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
By Alonzo N. PerryResidents of Gold Camp, Grand Cape Mount County in Gola Konneh District, late Monday afternoon were met with astonishing news of the death of a 28 year-old man, identified as (Daddy Boy), whose body was discovered in his room lying in blood with a deep wound in his left chest at about 5:p.m.According to residents in the area, the deceased was familiar to them, because he was always helpful and most of all a well-known community football player, who hailed from the Sinkor area in Montserrado County.“He was here, hoping to work with Bea Mountain mining company,” a source close to the deceased explained with regret.A resident of the house where the body was found explained that Daddy Boy usually goes to bed very late.“He was warned several times, but would not listen. Sometimes he would come home between 1:a.m. and 3:a.m. For this reason, doors were kept open till the next day in order to avoid disturbance.He said Daddy Boy was not a bad person, but friends he was moving with, were not too good for him.“I was only doing this because this place is an illicit gold camp, and anyone might harm you and run with impunity (jungle justice),” he added.According to the resident, the deceased was out Sunday night as-usual and could not speak a lot more about what happened to him during that night whether outdoors or in as he was from deeply sleeping.Unconfirmed reports say “Daddy Boy was brutally murdered allegedly by a suspect only identified as ‘Ansu,’ a diver; reportedly accompanied by ‘CIC,’ a commercial motorcyclist of the same community. Both are said to be currently on the run.During the night while the victim was out clubbing with friends, he encountered a bitter argument with suspect Ansu, which led to a fist-fight, and so Ansu threatened to pay back after he was defeated in the fight.An eye-witness (name with-held), said the perpetrators were both longing to find Daddy Boy’s residence that entire night after the fight, between the hours of 12: a.m. and 1:a.m. Monday. However, the eyewitness did not know what was the reason they were looking for Daddy Boy.“Ansu and Daddy Boy were long time rivals, two of them were loving to the same girl before, and have had confusion about this. So last night Ansu was beating on one other girl in the club and Daddy boy tried stopping him, saying ‘Beating on women is not a good thing to do,” the witnesses, who requested to remain anonymous, said.“Ansu told them, ‘So you want take this girl from again like you took the other girl from me before?” the eye witness narrated.However, there was evidence of foul play on his body, as reported by a seven-man team comprising a coroner, town elders and resident PA and nurses, who conducted an investigation and witnessed by officers of the Liberian National Police detachment from Tubmanburg.The deceased has been taken to Tubmanburg for medical observation, while a haunt for the suspect continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A plea from a federal lawmaker has allowed the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to update a clinical trials database that had been frozen as a result of the U.S. government shutdown, according to The Boston Globe.Earlier this week, the Globe reported on a local man with advanced cancer who could not receive an experimental treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute because the trial had not yet been entered in ClinicalTrials.gov, the federal trials registry. Like other databases run by NIH, the site was still online but not being updated. But after Representative William Keating (D-MA) contacted NIH about the matter, officials at the Department of Health and Human Services, NIH’s parent agency, told NIH that furloughed workers could be brought back to keep the database up-to-date, the Globe reports. The patient learned from his physician that he can receive the treatment. And a note on ClinicalTrials.gov now states that it is being “updated to the extent possible.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)You can read more shutdown coverage here.*Correction, 4 October, 12:35 p.m.: According to the Globe, Keating contacted NIH Director Francis Collins, not the Department of Health and Human Services. This has been fixed.