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The Bills We Need to Get to Gov. Wolf’s Desk to Curb the Opioid Epidemic

first_img By: Nate Spade, Deputy Secretary of Legislative Affairs and Meg Snead, Senior Policy Analyst September 29, 2016   SHARE  TWEET Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog,  Videos Yesterday, Governor Wolf addressed a Joint Session of the General Assembly to outline our collective plan to lead the nation in combatting the opioid and heroin crisis facing Pennsylvania.Watch the supercut of Governor Wolf’s address to a Joint Session on Pennsylvania’s opioid crisis.In order to stem the tide of opioid abuse and make progress for those suffering from the disease of addiction and their loved ones, we must work quickly and efficiently to pass bills to send to Governor Wolf’s desk. During the governor’s address, Governor Wolf said that he hopes to pass legislation that will strengthen the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, improve and increase education about opioid use disorder, limit opioid prescriptions to emergency room patients and minors, require insurance companies to cover abuse deterrent opioids, and establish a voluntary directive if they do not want to be prescribed opioids.Below are a number of specific pieces of legislation that would help to accomplish these goals:Strengthen the Prescription Drug Monitoring ProgramSB1202 (Yaw) HB1805 (Masser): The Governor’s Office has been working with the legislature to explore strengthening the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Database (PDMP) by amending Act 191 of 2014. This would likely be accomplished by amending one of these bills. The amendment would require prescribers to check the PDMP every time they prescribe an opioid and other controlled substances. Current law only requires prescribers to check the PDMP the first time they prescribe an opioid or other controlled substances or if they suspect a patient of suffering from the disease of addiction. In addition, the Administration’s amendment would require dispensers to input prescription data to the PDMP within 24 hours of dispensing. Current law gives dispensers (who are required to enter information into the PDMP when they dispense an opioid or other controlled substance) 72 hours to log in and enter information. The underlying bills require continuing education in pain management and dispensing and prescribing practices of opioids for prescribers and dispensers.Both bills have passed their respective chambers and are in committee in the House or Senate. One of these bills will be the vehicle for the Administration’s ABC-MAP amendment requiring the mandatory query of the PDMP.Improve and Increase EducationSB1368 (Killion): This bill requires that schools that educate opioid prescribers must implement 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. This bill passed unanimously in the Senate on 9/28/16.SB 1212 (Wozniak), HB2333 (Gainey): Amend the Public School Code to require public and charter schools to offer a certain number of hours of education related to opioid abuse. SB1212 passed unanimously in the Senate on 9/28/16. HB 2333 is in the House Education Committee.Limit Opioid Prescriptions to Emergency Room Patients and MinorsHB1699 (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 refill prescriptions that have been lost, stolen, or destroyed. This bill passed the House (174-19) on 6/23/16 and has been referred to the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee.SB1367 (Yaw): This bill amends Title 35 (Health and Safety) to establish restrictions on a physicans’ 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.Insurance Coverage for Abuse Deterrent OpioidsHB1698 (Heffley) – This bill requires health insurance plans and carriers to provide access to abuse deterrent opioids. This bill passed the House (190-3) and has been referred to Senate Banking and Insurance.Establish a Voluntary DirectiveHB 2335 (Gainey): Require DOH to develop and publish a uniform voluntary non-opioid directive form, which could be used by a patient to deny or refuse the administration or prescribing of an opioid drug by a practitioner. This bill is in the House Health Committee. The Bills We Need to Get to Gov. Wolf’s Desk to Curb the Opioid Epidemic Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Inside the Gold Coast’s top 10 property sales of 2018

first_img2230 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove. Inside 9 Hedges Ave at Mermaid Beach. Former V8 Supercar driver Paul Weel sold his Gold Coast beachfront mansion in a $5.5 million deal.The multimillion-dollar sale was cemented following a 60-day settlement period.Weel and his wife Emma bought the property — originally home to a rundown beach shack — for $3.09 million in 2015 103-105 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach. 3250/23 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise. Retired corporate executive David Baird and his wife Marion make two appearances on this list.As well as selling their Isle of Capri home, the pair smashed the Australian sales record for a house fronting a golf course, spending $6.5 million on a property in Sanctuary Cove.The near new luxury property was sold through Matt Gates of Ray White Prestige in an off-market deal.The previous golf-fronted record stood at $4.275 million when Mr Gates sold 2218 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove, last year.No stranger to Sanctuary Cove, the Bairds have owned property there since it was developed. MORE NEWS: Home with own motocross track now the hottest in Australia 31-33 The Corso, Isle Of Capri. 3-7 Sir Lancelot Close, Sovereign Islands. 4/3565 Main Beach Pde, Main Beach, $5.5 million 31-33 The Corso Isle Of Capri. 3-7 Sir Lancelot Close, $11.05 million 9 Hedges Ave at Mermaid Beach. Photo: RP Data M3565 on the Gold Coast’s Main Beach. 3250/23 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise. Harvey Norman CEO Katie Page sold one of the apartments in her boutique M3565 building at Main Beach for $5.5 million.It was the highest price paid for a beachfront apartment on the Glitter Strip this year.The luxury residences hit the market in July 2017.The four-bedroom, fourth-floor apartment, once priced at $7.85 million before being slashed to $6.75 million this year, sold through Robert Graham, of Ray White Prestige. Another Hedges Ave mansion takes out second spot in the top 10.The home was bought by an interstate buyer.The sale was achieved by Kollosche Prestige Agents principal Michael Kollosche and Prestige Property’s Harry Kakavas in April.The sale is the fifth largest on the Mermaid beachfront since the strip’s GFC-induced doldrums. One of the sales — former Billabong investor Scott Perrin’s Gold Coast residential record $25 million deal on his home Tidemark — leads the way. 57 Woodgee St, Currumbin. 57 Woodgee St, Currumbin, $5.6 million It took less than one week for entrepreneurial businessman David Baird and his wife Marion’s property at 31-33 The Corso, Isle of Capri, to be sold to an Asian buyer.“Following the sale of this house we will be moving to Paradise Waters,” Mr Baird, a retired corporate executive, told the Bulletin at the time of the sale.“We didn’t have the house on the market but it sold within a week. It was a very quick sale and we are happy with the outcome.”The sprawling mansion has a raft of luxury features including a waterfront pool, gated entry and manicured gardens. 2230 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove. 57 Woodgee St, Currumbin. 8-10 Marseille Court, Bundall, $9 million 31-33 The Corso, Isle of Capri, $8.8 million 504 The Esplanade, Palm Beach, $5.5 million The riverfront property in the Bundall locale of Sorrento sold for $9 million, smashing the suburb record.Property records show the palatial house at 8-10 Marseille St was bought by investor Robyn Smith in 2007 for $6.2 million.Ms Smith extensively renovated the property — the result being a luxury resort-style residence on a sprawling 2703sq m riverfront block.It was listed at almost $14 million last year before being dropped to $9.95 million. 103-105 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, $11.6 million 3-7 Sir Lancelot Close, Sovereign Islands. 9 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach, $12 million It should come as no surprise the highest property purchase of 2018 belongs to billionaire Clive Palmer who splashed $12 million on a beach house in Mermaid Beach.It has a raft of luxury features including a boxing ring, fully airconditioned gym, 22m lap pool and direct beach access.Mr Palmer bought the home from developer John Potter.He signed up for the four-level Hamptons-style residence after a 20-minute inspection and after getting the thumbs up from wife Anna 504 The Esplanade, Palm Beach. 2230 Arnold Palmer Drive, Sanctuary Cove $6.5 million 103-105 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach- the second highest sale of 2018. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa13 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 3250/23 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise, $9.5 million Coming in a close third is another mega mansion, this time on The Sovereign Islands.Amir Mian, principal of Prestige Property Agents, confirmed the sale of Grande Vista.“It’s just over $11 million,” Mr Mian said. “It is the highest sale on The Sovereign Islands. A local buyer will be moving into it.”The property now holds the sales record on The Sovereign Islands — the record was previously held by Baltimore, a mega mansion that changed hands for $11 million in 2006. 8-10 Marseille Court, Sorrento sold for $9 million earlier this year.MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR views and an endless list of jaw-dropping features.The top Gold Coast sales of 2018 include mansions on the beachfront, sprawling estate, several riverfront residences and even a sky-high penthouse.All top-10 properties come with a long list of luxury features while the top three sales broke the $10 million mark.Real Estate Institute of Queensland Gold Coast zone chairman Andrew Henderson said the prestige sales showed there was strength in the Gold Coast property market.“For a non-capital city there are some big-ticket sales,” he said.“Once you get into that $10 million range it is a very limited residential market, but obviously it shows there is still strength in the Gold Coast market in general.” The sale of a palatial Surfers Paradise apartment for $9.5 million holds the Gold Coast penthouse sale record.Property development company owner Ron Bakir sold the apartment in January.The luxurious skyhome at the Towers of Chevron Renaissance, which spans the 39th and 40th floors, is on one of the most popular tourist strips in the country and took two years to build.It has four bedrooms, five bathrooms, 21 car spaces and panoramic views over the city, beaches, main river and Gold Coast Hinterland. MORE NEWS: Gold Coast mega mansion sells in a deal worth more than $9 million An interstate buyer paid $5.6 million for a spectacular Currumbin beach house, the second highest sale recorded in the suburb.Marketing agent Carol Carter of Queensland Sotheby’s International Realty said the ocean views and quality of the build set the house apart.The highest sale in Currumbin was $8.2 million in 2010 for a six-bedroom house on James St. 8-10 Marseille Court, Sorrento.last_img read more

Riley Dixon executes fake special teams play in 3rd straight game against UVA

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — When Riley Dixon took the field with Syracuse in punt formation with the clock stopped just under three minutes to go in the first half, he wasn’t sure if he was going to punt, or try and run for a first down.“I had confidence that Riley could read it. If he didn’t like it, he could punt it,” SU head coach Scott Shafer said. “If he liked it, he could take it and give us a first down.”When Dixon caught the ball, he gripped it with two hands as he sprinted past the 40-yard line and then midfield. He was tackled by four orange jerseys after gaining 15 yards. The senior punter then jogged off the field, playfully shoving cornerback Corey Winfield as the Syracuse coaches motioned for the offense to get back on the field.The fake punt led to seven Syracuse points later in the drive, making up the 14-7, second-quarter deficit at the time. It was the third fake punt or field goal for Syracuse in the past three games. But the highlight was only a blip in a wild 44-38 triple-overtime loss for Syracuse (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) at Virginia (2-4, 1-1).“Virginia gameplanned for us,” Shafer said. “I can guarantee you that. When we had field goal formation, they had four guys back most of the time, so that was gameplanned.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut even with the extra attention, the faux Heisman hopeful would not be stopped. He ran a rugby-style punt, but had the edge, even though Shafer said he’s shown that this year already.Against LSU, Dixon leapt over a defender, inching ahead 5 yards on a fourth-and-4. Two weeks later, he got 9 yards on a fourth-and-6 that helped Syracuse on a drive that sliced the Bulls lead in half.The added benefit of having an athletic punter, Shafer said, means the defense chooses to usually play it safe, instead of attacking the kicking game as much. In this case, though, Dixon had room to run, and the risk was worth the reward.Said Shafer: “The drum beats on for Dixon for Heisman.” Comments Published on October 17, 2015 at 9:07 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more