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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

Wellington advances to Chaparral Championship with Kingman win

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Thank you for your input. +2 Vote up Vote down sore loser · 289 weeks ago Is that a 5th grader guarding Trevor Nance in that pic? Report Reply 0 replies · active 289 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Ted Logan · 289 weeks ago “Kingman came out and punched us in the mouth” So, did they use ladders or just give each other a boost up? Report Reply 0 replies · active 289 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments By Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — For the second consecutive year, the Wellington boys are in the Chaparral Roadrunner Classic Championship. The Crusaders advanced with an impressive 66-54 semifinal win over Kingman Friday night.Wellington would pull itself out of a 17-4 first-quarter quagmire to tie the game at the end of the second quarter. Then an energized third quarter in which the Crusaders would outscore the Eagles 21-12 would lead to a double-digit win.“Kingman came out and punched us in the mouth,” said Brian Buchanan, Wellington head boys basketball coach. “But the boys responded in the second and third quarter and took back the game. I really thought Colin (Reichenberger) gave us a spark tonight with his unselfish play.” Him and Trevor Nance, who would score 24 points.“They put a box and 1 on (Nance) in the second half and for some reason he just flourishes when two defenders are on him,” Buchanan said.After the first eight minutes though, nobody would have guessed that Wellington would be shooting free throws in the fourth quarter to preserve the lead.Kingman would go on a 17-2 run in the first quarter that included a couple of treys, a few steals, and a Wellington technical foul to start the game. The score was 17-4 and looking ever bit like a Titanic ride for the Dukes.But before quarter’s end Tyler Pettegrew would hit a trey to put Wellington within shouting distance 17-7 and spark a comeback.That set up a second quarter in which Wellington would continue on its 10 point run and was within three 21-18 midway through the second stanza. A.J. Snipes hit a couple buckets late in the quarter to tie the game. Kingman led 28-26 at the half.“Sometimes when teams have to make that huge comeback, they relax and fall behind again,” Buchanan said. “But we didn’t do that. We maintained the intensity through the third quarter.”After securing its first lead in nearly 16 minutes, Wellington rolled to a 40-33 lead and was in front 49-42 going into the fourth.Kingman didn’t exactly help itself in the fourth, throwing up shots that were bleak at best. Eventually Kingman was left with fouling. Wellington may have secured victory sooner had it made a few more free throws down the stretch. They were 13 of 22 in the fourth down the stretch. Buchanan said there would be lots of free throws going in – and there was. However, neither team shot the free throws particularly well. Kingman was 9 of 20 while Wellington was 17 of 32 for the game.The Crusaders await the winner of the Chaparral – Clearwater game. Tipoff for the championship game is 6 p.m. Saturday. Wellington 66 Kingman 54Kingman 17 13 12 12 — 54Wellington 7 21 21 17 — 66Wellington: Gilmore 6, Phelps 9, Reichenberger 3, Nance 24, Pettegrew 5, Snipes 12, King 8. Total: 20 (3) 17-32, 66.Kingman: Bradshaw 14, Adelhardt 8, Carson 10, Garrison 11, Maloney 8, J. Campbell 2. Total: 15 (5) 9-20 54.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Champions League: Antoine Griezmann stars as Atletico Madrid outplay Leicester City

first_imgLeicester City left the Vicente Calderon stadium with a 1-0 defeat by Atletico Madrid but their chances of reaching the Champions League semi-finals were still intact on Wednesday. (Ronaldo creates history)The Spanish side outplayed the English champions in their quarter-final first leg but were only able to leave with Antoine Griezmann’s penalty to their credit.Leicester failed to register a single shot on Jan Oblak’s goal in the entire game and only had 36 percent possession but manager Craig Shakespeare was content with his team’s performance.”We know it will be a very difficult return leg,” he told a news conference.”We have a very good home record at the King Power. Our fans enjoy these Champions League nights.”We need to create more chances. We need to attack more than we did tonight, but we are aware of what we have to do in the second leg.” Leicester were beaten 2-1 away at Sevilla in the first leg of their last-16 tie but earned a 2-0 victory in the second leg to progress 3-2 on aggregate.Atletico coach Diego Simeone recognised the difficulties of playing at the King Power and said he expects a raucous atmosphere in Leicester. “In England we expect a fantastic football night,” he said.(We’re ready for) a great atmosphere and a stadium with the fans on top of you. We expect a pure football night.”Leicester knew what they wanted (here) and didn’t change the way they played.”Leicester striker Jamie Vardy completed just one pass during the game as the visitors focussed on keeping Atletico at bay rather than trying to create any opportunities themselves.advertisementOn one of the rare occasions they did move forward the hosts made them pay, with Griezmann breaking at speed and being brought down in the area by Marc Albrighton.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more