Governor Wolf Announces 60,000 Additional Naloxone Kits Available for First Responders Statewide

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces 60,000 Additional Naloxone Kits Available for First Responders Statewide October 20, 2017 Press Release,  Public Safety,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf and first responders gathered in Homewood at Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Station #17 to thank first responders and announce the increased availability of live-saving Naloxone to first responders and law enforcement across the state. The funding, available through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, is being used to purchase approximately 60,000 Naloxone kits.“Naloxone is an incredibly important and lifesaving tool because we cannot get our loved ones, our neighbors, the members of our communities the treatment they need if they die from an overdose of prescription opioids or heroin,” Gov. Wolf said.“Every day, our first responders are saving the lives of Pennsylvanians by administering naloxone and reversing deadly overdoses. Those first responders have already reversed over 3,900 opioid overdoses since 2014. We need to support them in this effort and that’s why this funding from my 2017-18 budget is so critical.”“The range of first responders eligible for naloxone use is much broader than those folks we commonly think of as first responders, such as law enforcement and firemen,” PCCD Chairman Charles Ramsey said. “Individuals who find themselves in positions of being the first person able to respond to an overdose – such as librarians, public transit drivers, and drug treatment providers – are also eligible for the naloxone made available through this state funding.”NARCAN®(naloxone HCI) Nasal Spray is needle-free and does not require assembly. It’s designed for ease of use for nonmedical personnel.  Each kit includes two, 4-milligram doses and will be available to all 67 counties over a two-year period using $5 million in state funding. The kits are supplied by Adapt Pharma.“As a proud Pennsylvania company based in Radnor, we are honored to partner with the commonwealth to increase awareness of and access to NARCAN® Nasal Spray, the only FDA-approved, needle-free formulation of 4-milligram naloxone that does not require assembly or any specialized medical training,” Thomas Duddy, Adapt Pharma Executive Director, Communications said.In addition to Adapt Pharma and first responders, Gov. Wolf was joined by Senator Jay Costa and Representative Ed Gainey, Democratic chairs of the HOPE caucus, a group of state legislators committed to ensuring every Pennsylvanian has access to high quality prevention and treatment of the disease of substance use disorder; Derin Myers, Executive Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency; Jennifer Smith, Acting Secretary for the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs; Dr. Karen Hacker, Allegheny County Department of Health; Wendell Hissrich, Director of Public Safety for the city of Pittsburgh; and Darryl Jones, Chief, Bureau of Fire.The Wolf Administration’s Physician General and Acting Secretary for the Department of Health Dr. Rachel Levine issued a standing order for naloxone in October 2015.In addition, the Gov. Wolf and state agencies have been increasing efforts in the heroin and opioid epidemic fight in multiple additional areas, including numerous programs and initiatives:Working with the legislature to establish a new law limiting the number of opioids that can be prescribed to a minor and to individuals discharged from emergency rooms to seven days;Strengthening the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) through the legislative process so that doctors are required and able to check the system each time they prescribe opioids and benzodiazepines. To date, there have been more than 12 million patient searches made on the system;Forming new prescribing guidelines to help doctors who provide opioid prescriptions to their patients, including guidelines specific to orthopedics and sports medicine;Creating the warm handoff guideline to facilitate referrals from the emergency department to substance abuse treatment;Teaming with the legislature to establish education curriculum on safe prescribing for medical schools;Educating and encouraging patients to properly use, store and dispose of unused prescription medications through drug take-back initiatives, and expanding the number of drug take-back locations to nearly 700.For more information on the standing order for naloxone, visit the Department of Health’s website. For more information about the naloxone application process, visit the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency’s website.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Murdered sex worker was turning her life around, court hears

first_imgOneNews 11 February 2014Christchurch woman Ngatai ‘Mellory’ Manning was in the process of turning her life around after years of prostitution when she was murdered, a court has heard.Ms Manning went missing from Manchester St on the night of December 18, 2008. Her body, partially dressed and badly beaten, was found in the Avon River the following morning.Mauha Huatahi Fawcett, a Mongrel Mob prospect at the time of the murder, has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and killing the 27-year-old.The High Court in Christchurch heard evidence today from Ms Manning’s partner.He said Ms Manning was working one last night as a prostitute to pay for Christmas presents for her family when she was attacked. He said the couple were trying to get off drugs and were taking methadone, a drug prescribed by doctors to help addicts get clean.The Crown alleges Fawcett picked Ms Manning up from Manchester St and took her to a gang pad in Galbraith Ave where she was attacked as part of a gang initiation.Prosecutor Pip Currie yesterday told the jury the Mongrel Mob was taxing sex workers on Manchester St at the time of Ms Manning’s death, and that she had refused to pay them.Ms Manning’s partner told the court she had been working on the street since she was 14 years old, and that she would never have voluntarily get into a gang car, or with someone with a facial tattoo.Several women who worked alongside Ms Manning today spoke of the gang’s standover tactics and intimidation, demanding to be paid $20 for each job the prostitutes did. read more

Hospital Program Brings Additional Physicians To DCH

first_imgDearborn County Hospital will start a Hospitalist Program for inpatient care beginning on Wednesday, October 16. The program will bring four new physicians to DCH and provide for around-the-clock onsite care.A hospitalist is a physician whose practice is dedicated entirely to providing care for patients while they are hospitalized. Hospitalists do not have offices in the community, rather they partner to work cooperatively with and are in touch with area primary care physicians and specialists to oversee and coordinate care for patients during periods of hospitalization.During the patient’s hospital stay, hospitalists will consult and communicate with the patient’s personal primary care physician on a regular basis, in order to better care for the patient’s overall needs. Upon the patient’s discharge, their personal physician will resume providing care.“Hospitalists are utilized in all Cincinnati hospitals and in fact, most facilities throughout the country,” explained Roger D. Howard, DCH President/CEO. “With the rapidly increasing number of regulations and new developments in healthcare today, it is difficult for physicians to keep abreast of all the changes. Hospitalists make it possible for primary care physicians to concentrate on office based medicine, allowing them to care for more patients.”“There is a shortage of primary care physicians now and it will become worse in the near future,” continued Mr. Howard. “Currently, the majority of primary care physicians looking to start a new practice or relocate their existing practice want to refer to and work with a hospital that has a hospitalist program. By partnering with the hospitalists for inpatient care, DCH and the community derive two major benefits. First, it helps our primary care physicians to better address the community’s needs by increasing the number of available office appointments. Secondly, it allows DCH to be more competitive in the recruitment of top flight primary care physicians.To learn more about the DCH Hospitalist Program, please visit the hospital’s website at read more

Vokes close to Burnley return

first_img Vokes has played two full development squad games in recent weeks and, with another pencilled in on Monday against Blackpool, his return appears imminent. “Vokesy is on his way back,” said Dyche, whose men face Tottenham this weekend. “He got another 90 minutes in the other day so he’s right at the end of his transition back into the main first-team squad. We’re really pleased with that and he’s pleased with that. “In the grand scheme of things he’s not had four full games. If you’d finished one season and gone into the next you roughly have a three-month window and during that transition back into playing again you probably have a 45, 75 and minimum of three 90 minutes. That’s with normal shut-down. “He’s had eight and a half months out and we’ve got to be mindful of that when you’re talking about true fitness and true ability to play in the first team. “He’s going well, he’s feeling good and we’re really happy with that at this stage. He’s getting closer.” After a lengthy nine-month absence, Dyche completely understands that Vokes is itching to be involved in first-team affairs again as soon as possible. “It’s a long haul,” said the ex-Watford manager. “I had a few long-term injuries and it’s difficult. You want to be involved all of the time and you know you can’t be. “There’s a lot of individual work, a lot of loneliness . Luckily here, because of the environment we’ve got, you’re almost stumbling across people. “He’s never felt like he’s not involved in it because there’s always some of the players around, the staff around. “But true involvement is playing and I’m pleased for him that he’s back – at least playing – and now it’s moving on to the first team.” However, there is certainly no guarantee Vokes picks up where he left off alongside England Under-21 international Ings in Burnley’s attack. Ashley Barnes’ goal against Southampton last time out moved the east Lancashire club out of the bottom three and was also the second time this season he has grabbed an important winner. Dyche, though, welcomes having such selection headaches. “That’s a dilemma any manager wants,” he conceded. “A lot was made about the financial side but we wanted a group that was demanding of each other with real true competition. I feel we’ve definitely got that. “Where it can take us, we’ll see. But we like the demand that’s in the group and Vokesy will only add to that.” The 25-year-old Wales international was pivotal in last season’s promotion, scoring 21 goals, but has been sidelined since March after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee against Leicester. Clarets manager Dyche has so far been unable to pair Vokes with Danny Ings, a partnership which yielded 47 goals for him last year, but that day could come around the festive period. Burnley striker Sam Vokes is inching ever closer to a first-team Christmas comeback, boss Sean Dyche has said. Press Associationlast_img read more