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Governor Wolf Commends Passage of Legislative Priority to Address Opioid Epidemic

first_img Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today applauded the passage of a legislative priority to address the opioid epidemic. The legislation, Senate Bill 446, sponsored by Sen. Tom McGarrigle, will give the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) regulatory authority to license or certify recovery homes that receive public funds or referrals from state, county, or federal agencies.“As we continue to battle against the heroin and opioid crisis and provide those recovering from the disease of addiction with the best possible care, I applaud the General Assembly for passing this important legislation,” Governor Wolf said.In October, Governor Wolf outlined his legislative priorities to further address the opioid epidemic, including SB 446.“It’s our goal to provide recovery house residents with a safe, supportive, and drug-and-alcohol-free environment during a critical time in their recovery journey,” Governor Wolf said. “The legislation will require DDAP to create and maintain a publicly accessible registry of all licensed or certified drug and alcohol recovery houses within the commonwealth.”Before Senate Bill 446, recovery homes were only subject to the local ordinances of the municipality or township in which they are located.“Recovery homes can be a safe and productive space for individuals in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction,” Acting DDAP Secretary Jennifer Smith said. “Before this legislation, these homes have had very little regulation and oversight. Licensing these facilities allows DDAP to ensure that these homes are held to the same standard as other treatment facilities. I am grateful that the General Assembly passed this legislation to protect individuals residing in recovery homes around Pennsylvania.”For more information on treatment options in Pennsylvania, county-based resources, and the Wolf Administration’s efforts to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic, visit www.pa.gov/opioid or www.ddap.pa.gov. Governor Wolf Commends Passage of Legislative Priority to Address Opioid Epidemic December 13, 2017center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Hassett, Taylor-Lash and Bradley win Class C state track titles

first_imgFOXCROFT — Three Hancock County boys won events at Saturday’s Class C outdoor track state championships at Foxcroft Academy.For George Stevens Academy, John Hassett took first in the 1,600-meter run with a time of four minutes and 35.75 seconds, and Erik Taylor-Lash won the 1,600-meter race walk in 7:09.06. Bucksport’s Johann Bradley won the pole vault title with a height of 13 feet.Orono won the championship with 78.60 points; Washington Academy took second with 63.Locally, GSA placed fifth of 33 teams with 38.50 points; Bucksport took 22nd with 10; and Deer Isle-Stonington finished 33rd with one.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe following Hancock County athletes also placed:800-meter run: GSA’s John Hassett, third in 2:02.98.4×400-meter relay: GSA’s Walker Ellsworth, Ollie Dillon, John Hassett and Cameron Gordon, third in 3:36.71.4×800-meter relay: GSA’s Ollie Dillon, Aylen Wolf, Trent Williamson and Cameron Gordon, fifth in 8:46.60.Pole vault: GSA’s Erik Taylor-Lash, fifth with 10-06.3,200-meter run: DI-S’s Brendan Penford, seventh in 10:59.32.4×100-meter relay: GSA’s Eason Ye, Walker Ellsworth, Cameron Gordon and Sam Scheff, seventh in 47.02.CLASS B RESULTSMount Desert Island tied for sixth with 39 points in Saturday’s Class B state championship at MDI High School. Foxcroft won with 71 points.Ryan Bender led MDI, taking second in the 100-meter dash (11.31), the 200-meter dash (22.87) and the 400-meter dash (50.87).MDI’s Croix Albee also placed in three events: shot put (fourth with 45-00.50), discus (fifth with 138-08) and javelin (sixth with 150-06).MDI’s Griffin Maristany, Billy Kerley, Josh Bloom and Ryan Bender placed third in the 4×400-meter relay (3:36.88).last_img read more

2 EAC Executives Held in Contempt

first_imgJudge Yamie Gbeisay yesterday held the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and a senior vice president of Equity Assurance Company in contempt and subsequently jailed them for their repeated refusal to adhere to order.Judge Gbeisay of Criminal Court ‘C’ issued the order for the CEO, only identified as Ukauwa, and his deputy Siaka Toure to pay over US$1,500 as insurance liability to Judge Emery Paye, now assigned in Nimba County as Resident Judge.It was their continued refusal to pay the money that prompted Judge Gbeisay to order court officers with the backing of officers of the Liberian National Police (LNP) to enforce the arrest warrant which brought the two senior managers under the jurisdiction of the court.When they were arrested, Gbeisay, without the least delay, instructed the court to commit the pair to the Monrovia Central Prison until they comply with the order.Paye’s vehicle was hit last year by one of Equity’s clients whose identity was not disclosed, and as a result of that accident the judge sustained serious head injuries and his car was badly damaged.After the accident the company’s customer reported the matter to his insurer for compensation of over US$1,500 to have the judge’s car repaired and refund some of his medical expenses, which Paye had already settled and was requesting a refund.But they refused to cover the expenses, although they initially agreed to cover those liabilities.Liability insurance covers damages that a driver is legally responsible for.After an investigation was conducted by the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the company as part of the case, it was established that the client communicated with his insurer.However, although the company’s management had agreed to cover the expenses, up to present they had not done so.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more