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

President dubs Upper Mazaruni Games 2016 an ‘Olympic Affair’

first_img… Finals to be held under lightsTHE 2016 edition of the Upper Mazaruni District Games opened on Sunday to the words of President David Granger dubbing the one-week event a local version of the Olympic Games.“We have the Olympics right here only the fireworks are missing,” were the words of the Head of State as he spoke to more than four hundred athletes from twelve villages who converged on Kamarang/Warawatta village.“Whenever I go to the other regions I always tell them about the Upper Mazaruni games, where villages come, where people walk sometimes for one or two days sometimes even longer to reach their destination,” the President said.Director of Sport Christopher Jones takes part of a meet-and-greet session with the participants of the Upper Mazaruni Games 2016. Director of Sport Christopher Jones takes part of a meet-and-greet session with the participants of the Upper Mazaruni Games 2016.He continued, “They come on foot they come by canoe. There is no other part of Guyana where we can see ten or twelve villages coming together voluntarily with their own resources to have fun to have games like Upper Mazaruni.”The President expounded on his pride to see the community-based involvement throughout the hinterland region, adding, “Sometimes I see nursing mothers just set aside their babies to go and play football, win the match, come back and continue nursing their babies, smiling.”The Head of State added that he and his government will continue to contribute to that happiness “by helping you to make the games bigger and better every year” while also throwing out a challenge to other communities like Bartica, to pick up and run with the initiative.The President was accompanied by First Lady Sandra Granger, Vice-President and Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs Sydney Allicock, Minister within the Ministry of Education Nicolette Henry, Minister within the Ministry of Communities Dawn Hastings-Williams, Director of Sport Christopher Jones, Regional Chairman Gordon Bradford, Regional Executive Officer Roderick Edinboro and Ministerial Adviser to the Minister of Indigenous People’s Affairs Mervin Williams.The day’s activities began with a joint religious service where members from the various denominations gathered for praise and worship.However, on the stroke of noon, the teams all decked out in their respective club uniforms began a colourful parade approximately a quarter of a mile from the airstrip and converged on the centre of attention – the Kamarang Playfield.There, Vice-President Allicock, Minister Hastings-Williams, Regional Chairman Bradford and Regional Executive Officer, Toshao Norma Thomas all took the salute.Vice-President Allicock, in acknowledging the leading role Upper Mazaruni District continues to play in sport, urged them to continue in this vein which can serve as a springboard for attaining international status.After officially declaring the Games open, Director of Sport Christopher Jones said the Ministry of Education and the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport had contributed fuel for the games to the tune of $400 000, trophies for male and female champions as well as gear for a number of sport disciplines.However, what was monumental was the donation of floodlights for the Kamarang Playground which will ensure this year’s games and future games are played under floodlights – the first of such developments in sport for the region.Also adding to the excitement was a cultural dance that showcased the talents of the indigenous people as well as a parade by the Master Guide Club from Paruima.The Mini Totem Pole, a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Indigenous People’s Affairs and Cell Phone giant Digicel, was also on display and persons were allowed photo opportunities with the sculpture.When the action got going Kamarang’s Male Tigers walloped Waramadong, while the encounter between the female teams saw a reverse in the results at the final whistle.last_img read more

Cricket News Watch – This Kashmiri boy bowls Shane Warne over with his version of ‘Ball of the century’

first_imgNew Delhi: Australia legspinner, Shane Warne, played in his first Test against England in Old Trafford 1993 was preparing to square off against England’s Mike Gatting, considered the best player of spin. Warne, who was playing his first Test in England, produced a magical moment that left the cricketing world in awe. The ball left Warne’s hand and it fizzed through the air, it drifted in on leg stump and it gripped the surface. Gatting looked to cover the line but the ball spun away sharply and it hit the top of off stump. Gatting was bowled emphatically and former legendary commentator, the late Richie Benaud, summed up his expression when he said on air, “Gatting has absolutely no idea what has happened to it. He still doesn’t know.” The media dubbed this delivery as the ‘ball of the century’.Read More | ‘Enjoy your debut’ – Rohera remembers dad’s words after world record In the last 25 years, there have been several attempts to recreate this delivery. Recently, in a video that has gone viral, one seven-year-old boy from Kashmir has recreated Warne’s magic delivery. In a video shared by Kashmiri journalist Mufti Islah, the boy prepares to bowl the delivery with a very short run-up. Rubbing the ball vigorously, he takes two steps and deliveries the ball with lot of air outside leg stump. The left-handed batter looks to leave the ball but the ball spins back in sharply and hits leg stump.Read More | Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara become this Australian offspinner’s bunnies For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The 44-second video has received close to 600 retweets and over 2000 likes. Warne also spotted the video and remarked on his Twitter handle that he was mighty impressed with the boy. The video became so popular that during the lunch session on day 2, host broadcasters Fox Sports shared the video on Instagram and it received a big thumbs up from Warne. Warne is credited to have revived the art of legspin in the 90s and in the starting of the 21st century. He formed a potent combination with the likes of Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Brett Lee in the start of the decade and these four played a huge part in Australia’s dominance in that era. Warne finished with 708 wickets from 145 Tests with 37 five-wicket hauls and ten 10-wicket hauls. last_img read more