July 06, 2020 Gov. Wolf: Opioid Command Center Releases Strategic Plan, a Roadmap to Fight the Epidemic Press Release, Substance Use Disorder It’s been more than two years since Governor Tom Wolf signed the first 90-day disaster declaration to empower state agencies and partners to collectively battle the opioid epidemic. Since that date, the declaration has been renewed 10 times, most recently on May 22. If not for the focused, dedicated efforts of the members of Gov. Wolf’s Opioid Command Center, established through the disaster declaration, the recent pandemic might have stalled efforts to combat the opioid crisis, but today, the Opioid Command Center released its strategic plan, highlighting accomplishments to date and providing a roadmap for the continued work to help those with substance use disorder.“By leveraging the diverse strengths and skillsets brought together through the Opioid Command Center, we have been able to make great strides in saving lives and reducing negative outcomes for those suffering with a substance use disorder,” Gov. Wolf said. “I offer my thanks to everyone involved in these crucial efforts.”This strategic plan aims to continue the successes of the Opioid Command Center as well as implement new policies to remove barriers and develop additional initiatives to address the everchanging need for support and resources. Stakeholders were consulted throughout the process of developing the plan to understand the unique challenges facing communities in Pennsylvania and plan developers examined data on a regular basis to monitor effectiveness and target areas of need.While opioids remain a large public health and safety threat, much of the feedback indicated a need to include other substances that are commonly misused, so the scope of the Opioid Command Center has been expanded beyond opioids to encompass other urgent emerging trends, such as the use of stimulants and polysubstances, and other concerns.The plan, available here, includes five goal areas: prevention, rescue, treatment, recovery and sustainability.Prevention involves reducing the risk of substance misuse through education and limiting the availability of addictive substances, as well as continuing efforts to reduce the stigma of the disorder as a disease not a moral failing.Rescue efforts are defined as establishing sustainable methods to provide life-saving measures and increase access to harm-reduction services.Treatment means promoting access and reducing barriers for individuals, and supporting the professionals who treat those with a substance use disorder.Recovery involves promoting supportive services for individuals in recovery. And sustainability includes the work to implement long-lasting policies and regulations to support the other four goals of prevention, rescue, treatment and recovery efforts.“Even amidst a national pandemic, the opioid crisis has continued, and in some ways become more of a challenge,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Our commitment to addressing the opioid crisis remains steadfast, and to assist those with the disease of addiction. We want those affected to know that help is available, treatment works, and recovery is possible.”“As the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, our primary goal is to ensure all Pennsylvanians have the opportunity to live healthy, substance-free lives,” said DDAP Secretary Jen Smith. “Through the development of the Command Center, Governor Wolf has provided critical staff and resources to help support our goal in the midst of the opioid epidemic. This roadmap will be an invaluable asset as we continue to navigate the epidemic and the rise of stimulant usage.”Ver esta página en español. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Longtime NASCAR driver Mike Stefanik, 61, dies in plane crash Richard Childress Racing to release Daniel Hemric after Cup Series season Paul Menard retiring from full-time NASCAR racing after 2019 season And then there were 12.Chase Elliott won the Bank of America Roval 400 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway road course Sunday as the NASCAR playoff field was cut from 16 to 12. Ryan Newman and Alex Bowman provided some late-race drama, vying for the final spot in the Round of 12. Newman appeared to have the edge until he missed a chicane with a couple of laps remaining and had to serve a pass-through penalty.Ryan Newman MISSED THE CHICANE!WOW! #NASCARPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/fWlnGapu1X— NASCAR on NBC (@NASCARonNBC) September 29, 2019Bowman, who finished second behind Elliott, advanced into the Round of 12 thanks to Newman’s misfortune. Related News Playoff points are added to a championship-contending driver’s reset points total at the start of every round of the playoffs until they are eliminated from championship contention.At Homestead-Miami, playoff points are off the table and the Championship 4 drivers enter the “winner-take-all” race tied in the standings. Cup playoff information provided by NASCAR. In addition to Newman, Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch and Erik Jones were knocked out.Elliott mounted an amazing comeback, after crashing into the Turn 1 tire barrier with 45 laps remaining and dropping to the back of the field. The Hendrick Motorsports driver passed Kevin Harvick with six laps remaining to take the lead for good. After the race, Elliott drove to the spot where he plowed into the tire barrier and celebrated with a burnout.Best celebration of the year? @chaseelliott | #NASCARPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/3cPofP2sqD— NASCAR (@NASCAR) September 29, 2019″If there’s ever a lesson to not quit, today was the example,” Elliott told NBC afterward.It’s the third win of the season for Elliott, and career win No. 6.The NASCAR Playoffs continue Oct. 6 with the Drydene 400 at Dover International Speedway.NASCAR playoff points standings 2019RankDriverWinsPointsNo. 1Kyle Busch43,046No. 2Martin Truex Jr.63,041No. 3Denny Hamlin43,030No. 4Joey Logano23,029No. 5Kevin Harvick33,028No. 6Chase Elliott33,024No. 7Brad Keselowski33,024No. 8Kyle Larson03,006No. 9Alex Bowman13,005No. 10Ryan Blaney03,004No. 11William Byron03,001No. 12Clint Bowyer03,000No. 13Aric Almirola02,081No. 14Ryan Newman02,070No. 15Kurt Busch12,056No. 16Erik Jones12,009No. 17Daniel Suarez0707No. 18Jimmie Johnson0701No. 19Paul Menard0631No. 20Chris Buescher0598No. 21Matt DiBenedetto0555No. 22Ricky Stenhouse Jr.0542No. 23Austin Dillon0539No. 24Ty Dillion0495No. 25Daniel Hemric0409No. 26Bubba Wallace0403No. 27Ryan Preece0387No. 28Michael McDowell0383No. 29Corey LaJoie0325No. 30David Ragan0320No. 31Matt Tifft0304No. 32Reed Sorenson092No. 33Quin Houff073No. 34Jamie McMurray019No. 35Austin Theriault015No. 36Andy Seuss09No. 37Stanton Barrett02No. 38Casey Mears01How the NASCAR playoffs work:Sixteen NASCAR drivers qualified for the playoffs. Four were eliminated in the Sept. 29 race at Charlotte. Four more will be eliminated in the Oct. 20 race at Kansas, and four more will fall out at Phoenix on Nov. 10, leaving the final four drivers to compete straight up for for the NASCAR Cup title Nov. 17 at Homestead-Miami Speedway as the first of the four playoff drivers to cross the finish line is crowned the champion.How drivers earn points:– Win Stage 1 or Stage 2 in a race: 1 playoff point (point awarded per stage win)– Win a race: 5 playoff points– Win the regular-season championship: 15 playoff pointsSecond place in the final regular-season standings earns 10 playoff points, third place receives eight points, and the points awarded decline to one point for 10th (4th = 7 points, 5th = 6 points, etc.).Championship-contending drivers can accumulate additional playoff points throughout the playoffs via stage and race wins and may use all the playoff points they earn, from both the regular season and the playoffs, to advance all the way up to the Championship 4.
FILE – In this Oct. 9, 2017 file photo Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, left, and Gordon Hayward look on from the bench during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Boston. Last season hopes were high for the Celtics in the preseason with a new-look roster that included Irving and Hayward. Five minutes into the season opener everything changed with Hayward’s gruesome leg injury. It happened again late in the season with Irving was lost to knee surgery. With both back and healthy, Boston is embracing being called the presumptive favorites in the Eastern Conference. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson, file)The roadblock has been removed. With LeBron James gone, the path to the NBA Finals from the Eastern Conference is open again.Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and more are hoping to win the race to it.ADVERTISEMENT 8. Detroit — A full season with Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin together should be enough to get the Pistons back into the postseason.IN THE MIX9. Cleveland — Kevin Love and the remainder of the Cavaliers that James left behind should still be good enough to fight for a spot in the top eight.10. Charlotte — The Hornets will host an All-Star Game in February. They’ll try to host playoff games in April.FACING LONG ODDS11. Orlando — Steve Clifford is the latest coach to try to mix a collection of young players into one that can defend enough to be a decent team.12. Brooklyn — Nets made a seven-win improvement last season even while being dismal at defending and rebounding. Do either better and they can take another leap.13. New York — Kristaps Porzingis remains out indefinitely while rehabbing a torn ACL, so new coach David Fizdale will give rookie Kevin Knox an early green light.14. Atlanta — Trae Young may be exciting to watch, but he won’t be able to stop another long season of losing in Atlanta.15. Chicago — The Bulls of Tom Thibodeau were veterans who always defended hard. The Bulls of Fred Hoiberg have been none of the above. “It’s great that LeBron has taken his talents out West because it opens up the doors for not only a lot of these young players, but these organizations now. Fresh blood, something new to kind of see who can compete for that Eastern crown.”The Celtics nearly won it last year, falling to the Cavaliers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals. They were without the injured Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, and now that the two stars are healthy and have rejoined Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Al Horford and the rest of a deep team that made a valiant run without them, Boston is probably the favorite in the East.But there’s intrigue beyond that, which rarely existed during James’ reign. Philadelphia finished strong in its first season with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons playing together, and now might get a full one with 2017 No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz joining them after his shoulder problems last season.Toronto shook up a 59-win team by firing coach Dwane Casey and shipping DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio in the trade for Kawhi Leonard, and Indiana bolstered a team that took Cleveland to seven games in the first round.Any of them have a chance to get to the place that James wouldn’t let them.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments Lakers-Warriors most-watched NBA preseason game ever on ESPN “An appearance in the finals is going to be sweet,” Embiid said.A look at the East, in predicted order of finish:PLAYOFF BOUND1. Boston — Depth of talent is not only tops in the East, but comes closest in the NBA to rivaling Golden State’s.2. Philadelphia — If either Simmons or Fultz develops a jump shot to open things up more for Embiid, look out.3. Indiana — Victor Oladipo has emerged as an All-Star and the Pacers are balanced behind him.4. Toronto — If Leonard is fully healthy and motivated, Raptors added a top-five player to a 59-win team.5. Milwaukee — Giannis Antetokounmpo is going to make the Bucks fun to watch in their new arena.6. Washington — John Wall and Bradley Beal will give the Wizards plenty on the perimeter, but they need Dwight Howard provide a boost on the interior.7. Miami — Heat won’t want to send Dwyane Wade into retirement without one final playoff appearance. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title WHAT TO KNOWCANADA’S CHANCE: The Raptors gambled on acquiring Leonard from San Antonio, and now Toronto has a year to show him it’s worth sticking around when he becomes a free agent next summer.BEST MAN: A popular question after James left was who is the best player now in the East? Irving, Embiid, Antetokounmpo and Leonard are among those who can make compelling cases.HOWARD’S HEALTH: Dwight Howard has sat out his first preseason with the Wizards because of a balky back, the kind of injury that can sometimes linger, and Washington needs a presence in the middle no matter how good its backcourt is.OPENING NIGHT PREVIEW? Cleveland and Boston met in the opening game in the East last season and ended up squaring off in the conference finals. This time, it’s Boston and Philadelphia to open things in the East and they’ll be good candidates to close them.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college James ruled over the East for eight years, making four straight trips to the finals from Miami and then moving back to Cleveland in 2014 and getting there every year since.From Boston to Indiana, up north in Toronto all the way down to Atlanta, teams would emerge with what they thought was a title contender only to see James send them home for the summer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissNow King James has abdicated his throne and moved to Los Angeles, and there should be rejoicing in the land he left behind.“It’s a new lease on life in the Eastern Conference,” said Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Reggie Miller, who faced a similar situation when he played in the East during the era of Michael Jordan’s Bulls. 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