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


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: Remarks From Governor Wolf’s Announcement of Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (VIDEO) August 26, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

The Latest: 3 stages of Giro d’Italia no longer in Hungary


first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the world (all times local):___1:25 p.m. The England and Wales Cricket board says it made the decision for the players to return home after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket.England was set to play the first test of its two-test series on Thursday, with the second test set for March 27.The ECB says “we look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.”The decision was announced with England playing in a test warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.England also has tests scheduled at home against West Indies in June and Pakistan in late July and August. Associated Press March 13, 2020 German club Nuremberg says its whole team and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after defender Fabian Nürnberger tested positive for the coronavirus.The second-division club decided to conduct tests after two players from previous opponent Hannover tested positive for the virus.Nuremberg was due to play St. Pauli on Sunday but the club has asked the German soccer league to postpone the game.Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday was called off after Hannover decided on Thursday to quarantine its players for 14 days.___ 11 a.m.The French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television.No indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting.___ The handover of the Olympic Flame to the Tokyo organizing committee will go ahead as scheduled on March 19 at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.___11:50 a.m.Soccer in Scotland has been suspended following a similar move in England.The Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League say games are off until “further notice.” More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 1:55 p.m.The Greek Olympic committee says it is suspending the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.The Hellenic Olympic Committee says a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.The committee says it took “the difficult but essential decision to cancel the rest of the program of the flame relay on Greek territory.”It says the decision was taken in coordination with the health ministry and the International Olympic Committee. However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps.___10:40 a.m.The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday. Six first-division games were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Old Firm game between Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic.___12:40 p.m.The Paris-Nice cycling race won’t finish in Nice because of the coronavirus outbreak, and will instead be stopped one day early at the end of Stage 7 on Saturday.The final stage would have taken the race on a 113.5-kilometer (70.5-mile) loop north of Nice. Instead, the race will stop in Valdeblore la Colmiane. The Latest: 3 stages of Giro d’Italia no longer in Hungary ___3:35 p.m.The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to delay the start of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament will now start on April 15 instead of March 29.___ ___11:15 a.m.UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak.The quarterfinal draws in both competitions, scheduled for next Friday, have also been postponed.The decision comes four days ahead of a meeting to decide the European soccer calendar, including the possible one-year postponement of the 2020 European Championship. The first three stages of this year’s Giro d’Italia cycling race in May will no longer be held in Hungary.Writing in a Facebook post, government commissioner Mariusz Revesz says the decision came because of the coronavirus crisis in Italy and Hungary’s declaration this week to ban large outdoor sporting events.Revesz says Hungarian and Italian race organizers would seek contract modifications so the Giro can start in Hungary some other time.___1:20 p.m. All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums.Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.”Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.___ Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of the match against Brighton on Saturday. Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also had a positive test on Thursday, while Everton said Friday that a player had reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and said its squad was self-isolating.Two more clubs said some players or staff would isolate. Bournemouth said Friday that reserve goalkeeper Artur Boruc and four members of staff had symptoms consistent with the virus. Leicester said Thursday that three players had “extremely mild illness” and would self-isolate as a precaution.___10:30 a.m.The England cricket team’s test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. 9:55 a.m.Everton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park.Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday. ___11:10 a.m.The English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus.The league had expected to continue with a full schedule this weekend with fans, but later decided to suspend all matches until April 3 “at the earliest.”The same suspension applies for the three lower divisions overseen by the English Football League and to England’s top two women’s divisions.last_img read more

Men’s basketball: No. 17 Wisconsin holds off fiesty Michigan 68-64


first_imgStruggling teams are sometimes the toughest matchups, especially in college basketball, where anything can happen on any given night.The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team almost learned that the hard way Tuesday night at the Kohl Center, as No. 17 Wisconsin (15-3, 4-1 Big Ten) held on 68-64 against Michigan (12-7, 2-4) in what was a brutal offensive performance for both teams the majority of the game. Although the Wolverines had already suffered in-conference losses to Iowa, Illinois and Maryland, they looked like a team unnerved by their 2-3 conference record.Marissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldThe score was tied at 49 with 4:30 to go, and senior guard Bronson Koenig did what he does best — drill clutch 3-pointers, this one from about four feet behind the arc. He followed that bomb with another, this time right in front of the Badger bench, to give UW a 55-49 lead it would not look back on.The unconsciousness from Koenig, who had a team-high 16 points, was a personal 10-0 run and part of a 15-0 run the Badgers used to climb out of a second-half deficit due in large part to dismal offensive execution. Senior forward Nigel Hayes (13 points) received a fortuitous bounce from the rim on a three to increase the UW lead to 58-49.Koenig scored just three points in the first half, and took it upon himself to take over with UW trailing late.“I was pretty frustrated the whole game because I just wasn’t getting many looks,” Koenig said. “I knew I had to get myself going somehow, especially with the game was going. I told myself to keep staying aggressive. I’ve taken over games before, so I just needed to stay confident and stay on the attack.”Still, Michigan found itself down just two points with four seconds remaining, but a pair of Koenig free throws with 14 seconds on the clock sealed the deal for Wisconsin’s 17th-straight home victory. Michigan senior guard Zak Irvin scored a game-high 20 points to lead the Wolverines, and fellow senior guard Derrick Walton Jr. provided 15 points.Men’s basketball: Matt Ferris could be the best Badger you’ve never heard ofNobody at the University of Wisconsin recognizes Matt Ferris. At least that’s what he says. The men’s basketball team junior Read…With the game tied at 43 and 7:13 left, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rockman nailed a 3-pointer and Duncan Robinson followed suit on the Wolverines’ next possession, giving them a 49-43 lead with 6:29 remaining. But Wisconsin countered with a 6-0 run to tie the game, in which Koenig finished off two tough layups on the two possessions before he began connecting from three.Trailing 38-30 with 12:40 left, UW freshman guard D’Mitrik Trice stepped to the foul line and made his first attempt. He missed the second, but redshirt-sophomore forward Ethan Happ (11 points) crashed the boards for an offensive rebound and fed a wide-open Trice for a corner three to make it 38-34.UW head coach Greg Gard said staying within striking distance gave his team the confidence to come from behind and avoid the upset.“Irvin got hot for a little bit, played really for them,” Gard said. “But to be able to get enough stops [was big], I thought Trice’s three was really big.”A tough bucket inside from Hayes cut the lead to two before Michigan coach John Beilein called timeout. Robinson drilled a three to put the Wolverines up 41-36. A Happ and-one tied it at 43 with 8:17 left.Men’s basketball: Badgers sitting 17th in the country, second in the Big TenWith four conference games down and 14 more to go, the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team is sitting at Read…For a while, Michigan could not lift the lid off the basket, suffering a nearly nine-minute drought without a field goal and just two points that carried from the first half into the second half. Yet, they tailed Wisconsin by just five at halftime and used a 17-2 run to lead 38-30, before Trice’s four-point possession woke up the Badger offense.While the offensive output down the stretch provided for an exciting finish, the first half was anything but that, as Michigan did not make a shot after Abdur-Rockman’s 3-pointer tied the game at 19 with 7:11 remaining in the first half. Free throws from Moritz Wagner (10 points) accounted for the rest of the Wolverines’ first-half points. It wasn’t until the 18:15 mark in the second half when Michigan finally bought a bucket, and then some, cueing up their 7-0 run to tie the game.Marissa Haegele/The Badger HeraldOnly four Badgers scored through the game’s first 20 minutes. Vitto Brown scored nine of his 11 points in the frame. Wisconsin shot just 38 percent (11-for-29 and 2-for-9 from three) from the field, but Michigan’s poor shot selection restricted them to just eight made field goals on 25 attempts. UW’s 16-6 edge on points in the paint proved as the difference-maker in the first half, and UW finished outscoring Michigan 32-16 in the paint.The win moved Wisconsin into a tie for first place in the Big Ten with Maryland. Through the first three weeks of conference play, UW and Maryland stand as the only teams with one Big Ten loss.“Everyone is beating everyone,” Hayes said. “It’s nothing we really worry about. We just worry about my guys in our locker room and make sure we take care of business on our end. We knew they were going to be a tough game, actually tougher in some aspects than we thought. That’s what we expect in the Big Ten.”last_img read more

Manchester United and Robin van Persie could be reunited!


first_imgAnd the teams they will avoid based on rankings/seedings:The Spanish clubs (Valencia, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla)Bayer LeverkusenShakhtar DonetskAjax 3 The Champions League final qualifying round fixtures take place in a couple of weeks and a potentially intriguing showdown could lie in wait.Manchester United, by virtue of finishing fourth in last season’s Premier League, will enter a play-off in their bid to return to the main competition after a one-year hiatus.And, after agreeing to sell Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce this week, the Red Devils could well be drawn against the Turkish runners-up and prompt a rather enticing return for the Dutchman.Louis van Gaal’s men, courtesy of their UEFA coefficient, will avoid some of the stronger teams from Spain and Germany when the draw is made in Nyon on August 7.But progress to the group stages is far from a formality – just ask Arsenal fans. Last season, the Gunners scraped through with a 1-0 aggregate victory over Besiktas, and a team of similar calibre could harm United’s chances.Given United are 10th in the European club rankings, here are some of the possible teams they could face:CSKA MoscowLazioMonacoAnderlechtClub BruggeFenerbahcePanathinaikosYoung BoysRapid WienSparta Prague 3 Robin van Persie CSKA MoscowManchester City will know all about the Russian side after failing to beat them home or away in the group stages last season. Manuel Pellegrini’s side blew a two-goal lead in Russia in October before losing 2-1 at the Etihad a month later. CSKA might not be the force they were then, particularly after the departure of City’s scourge Seydou Doumbia to Roma in January, but an away trip to Moscow isn’t likely to be on Van Gaal’s wishlist. The likes of Alan Dzagoev, Ahmed Musa and former Red Devil Zoran Tosic are ones to keep an eye on.MonacoThe French side arguably over-performed in last season’s competition after succumbing to eventual runners-up Juventus in the quarter-finals. Their highly impressive two-leg victory over Arsenal in the previous round raised a few eyebrows, with much of their success based on a miserly defence. They may have lost Geoffrey Kondogbia and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco this summer, but their capture of AC Milan forward Stephan El Shaarawy (below) is a statement of intent. FenerbahceIs an almost immediate return in the offing for Van Persie? The Dutchman has pledged to bring the Turkish league title back to Fenerbahce in the coming season after losing out to Galatasaray last time round, and their squad has plenty of experience to do so. Another former Red Devil, Nani, has also just joined the Istanbul-based club, while they also have ex-Premier League players Raul Meireles and Joseph Yobo in their ranks. The most daunting aspect of a possible showdown might well be the renowned hostile atmosphere in Turkey, though. So who are the teams the Red Devils would do well to avoid?LazioThe Italian giants joined their arch rivals Roma in the competition for the first time since 2007 after effectively beating Napoli 4-2 in a shootout for third in Serie A. They are dangerous too, with former United target Stefan de Vrij marshalling the defence and Felipe Anderson (below) catching the eye in attacking positions. If Brazilian Anderson decides to snub rumoured approaches from some of Europe’s heavyweights this summer, Lazio could really pose a threat over two legs. 3last_img read more