sex scenes

first_imgTelegraph (UK) 18 July 2012Watching sex scenes in Hollywood films can make children more promiscuous and sexually active from a younger age, a new study has suggested. Psychologists concluded that teenagers exposed to more sex on screen in popular films are likely to have sexual relations with more people and without using condoms. The study, based on nearly 700 popular films, found that watching love scenes could “fundamentally influence” a teenager’s personality. The researchers, from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, concluded youngsters were more prone to take risks in their future relationships. They also concluded that for every hour of exposure to sexual content on-screen, participants were more than five times more likely to lose their virginity within six years. “Adolescents who are exposed to more sexual content in movies start having sex at younger ages, have more sexual partners, and are less likely to use condoms with casual sexual partners,” said Dr Ross O’Hara, who led the study….The team, reporting in Psychological Science, studied 1228 children aged between 12 and 14 and then analysed their sexual behaviour six years later. Each teenager identified which popular films of differing classifications they had seen from a random list of 50. Six years later they were asked how old they were when they became sexually active, how many partners they had, how risky their sexual behaviour was and whether they used condoms. The findings provided a link between exposure to sex on screen and sexual behaviour. Participants also said they tried to mimic love scenes they had seen on screen in the real world.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9407978/Teenagers-can-be-corrupted-by-Hollywood-sex-scenes.htmllast_img read more

Male Female Whatever on Passports

first_imgNZ Herald 5 Dec 2012New Zealand’s tiny transgender community is celebrating a quiet change that allows people to change their gender on their passports by a simple declaration. The change, which came into force on Friday without any public announcement, allows people to state their gender as male, female or “X” (indeterminate/unspecified), without the need to change their birth certificates or citizenship records. “It’s amazing,” said Joey Macdonald, an Auckland mental health worker who changed the gender on his passport from female to “X” and who chairs the transgender support group GenderBridge. “It means that on this particular provision, New Zealand is leading the way and is one of the leading countries in terms of reducing barriers to having a national identity document for transpeople.” A Human Rights Commission report recommended in 2008 that people should have the right to change their gender on their passports and other documents.The law was changed in 2009 to allow changes from male to female or vice versa by a declaration from the Family Court, and a change from either gender to “X” by a statutory declaration. A Family Court declaration is still required for a male/female gender change on citizenship documents, but this policy is under review. A Passport Office spokesman said gender changes on passports could now be made purely by a statutory declaration stating a person’s preferred sex or gender identity and how long they have had that identity.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10852012last_img read more

Winters Performance backs IMCA Modified drivers

first_imgYORK, Pa. – Winters Performance Products has renewed the awards program benefitting Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified drivers for a second season.The York, Pa., manufacturer again gives a complete quick change rear end to the national rookie of the year.Top five drivers in point standings for each of the five Modified regions receive $100 product certificates.All awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.Rob VanMil earned national rookie of the year honors last season and more than 50 drivers are already in the running for this year’s title. Deadline for submitting the rookie of the year application to IMCA is Aug. 1.“Rookie of the Year programs are very special because of the amount of new drivers we see in our Modified division each and every year,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “This year’s ROY will go home with a new Winters quick change rear end to compliment the rest of the accolades that go along with the title.”More information about the Winters Performance line is available by calling 717 764-9844 and at the www.wintersperformance.com website.last_img read more

Local robotics teams advance in VEX IQ Challenge

first_imgPictured are Jackson Matthews, Kooper Witte, Isabel Pearson, Brayden Hurelbrink and David Mahan, referee.Dillsboro, In. — Two local robotics teams will represent our area at the VEX IQ Challenge at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 9. Dillsboro Elementary School and Manchester Elementary School sixth grade robotics teams worked in alliance to score the most points out of the top 10 teams in the robotics league on February 19. Twenty-two teams from Dearborn and Ripley county schools competed in the league hosted by Aurora Elementary School during the months of January and February. The top ten teams in the league then competed for two spots to advance to state. Dillsboro and Manchester were first and second, respectively, in the league.The Dillsboro team consists of co-captains Brayden Hurelbrink and Isabel Pearson, Calvin Cowell, Sophie Henson, and Katie Hughes. Dillsboro’s team is coached by Katie Weinbender and Susan Thompson. The Manchester team consists of Jackson Matthews, Kooper Witte, Jenna Hufford, Kymberly Kirkpatrick, Elle Rohr, Callie Davidson, Gracie Van Winkle, and Rune Rocklin. Manchester’s team is coached by Jodie Hopper.The league is part of the VEX IQ Challenge, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation.  This program provides open-ended robotics and research project challenges for elementary and middle school students that enhance their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills through hands-on, student-centered learning.last_img read more

GBBC/NGGM boxing card – Threats issued as `D’ Day arrives for `Bad Blood’ boxing card

first_imgWITH just a few hours before the Guyana Boxing Board of Control/NexGen Global Marketing six-fight boxing card gets underway, local boxers and their respective opponents from Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela and Barbados have issued threats to each other.This make for some interesting fights that is scheduled to start at 19:00hrs at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall this evening.Speaking to the media at the pre-fight press conference at the Giftland Mall yesterday, Guyana’s Shawn Corbin predicted that he will stop his Trinidad opponent Sheldon Lawrence in six rounds in their light heavyweight 12-round fight for the World Boxing Council’s FEACOBOX title.However, Lawrence stated that Corbin’s prediction will be reversed, since he will be the one ending the fight within the distance.Lawrence said he knows Corbin very well and knows also how he fights and this will be to his advantage.Lawrence’s manager, Buxo Putts of Trinidad informed that Corbin is not only a Guyanese, “he is a Trinidadian too, I managed him while he was living, training and fighting out of Trinidad and I want to believe that he is seeing upside-down, as he might be seeing nine in Lawrence’s favour and taking it for six” Putts said.Corbin interrupted stating “nobody comes to my home and beat me.”Like Corbin, Gonsalves who will engage Venezuela’s Felipe Barcelo in a 10-round lightweight contest said he does not see the fight going past four rounds, but admitted that his Venezuelan opponent is a solid fighter.Barcelo for his part said he is here to fight and used the opportunity to urge the Guyanese public to come out in their numbers and support the card which will be an exciting one.Guyana’s United States based Guyanese Elton, `The Bully Dharry who will be fighting Venezuela’s Jesus Garcia said he is in excellent condition and rearing to go.The WBC FEACOBOX and Inter-Continental bantamweight champion said he is aware that barcelo is a solid fighter who faced some very tough opponents during his career, but he (Dharry) is not worried as he is sure he will prevail.The main bout on the six-fight card is a flyweight contest over 10 rounds and will see Guyana’s Dexter `De Kid’ Marques tackling Venezuela’s Dionis Martinez Arias.While Arias was present at yesterday’s pre-fight press conference, Marques was absent due to him having to put in some extra road work, one day before fight time, in order to make his weight and like Marques, Guyana’s Sherwin Clarke was also on the road, seeking to lose some weight for his heavyweight debut against James Moore.The other fight on the night’s card will see Anson Green (Guyana facing Barbados’ Keithland King in a junior middleweight bout.last_img

Poor planning cost Windies seriesd win, agues legend Sir Andy

first_imgRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Pace bowling legend Sir Andy Roberts believes a lack of proper planning by West Indies following their win in the opening Test at Southampton, led to their poor form in the remaining matches and their eventual series defeat to England.West Indies took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series with a four-wicket victory, but then collapsed to heavy defeats, losing the second Test by 113 runs and the third by 269 runs, to further extend their 32-year wait for a series win on English soil.“Considering the way they played in the first Test match, I think after that they didn’t sit down and plan for the remainder of the series,” Sir Andy told the Mason and Guest cricket radio show.“I think we went to England not to win the series but to defend the Wisden Trophy and it showed in the planning.”Pointing to the use of fast bowler Shannon Gabriel as an example, Sir Andy said the Trinidadian should have been better managed, considering he had just recovered from an ankle operation last December.Gabriel snatched a nine-wicket haul in the first Test, but appeared jaded and struggling with his fitness in the remaining games and picked up only two wickets.“One must remember that Shannon Gabriel last played cricket in September, October last year, and apart from that, he had an ankle operation which ruled him out of the original touring party,” the legendary Antiguan explained.Sponsored LinksGetting this Treasure is impossible! Prove us wrong!Hero WarsKaley Cuoco Down Sized Her Bikini (Photos)Healthy George“I thought after performing so well in the first Test, they should have left him out for the second Test because England would have to win consecutive matches to win the series.“But all of us could see how Shannon bowled in the second Test and then you continued with him again in the third Test match so we didn’t plan very well.”Hes continued: “They played literally the same team every game. I would have liked to see both Alzarri Joseph and Chemar Holder play together in a Test match. You have some young firepower and I think they should have used them in one of the Test matches.”Sir Andy also criticised the strategy by the West Indies seamers, contending they were too predictable and too often allowed the English batsmen to dictate matters.In fact, the 69-year-old said enough short balls were used against some batsmen who were clearly not comfortable with that length, and this again reflected the lack of strategic planning.“Ben Stokes is a fine all-rounder, but Ben Stokes [knew] exactly what balls he was getting. Ben Stokes was walking out of his crease to our medium-fast bowlers,” Sir Andy contended.“And if you check the last Test match when he got bowled by Kemar Roach, that [dismissal] came along because Kemar Roach bowled him a few short balls which he wasn’t getting in the previous Test matches so we have to look at how we’re planning.“Some of the worst techniques I seen to fast bowling is among the England opening pair [of Dom Sibley and Rory Burns], they’re not comfortable with short balls but we did not use enough short balls in this series.“I’m not saying to overdo it but you have to make them (batsmen) think. [You can’t allow batsmen to] just sit back and know what is coming at them.”last_img read more

Let’s make a Deal: Redshirt freshman continues to take advantage of unexpected opportunity

first_imgThe first time Wisconsin football fans got to see redshirt freshman tailback Taiwan Deal in action was the team’s 2015 spring game, where the power runner impressed as he ran the ball 15 times for 76 yards.The buzz surrounding the running back was positive, but given that Deal was expected to run behind both junior Corey Clement and redshirt junior Dare Ogunbowale coming into this season, it was thought that would be the last time Deal would play a featured role in 2015.That expectation changed week one when Clement left the Badgers’ season opener against Alabama with a groin injury he suffered from in practice the week before. Ogunbowale wasn’t able to shoulder the load on his own, so Deal was called upon to make his UW debut sooner than he or anyone else expected.His performance was subpar, as the Wisconsin running game couldn’t get anything going against Alabama’s front seven and Deal finished with just 14 yards on six carries.But the takeaway for Deal was not the numbers he put up.Instead, he focused on the learning experience he gained after facing one of the nation’s most vaunted defenses.“Through practice, coaches always just say relax, come out confident and just build on your performances every week,” Deal said.And now, after week three of the regular season, Deal is running with more confidence and has instilled it in his coaches and companions that he – despite his freshman status – can help alleviate the depth issue in the backfield while UW’s lead man is sidelined.The biggest part of his game the redshirt freshman had to work on was his patience, according to head coach Paul Chryst.Through Deal’s first two games, he had a tendency to try and run through the tackles, rather than between them. As a result, he would get stuck at the line of scrimmage, unable to make a play.After the performance against Troy, where Deal ran for a career-high 84 yards on 16 carries, it’s clear to Chryst the running back is starting to put the pieces together.“He’s just starting to get it right,” Chryst said. “The good runners have a patience to them, and then let the play develop. It seemed like there was a little bit more patience with [Deal].”A key factor for Deal within the offense is the offensive line’s development, who, as a unit, has been dealing with an array of injuries as they look to continue to build on-field chemistry.Despite redshirt junior lineman Walker Williams being out with an ankle injury Saturday, the offensive line feels they put up their most solid performance of the season so far, and for sophomore lineman Hayden Biegel, the only way to keep improving is to continue doing your job.“As an offensive lineman, we just focus on our blocking assignments,” Biegel said. “We just try to do our jobs and that’s to give the backs the best look we can.”And when the offensive line does their job, it makes it easier for Deal to do his.“This week with the offensive line we had a little different scheme and we knew where to hit the holes and where they’d be,” Deal said. “So just sticking with the schemes, sticking with the plan was key.”Deal proved Saturday he can be more than a short yardage back, as just a week ago against Miami (Ohio), Deal was almost exclusively used in short yardage and goal line situations.Now, in gaining more experience as a runner and with the offensive line steadily improving, Deal showed he has the ability to be an any-down back and the Badgers will need him to continue to exert this kind of effort for at least one more week, as Clement is not expected to return until the team’s Big Ten opener against Iowa.But for now, Deal will continue to help carry the load out of the backfield with Clement serving as his advisor.“[Ogunbowale and I] are used to it in practice now, with he and I taking most of the reps,” Deal said. “Corey is on our side at all times telling us what we can do on this play or that play, but we will continue to take the load until he comes back.”And the more reps Deal takes, the more the tailback will continue to improve and move in the right direction.Saturday was a big step in that direction.“I feel like I got better today and I can continue to get better,” Deal said. “Moving forward, I just need to build on what I did today.”last_img read more