Special Election Preview: Joe Pittman vs. Susan Boser for the 41st Senate District

Special Election Preview: Joe Pittman vs. Susan Boser for the 41st Senate District

On May 21, two candidates will face off in a special election for the 41st Senate District seat vacated by former Sen. Don White (R-Indiana) at the beginning of this session. Vying for the seat are candidates Joe Pittman, White’s longtime chief-of-staff, and Susan Boser, a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP).

The two candidates have focused their campaigns on improving economic opportunities in the 41st district, which features portions of Butler, Armstrong, Indiana and Westmoreland counties in western Pennsylvania. But while their end goals are quite similar, the two candidates have some different methods for their plans on improving prosperity and economic conditions in the district. 
Friday, May 17, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Kenney calls for more dialogue on safe-injection sites

Kenney calls for more dialogue on safe-injection sites

Mayor Jim Kenney (D) announced Wednesday afternoon that plans to open an overdose prevention site in Philadelphia are on hold.

Kenney has been a strong proponent of safe-injection sites. However, he met Monday night with operating officials and citizens in the proposed neighborhood, who addressed safety concerns the location would create.

 

Thursday, April 18, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
Health professionals, lawmakers seek improvements to prescription drug monitoring

Health professionals, lawmakers seek improvements to prescription drug monitoring

The House Human Services Committee heard from health professionals Tuesday on the effectiveness of the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP), which collects information on controlled substance prescriptions in the state. And while the program has proven to be an effective tool for combatting the prescription of opioids in Pennsylvania, officials and legislators alike believe there is room for improvement in the PDMP to better address opioid addiction. 
 
Meghna Patel, director of the Pennsylvania PDMP office, said since being launched in August 2016, the PDMP system has provided prescribers and dispensers access to important prescription information that helps them prescribe medication in a safe manner. 
Tuesday, April 9, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Did You Get The Memo? Licensure reform, terminal illnesses and political contributions

Did You Get The Memo? Licensure reform, terminal illnesses and political contributions

State lawmakers have found common ground in the past year, tackling issues such as ethics reform, drug addiction and workforce development. Legislators on both sides of the aisle have expressed an interest in even more collaborative efforts, including those that continue to address the ongoing opioid crisis, as well as occupational licensure reform. 

In the past week, a variety of proposals have been introduced in the General Assembly, touching on everything from occupational licensure to criminal justice reform. In this week’s feature, we look at some of the newest proposals introduced in Harrisburg and what they could mean for Pennsylvania citizens.
Friday, April 5, 2019/Author: Justin Sweitzer
Categories: News and Views
Solutions for addiction treatment discussed in House hearings

Solutions for addiction treatment discussed in House hearings

5,465 Pennsylvanians died in 2017 from overdoses. Two bills introduced into the House look to cut that number by making it easier and quicker for patients seeking addiction treatment to get matched with help.

Rep. Doyle Heffley (R-Carbon) has proposed two measures this session to combat the waiting time some face in accessing treatment. One offers to fund statewide “warm hand-offs” that facilitate people treated for overdoses at a hospital directly transferring to a bed in a treatment center. The other creates a registry for detoxification and addiction treatment.
Thursday, March 21, 2019/Author: Anonym
Categories: Philadelphia
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