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Governor Wolf Urges Passage of Pending Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic Amid Disaster Declaration

first_img January 29, 2018 Governor Wolf Urges Passage of Pending Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic Amid Disaster Declaration SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, Pa. – Amid the 90-day Opioid Disaster Declaration, Governor Wolf today urged the General Assembly to consider a set of pending bills aimed at furthering the declaration’s key initiatives and messages.Several pieces of legislation were passed recently, including Sen. Tom McGarrigle’s legislation allowing the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs to regulate recovery houses that receive federal, state, or county dollars and serve individuals in recovery from substance use disorder. That bill was signed by Governor Wolf in December.“I encourage the legislature to make passage of these bills a priority. And I thank the General Assembly for passage of recent legislation and those lawmakers who have taken the initiative to draft new legislation. I commend them for sharing my commitment to help even more Pennsylvanians fight the disease of addiction and look forward to continuing our work together to combat this crisis.”Pending and new legislation includes:Senate Bill 472, introduced by Sen. Yaw, is a priority as it limits prescriptions for a controlled substance containing an opioid to seven days unless there is a medical emergency that puts the patient’s health or safety at risk.Senate Bill 391, the administration is collaborating with the legislature on a comprehensive amendment to this bill introduced by Sen. Jay Costa, which would amend the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Control Act to reflect mandatory evaluation and treatment provisions included in the Mental Health Procedures Act (MHPA), allowing an individual to be subject to mandatory evaluation and treatment if the individual has a substance use disorder and is incapable or unwilling to accept voluntary treatment and the individual presents an imminent danger or imminent threat of danger to self or others within the past 30 days.Senate Bill 978, introduced by Sen. Lisa Baker, allows home health and hospice staff to dispose of unused prescription medication following a patient’s death. Currently, those medications are the property of the patient, and when they die their possessions become part of their estate and cannot be disposed of by non-family. When these medications are opioids, the chance could increase that family members might abuse or sell them.House Bill 353, introduced by Rep. Tedd Nesbit, requires that prescriptions for Schedule II, III and IV controlled substances be completed electronically to reduce the risk of tampering or forgery.last_img read more

Clemson’s Swinney earns respect from Syracuse after postgame congratulations

first_imgOn a national level, the stories to come out of this game will be about the shakeup at the top of the Associated Press Poll. It’ll be about the questions surrounding Clemson’s ability to make the College Football Playoff, let alone repeat as national champions.But on Friday night, Swinney himself made sure to shift that narrative toward, who he felt, was more deserving.“There’s a lot of pain in our locker room, but this is a story about Syracuse,” Swinney said. “… The story of the night is that Syracuse outplayed us.”Zaire Franklin said he saw Swinney addressing some SU players on the field after the game. Then, when he came into the locker room, he addressed Steve Ishmael directly and even took a picture with a few players, Franklin said.“He was just humble,” Franklin said. “I don’t even know how to describe it. That was pretty cool. That was pretty awesome.” Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoth teams met at midfield after Friday night’s contest to shake hands and kickoff the Atlantic Coast Conference’s “Fall Sportsmanship Week.” But the feelings the staged events were supposed to encourage proved to be genuine postgame for Swinney, who stopped inside Syracuse’s (4-3, 2-1 ACC) locker room after the upset victory over No. 2 Clemson (6-1, 4-1) and addressed the team.“Utmost respect to Coach Swinney,” quarterback Eric Dungey said. “He came up to us after the game. Class-act program.”Both Babers and Dungey had very little to say when asked about last year’s 54-0 blowout loss to the Tigers. Still, they had nothing but praise for Clemson in the week leading up to the game. And after, that feeling remained.“Coach Dabo,” Babers said in the press conference leading up to the game, “one of the premier programs and the way he does it is absolutely the right way.” Published on October 14, 2017 at 2:10 am Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Syracuse head coach Dino Babers and Clemson head man Dabo Swinney embraced on the block “S” in the Carrier Dome. The Orange had just beaten the Tigers, ending the longest active winning streak in the FBS and putting a dent into Clemson’s postseason resume.As the two met, ESPN cameras zoomed in on them. It caught Swinney telling Babers “I’m so happy for you.” Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more