Remarks From Governor Wolf’s Announcement of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (VIDEO)

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first_img Public Health,  Remarks,  Substance Use Disorder,  Videos Announcement of Prescription Drug Monitoring ProgramHarrisburg, PATRANSCRIPT:Dean Jameson, thank you very much for the nice introduction, Secretary Murphy and Dr. Lauren Hughes, thank you for being here too. This is a really important effort that we’re making here in Pennsylvania and this is a really important part of that, and I appreciate your allowing us to use Penn Medicine as a as a backdrop for this. This is a really important place to make this point. We have a big problem here in Pennsylvania. It’s an opioid problem.There are too many people that died from drug overdose in Pennsylvania.Just let me give you some examples, in 2014, 2,500 people died in Pennsylvania of drug overdoses -that’s how many people we know died. Last year it was worse, I think 3,500, that’s almost ten everyday died of a drug overdose and this year, so far, it looks like it’s going to be worse.We’ve got to do something about this. The problem is, as Dr. Jameson said, is that this affects everybody.This is not a urban or rural thing, it affects everybody. It’s not Northeast Pennsylvania, Southwest Pennsylvania, it’s all over.It affects men and women. Tt affects Republicans as well as Democrats. We’ve got to do something about this.Not too long ago I was with a friend of mine. I’ve known him for a long time. He is a professional man about my age, that is old okay, and he came up to me and gave me an envelope.He said, I want you to read this, and I said, come on, we know each other well enough, you don’t have to give me letters, I mean, if you want something just ask me.He said no, it’s not about that. He sat down and started crying. He said my daughter died just two weeks ago from a drug overdose.That’s the problem we have in Pennsylvania. There is not a family that is unaffected by this epidemic, actually it’s a plague, not a family that doesn’t have someone, a neighbor, a friend, a family member or personally is suffering from this kind of a disease, this disease, substance use disorder, and we’ve got to do something about it.And so what we’re trying to do at the state level is two things, we’re trying to give suffers more resources and more options. We’ve got to do that, and starting with eliminating the stigma of substance use disorder. Moving patients through the treatment options that are available and that should exist for every patient. Every patient has different needs.The second thing we’re trying to do and to the point of what we’re talking about today is giving medical practitioners the resources, more resources for them to do what they want to do, and need to do, to make life right for their patients.That’s simply what this is today.ABC MAP is really a program that allows medical practitioners to see what their patients are being prescribed, and to make sure that what they’re doing is not at odds with that person’s health. I notice there are some early, first-year medical students here, right? At some point you hope you’re gonna take the Hippocratic oath, and you want to make life better for your patients. With this, we’re trying to do that, trying to help you do that so that you can look into this database and make sure that you’re not prescribing something that is at odds with the health of your patient.This was started, actually, back in 1973 with schedule 2 drugs, it’s been expanded since 2014 in Pennsylvania and other states before that so that you can look into this and say okay.I want to make sure that I’m not giving a drug that is going to interfere with something else that someone else is prescribing. It’s also going to give you the ability to see if maybe someone is taking too many of these things and is crying out for help.It’s giving you tools that are going to make your life easier, make the life of your patients easier and I think that’s what you. That’s what you’re going to want, that’s what this school is going to teach you to want. And I think that’s why you went into this profession.So, we’re trying to help you with this.It’s a registration program that doctors are signing up for, it has certain rules, but it basically comes back to the fundimental idea that doctors want to do what’s best for their patients, and that’s what we are trying to do at the state to help you do just that.So let me introduce Secretary Karen Murphy to talk more about what we’re doing here with the with the ABC MAP program and what we hope to see as a result of this program.Thank you.Read the press release from the announcement.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Remarks From Governor Wolf’s Announcement of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (VIDEO) August 26, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

UK roundup: Regulator warns trustees over chairperson statements

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first_imgNicola Parish, executive director, TPREC2, the trustee of autoenrolment.co.uk, was told that the £2,000 (€2,313) fine from the regulator would be upheld while the trustees of the Moore Stephens Master Trust had their fine reduced from £2,000 to £500.In the case brought by EC2, the judge said the requirements stated schemes should not simply prepare an annual governance statement, but “prepare a statement containing a considerable amount of clearly specified and detailed information”.Parish said that the regulator was pleased with the outcome, which recognised that a mandatory penalty should apply to chairpersons’ statements when they were not compliant.“As these cases clearly demonstrate, we are prepared to defend our penalties in court,” she said. “We continue to expect high standards of trustees and will take action when chair’s statements are not compliant with the law.”UK pensioners increasingly reliant on state benefitsThe number of UK pensioners surviving solely on state benefits has risen to its highest level since 1995/96, according to statistics from pension administration group Equiniti.An analysis of data from the UK’s Office of National Statistics found that 17% of pensioners in 2017/2018 had no other income to boost the cash they receive from the state.The number of pensioners with no supplementary income was up 14% on the previous tax year, according to the analysis.“It is worrying that one in five UK pensioners seems to be entering retirement with no personal savings or investments leaving them to rely solely on the income the state is able to provide,” said Chris Connelly, propositions and solutions director at Equiniti’s pensions business, in a statement.“These figures underline how important it is that people continue to learn about the importance of a later life income.”The research also found that single pensioners are more likely to be reliant on state benefits, with 25% having no additional income to supplement the money they receive from the government.State benefits for UK retirees over the past decade have been slowly increasing, according to Equiniti’s analysis, with the average weekly payment now totalling £229 a week. This equates to 43% of the average pensioner’s income. Occupational pension income had fallen slightly during this time, from £160 to £148 per week. It now accounted for 28% of the average pensioner’s income.Brexit stimulates UK pension risk transfer marketPrudential Retirement closed $2.6bn (€2.3bn) in longevity reinsurance agreements in the first quarter of 2019, it revealed today.It said this was partly driven by UK pension schemes seeking to close deals ahead of the original Brexit deadline of 29 March, referring to an “unprecedented start” to this year’s UK pension risk transfer marketThe retirement division of Prudential Financial said it had assumed the longevity risks for around 16,000 pensioners in the first three months of the year.Amy Kessler, head of longevity reinsurance at Prudential Financial, said pension schemes that were sufficiently well-funded were able to reduce risks and lock in gains.“With funding at the highest levels in a decade, pensions are de-risking at an unprecedented pace,” she said in a statement.“Brexit brings increasing levels of uncertainty that could wash away recent market gains and funding improvements, putting de-risking out of reach for those with lower hedge ratios.”The company said it envisaged that the extension to the Brexit deadline to 31 October would encourage other pension schemes to follow suit, as schemes that have not yet transacted will want to use the “unexpected window”. Separately, Legal & General Group has agreed its first pension risk transfer transaction in Canada.The transaction was worth more than C$200m (€132m) and was written through a strategic partnership between Canadian life insurer Brookfield Annuity Company and Legal & General Reinsurance.Nigel Wilson, chief executive officer of L&G, said the pension risk transfer market was growing strongly in Canada.“The transaction provides further evidence of our appetite and capability to grow our pension risk transfer business internationally,” he added.The London-based insurance group has written £2.5bn of international pension risk transfers since its first such deal in 2015. The cases related to the 2015/16 chairperson’s statement of autoenrolment.co.uk, a master trust sponsored by Smart Pension, and the 2016/17 chairperson’s statement from the Moore Stephens Master Trust. UK pension trustees have been warned they must produce an annual chairperson’s statement that complies with the law or risk a fine from the Pensions Regulator.The warning comes after penalties issued by the regulator were upheld in court, when trustees in two separate cases appealed their fines. The penalties had been originally issued by the regulator because of an absence of necessary information in both schemes’ annual statements.“Annual chair’s statements are an essential way to show pension savers that their scheme is being properly governed and will deliver the retirement benefits they are promised,” explained Nicola Parish, executive director for frontline regulation at the Pensions Regulator.“That’s why it is the law for trustees to produce chair’s statements and make sure they contain all of the necessary information.”last_img read more

May 26, 2017 Police Blotter

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first_imgMay 26, 2017 Police Blotter052617 Batesville Police Blotter052617 Decatur County EMS Report052617 Decatur County Fire Report052617 Decatur County Jail Report052617 Decatur County Law Reportlast_img

USC hosts Zombie Run 5K Friday night

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first_imgOn the run · The Undergraduate Student Government’s Special Events Committee, Trojan Pride and the USC Triathalon team organized a Zombie 5K run Friday night in Pardee Plaza where “zombies” chased participants. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanOn Friday night, the Special Event Committee, Trojan Pride and USC Triathalon partnered to throw the Zombie Run 5K in Pardee Plaza.Participants were given flags and ran two laps around campus while Undergraduate Student Government members painted by makeup artists to look like zombies chased them. The ”zombies” were only allowed to use two limbs to try and take the runners’ flags while they ran around campus.The event was promoted by a social media campaign that had Trojan Pride members and other members of USG change their profile pictures to “zombified” versions of themselves.Trojan Pride Program Director Joshua Chang thought that it was the energy of both the volunteers and the participants that made the event such a success.On the run · The Undergraduate Student Government’s Special Events Committee, Trojan Pride and the USC Triathalon team organized a Zombie 5K run Friday night in Pardee Plaza where “zombies” chased participants. – Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan“The zombies did a great job of scaring all the runners, and I’m glad everyone had a fun time. The impromptu dance party at the end with all the participants was probably the most random and entertaining thing that happened,” Chang said. “I want to thank all the participants and volunteers for making this an outstanding event.”Patrick Macias, a sophomore majoring in industrial and systems engineering, enjoyed seeing so many organizations collaborate together to create a unique experience.“It was a lot of fun to participate in, and it was great to see so many different organizations coming together to run an event.”Avery McEvoy, a junior majoring in environmental engineering, also found the experience enjoyable and unique, as well as eye-opening.“The Zombie Run turned out to be an amazing event. It was hilarious to see Trojans coming together not only to run a 5K, but to also be chased by zombies,” Evoy said via email. “The zombies were very dedicated and realistic, and I definitely heard screams all around campus. This event convinced me of two things. One, I may be less equipped to survive a zombie apocalypse than I thought. Two, Trojans know how to have fun.”last_img read more

USG votes to create sanctuary campus

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first_imgUndergraduate Student Government Senators passed the Sanctuary Campus resolution at the USG meeting on Tuesday, with all but one senator voting yes. The resolution called on the administration to protect and support USC’s undocumented students, staff and their families by not sending information about their immigration status to government officials. Sen. Leena Danpour, who voted against the resolution, raised concerns about the effect that the resolution as is would have on University funds, due to President-elect Donald Trump’s statement that cities that declared themselves sanctuaries would not receive federal funds. Speaker Paul Samaha, however, responded that over 200 universities, many of which are public and therefore rely largely on federal funding, have already declared themselves sanctuary campuses and have not seen their support withdrawn. Following this vote, Treasurer Christian Edwards gave an update on the funding branch of USG, highlighting organizations that were utilizing their funds to put on events, such as Troy Camp, Commedus Interruptus and Corpus Callosum. So far, the funding branch has allocated around $142,000 to member organizations out of approximately $353,000, which is around 40 percent of the budget. According to Edwards, this is because the spring semester usually has more expenses than the fall semester.Sen. Daniel Million then gave an update about his past and present projects, starting with the Trojan Family Welcome Back Festival in the beginning of the year. “The purpose of this was to bring our community together and showcase the different cultures at USC,” Million said. Million said he is also interested in finding a more accessible zero percent interest emergency loan system for students who need to take out loans during the school year, and in passing a resolution to make printing free on campus.Million also mentioned that he is working with the Global Leadership Connection high school conference, which he was involved with in high school. The conference promotes leadership development in high school students, and Million, a first-generation college student, believes this program helped in his path toward college. He wants to implement a mentorship program with USC students and students from nearby high schools.Sen. Alanna Schenk also gave a presentation on her project to create a housing index of University-owned and non-University-owned housing, and working with the head of USC Hospitality to create a cooking series to help students who can’t afford to buy all their meals but also don’t know how to cook. Another of her projects has been to help “rebrand” veterans and debunk any misconceptions through Veterans Awareness Week. Schenk is also looking into getting a widget on the MyUSC homepage for veterans called VETSC, similar to the one for international students. Sen. Daniel Newman focused on two initiatives this semester, which he said was so he could put in his full effort and make greater progress than what would have been made on many smaller projects. His first initiative was to make spring admits feel more welcome on campus. For example, spring admits who moved to the University Gateway apartments in the fall to be closer to the USC community are being penalized by not having priority for the USC Village next year because they are not currently in USC Housing. “A lot of spring admits don’t feel like Trojans until they get to campus in the spring,” Newman said. “Something I’ve really been working on is making them feel like they’re at home when they get that letter in the mail.” Newman is also continuing to follow through on his initiative to make USC smoke- and tobacco-free. The proposal has been passed by the necessary bodies to be seriously considered by the administration, and Newman hopes it will come to fruition.Program Board Executive Director Krystal Chavez then proposed a bylaw amendment that would formalize a process for changing the name of an assembly in program board. This was prompted by the Women’s Student Assembly’s desire to change its name to the Student Assembly for Gender Empowerment.“We want to change our name to make it more inclusive and more accurate based on the work that we do,” said Vanessa Diaz, the director of WSA. “We want to make our organization more welcoming to people who are gender nonconforming and [for] men, because feminism is for everyone.”Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Alanna Schenk organized a career fair for veterans. Schenk did not work on the career fair; that was the Veterans Resource Center.last_img read more

Judge buoyed by O’Neill encouragement

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first_imgHarry Arter is no longer part of the squad this week after returning to Bournemouth with an Achilles injury, while Jeff Hendrick will be hoping that his shoulder injury will have improved ahead of Friday’s friendly against Switzerland.Alan Judge has been told that he can expect some game time this week and the Brentford midfielder says that he’s been given great encouragement by O’Neill and his assistant manager Roy Keane…last_img

Europa: Giroud’s Hat-trick against Dynamo Move Chelsea into Q’final

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first_imgWith the visitors in total control, Alonso tapped in a third goal from Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross before the break.Kiev captain Serhiy Sydorchuk went close to a consolation for the hosts in the second period, hitting the post from close range.But Giroud completed his hat-trick with a header from another Willian corner, before Hudson-Odoi’s placed effort put the gloss on a dominant display.Chelsea will discover their quarter-final and potential semi-final opponents at 12:00 GMT today.While Giroud has started just two Premier League matches for Chelsea in the last four months, he has relished his outings in the Europa League.Since his last domestic goal against Tottenham on 24 November 2018, the 32-year-old has scored eight goals in seven appearances in Europe.And another clinical performance ensured he left the Olympic Stadium in Kiev as the Europa League’s top scorer with nine goals.One-touch finishes for his first two goals of the evening exemplified his prowess from close-range, giving home goalkeeper Denys Boyko no chance.Alertness and anticipation allowed him to steer Willian’s corner past the Kiev keeper for his first goal from around six yards out.And his movement created the space for him to connect powerfully with Alonso’s cross to thump in a second from the centre of the hosts’ penalty area.His final effort, a header from another Willian corner also highlighted his aerial threat as he capitalised on shoddy marking to seal a perfect hat-trick, comprising of right-foot, left-foot and headed goalsShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olivier Giroud (right) celebtaring his hat-trick with Chelsea teammate Willian…last night Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick as Chelsea thrashed Dynamo Kiev to move into the Europa League quarter-finals with an 8-0 aggregate win.The France forward’s early effort from Willian’s corner set the tone for the Blues, who arrived in Kiev with a commanding 3-0 lead from the first leg.Giroud swept in his second of the night from Marcos Alonso’s sublime cross to register his eighth goal in the competition this season.last_img read more

SC Medeama promotes Tanko as head coach

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first_imgPremier league side Medeama SC have promoted assistant coach Ibrahim Shaibu Tanko to the position of head coach following the departure of coach Bashir Hayford to AshantiGold.The former Hearts of Oak deputy trainer joined Medeama last year on a three-year deal as an assistant to head Coach Bashir Hayford.“Coach Tanko is already familiar with the players so management thought it wise to promote him to the post of a head coach,” Albert Commey, Executive Vice President of the club told JOY Sports”We considered competence, familiarity with the players and continuity because we don’t want to have problems with the players and also the philosophy of the coach.”“We also realize that we are in the mid season and the other half is equally important so we don’t want to start all over.Tanko will be assisted by coach Evans Adotey. The Tarkwa based side finished the first round of the league as leaders and will travel to Tema Youth when the Ghana Premier League resumes on Sunday.last_img read more

Liberian, 26, Missing in Ivory Coast

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first_imgA 26 year-old Liberian, identified as Jeremiah Yeamah, has reportedly gone missing in the Ivory Coast after he was allegedly arrested by Ivoirian security officers in the city of Daloa on charges of drug trafficking.According to his father Oldman Henry Yeamah, Jeremiah left Gbarlay, a border town in Liberia, sometime in June this year, and went to the Ivoirian border town of Seipleau, located between the towns of Binhouye and Touleplue to mine gold.After spending a few months in Seipleau, the young man was reportedly hired by another Ivoirian miner to mine gold in Kologo Region, northern Ivory Coast, where, according to his father, he resided for a couple of months with other Liberian friends who were hired by the same miner. Oldman Yeamah said he did not know where his son was arrested, but was informed that in November, his friends who traveled to Kologo returned to Liberia with the information that Jeremiah Yeamah was arrested along with some Ivoirians on November 20 at the checkpoint in Daloa for allegedly trafficking marijuana, a home-grown illegal drug.Mr. Yeamah, in tears, said he has made all efforts to locate his son in every part of Ivory Coast, but to no avail.“I have checked the prison centers in Danane and Man in western Ivory Coast, but he is not there and there is no information to ascertain his whereabouts.“My son doesn’t speak French. He went to Kologo to make a living as a casual miner under an Ivoirian miner, the same that happens around the border where Ivoirians come in when they observe mining activities taking place at the border,” he said.“Even if he committed a crime, his parents should be contacted or traced. My son has a woman with a child and they are currently living with me as we continue to search for him.”Gblarlay is located close to the border with the Ivory Coast, near the western Ivoirian towns of Binhouye and Guelalue (East of Liberia) along the main road to Touleplue.According to reports, there is a gold mining field in Seipleau Town on the Ivorian side of the border, where many Liberians cross to find work. The Ivoirians sometimes do the same when there is a gold rush anywhere along the border towns in Liberia. Residents at the border use the local radio station in Binhouye for radio communications, which makes it very easy to contact people in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more