Gov. Wolf: Opioid Command Center Releases Strategic Plan, a Roadmap to Fight the Epidemic

first_img 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.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Held over for 2nd week! – Jungle Book at Wellington Regent

first_imgThis week at the Regent Theater: The Jungle Book (see trailer below).Schedule: Friday 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m.Rated: PG (for some sequences of scary action and peril). Time: 1 hour 51 minutes.Movie Synopsis: In this reimagining of the classic collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling, director Jon Favreau uses visually stunning CGI to create the community of animals surrounding Mowgli (Neel Sethi), a human boy adopted by a pack of wolves. The appearance of a villainous tiger named Shere Khan (voiced byIdris Elba) forces Mowgli’s guardian, the panther Bagheera (Ben Kingsley), to shepherd the child to safety in the “man village.” allowfullscreen>Rotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 94%. Audience review: 92% liked it. Critic’s consensus: As lovely to behold as it is engrossing to watch, The Jungle Book is the rare remake that actually improves upon its predecessors — all while setting a new standard for CGI.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to 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 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 commentslast_img read more

Madun Sanyang Granted Bail in GNPC Trial

first_imgBy Rohey JadamaJustice O. Otaba of the Special Criminal Division of the Banjul High Court has yesterday exercised his discretion in favour of Mr. Madun Sanyang, by granting bail to him in the sum of 900,000 US Dollars.Mr. Sanyang alongside Sira Wally Ndow-Njai,  Momodou O.S Badjie, Fafa Sanyang, Cherno Marena, Seedy Kanyi, Muntaga Momodou Sallah, Momodou Faal, Louie Moses Mendy and Noah Touray are jointly charged  with economic crimes, conspiracy to commit felony, neglect of official duty, disobedience of statutory duty and destroying evidence, they however deny any wrong doing.When the case was called Lawyers Antouman A.B.Gaye, Omar M.M Njie and Combeh Gaye appeared for Mrs.Ndow-Njai, Lawyer Ebrima Sanneh for Mr. Badjie , Mr. Fafa Sanyang,  Mr. Kanyi, Mr. Mendy, Mr. Touray and Madun Sanyang. Lawyers Hawa Sisay-Sabally, Yassin Seneghore and B. Bouye appeared for Mr Marena. Lawyer E. Chime appeared for Mr Sallah and Lawyers C.E Mene S. Taal and S. Sillah for Mr.Faal.  The state was represented by B. Jaiteh.Delivering his ruling on the bail application, Justice Otaba said the applicant is charged with one count of Economic Crime and one count of Conspiracy to commit felony.He said the state (the respondent) also filed an affidavit opposing the bail application of the applicant. He held that he had perused the reliefs sought by the applicant especially, paragraphs 6-15 and the briefs filed by both parties.Justice Otaba, noted that the charges the applicant is charged with are all bailable. He consequently exercised his discretion in favour of the applicant and granted him bail in the sum of $900,000(Nine-Hundred Thousand US Dollars) with two Gambian sureties having landed property in like sum and he further ordered the applicant to submit his travelling documents to the Principal Registrar of the High Court and ruled that the applicant enters into a recognizance.At this juncture, State Counsel Jaiteh told the court that their witness is engaged in a security duty throughout the length and breadth of the country. He applied for the matter to be adjourned till 22 December, 2016.Without any objection from the defence team, Justice Otaba granted the application and adjourned the case to the above mentioned date at 11am for continuation of hearing.last_img read more