Governor Wolf Urges Passage of Pending Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic Amid Disaster Declaration
January 29, 2018 Governor Wolf Urges Passage of Pending Legislation to Combat Opioid Epidemic Amid Disaster Declaration SHARE Email Facebook Twitter 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.
“I’m delighted that Mick has joined us. He’s a vastly experienced coach who I have known for many years now,” Lomas told Millwall’s website. “Mick will be a great addition to the staff and I’m pleased to have finalised my backroom team. “I know there was speculation about Mick going to Newcastle because of his past connections with Joe Kinnear, but he’s fully committed to Millwall and to doing a job for us here.” Harford added on Sky Sports News: “I’ve been in talks with Millwall over a period of time and just felt it better suited me at the moment. I didn’t feel that at Newcastle.” Lomas has also installed Tim Breaker as first-team coach and Kevin Pressman as goalkeeping coach while club legend Neil Harris, who retired from playing this summer, will work with both the first team and development squads. The 54-year-old former Luton and QPR boss was in talks with Newcastle at the weekend over a position assisting director of football Joe Kinnear at St James’ Park. But Harford turned down the opportunity to rejoin the club for whom he briefly played during the early 1980s and will instead be number two to new Lions boss Steve Lomas. Press Association Millwall have confirmed Mick Harford as their assistant manager.