Pennsylvania Renews Opioid Disaster Declaration for Seventh Time

first_img Press Release,  Public Health Harrisburg, PA – Today marks the seventh renewal of Pennsylvania’s Opioid Disaster Declaration. As has become routine, Pennsylvania will continue its use of a 90-day disaster declaration to fight the opioid crisis. Governor Tom Wolf first signed the declaration in January 2018 as a mechanism for state agencies, third-party organizations and stakeholders to work collaboratively, loosen regulations that slow down access to treatment, and increase efforts on prevention, treatment, and recovery for thousands of Pennsylvanians suffering from the opioid crisis.“The disaster declaration and its provisions remain a strong force in battling the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “Through the Opioid Command Center and its dedicated 17 state agencies collaborating on education, prevention, rescue and recovery, we have been able to make progress that resulted in a deduction in overdose deaths in 2018. But we are far from proclaiming victory and the continuation of the disaster declaration means a continuation of a commitment to doing all we can to fight this scourge on our commonwealth.”Through the collaborative efforts of the Opioid Command Center and its partners, Pennsylvania has:Removed about 285 tons of prescription drugs from our streets through more than 800 take-back boxes,Connected more than 5,000 Pennsylvanians to treatment through a warm hand-off program,Assisted more than 18,000 individuals with accessing treatment through one of 45 Centers of Excellence,Provided guidance to more than 43,000 individuals who have called the 1-800-Get-Help-Now hotline,Administered more than 25,000 live-saving doses of naloxone,Distributed more than 6,000 naloxone kits during the first “Get Help Now Day” in December 2018,Implemented dozens of initiatives to increase access to treatment, aid in recovery, and innovatively spend federal State Opioid Response dollars to maximize their benefit.The commonwealth was recently awarded the second highest amount of federal Department of Health and Human Services state opioid response funding to continue with programs already underway that focus on housing, education, and expanded medication-assisted treatment programs, among others. Since 2017, Pennsylvania has been allocated $141 million in federal funding.The state, under the leadership of the Department of Health and Opioid Command Center, has two planned naloxone kit giveaway days – September 18 and 25 – with 95 locations across the state distributing free kits while supplies last. During the eight-day period between September 18 and 25, multiple state agencies will host or promote programs and initiatives to help fight the opioid crisis.In addition, the Opioid Command Center will host its first Opioid Summit, “Think Globally, Act Locally,” October 1 and 2 in State College. Gov. Wolf will provide opening day remarks for the summit attendees, which will include professionals, community members, families and all others who have been affected by the opioid crisis in PennsylvaniaFind more information on the Opioid Summit.Find more information on the state’s response to the opioid crisis.Read the full disaster declaration renewal. Pennsylvania Renews Opioid Disaster Declaration for Seventh Time SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img September 10, 2019last_img read more

Cleveland Cavaliers beat Golden State Warriors in game five

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers beat Golden State Warriors 112-97 to reduce the deficit to 3-2 in the best-of-seven NBA Finals.LeBron James and Kyrie Irving each netted 41 points to become the first team-mates to score more than 40 points in the same NBA Finals match.Steph Curry scored only 25 points and the Warriors also missed the suspended Draymond Green as they failed to clinch the title on their home court.Warriors return to Cleveland, where they won the 2015 title, in game six.No side has come back from 3-1 down to win the Finals but the Cavaliers will feel they now have the momentum on their home court on Thursday to take it to a decider on Sunday.They hit 10 of 24 three-pointers to hand the Warriors their fourth home loss this season. It was level at 61-61 at half-time, but Cleveland then outscored their hosts 51-36, with Curry particularly wasteful as the Warriors hit just three of 21 three-points during that period.It is now 26 consecutive series for James with at least one road win, extending his NBA record.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more