Gov. Wolf blasts White House’s approach to opioid addiction crisis

Gov. Wolf blasts White House’s approach to opioid addiction crisis

Gov. Tom Wolf held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss the letter he had written to White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner—the President’ son-in-law—who has been tapped by the Trump administration to run point on heroin and opiate addiction countermeasures.

The letter expressed the governor’s concerns over the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and its potential repercussions to the ongoing battle against the addiction crisis in Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017/Author: Kyle Maguire
Categories: News and Views
Gov. Wolf joined by former Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris to tout new opioid prescribing guidelines

Gov. Wolf joined by former Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris to tout new opioid prescribing guidelines

In a continued effort to reduce the overprescribing of prescription pain medications, Governor Tom Wolf visited University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Montefiore Thursday to announce new prescribing guideline recommendations for the safe use of opioids in orthopedics and sports medicine. 

“The goal is to figure out how to balance the needs in subsiding and managing pain, but also the needs we have in preventing substance abuse disorders from turning into a death,” said Gov. Wolf during the press conference featuring state and local leaders, as well as former Pittsburgh Steeler Franco Harris. “We have come up with prescribing guidelines that try to address that balance.”

Thursday, March 16, 2017/Author: Alanna Koll
Categories: Pittsburgh
Legislation seeks to provide patient-centered best practices in opioid addiction treatment

Legislation seeks to provide patient-centered best practices in opioid addiction treatment

Sen. Camera Bartolotta (R-Washington) announced Wednesday she has introduced legislation that would require addiction treatment centers to adopt patient-centered best practices as a means to treat opioid addiction.

 

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Treatment Act—now Senate Bill 428—requires the treatment centers, often sources of a singular source of treatment, to provide a panoply of treatment options to meet the specific needs of a consumer seeking their help.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: News and Views
State, local officials continue focus on combating opioid epidemic

State, local officials continue focus on combating opioid epidemic

Officials at the state and local levels continued their focus on combating the opioid epidemic in a number of events held Wednesday.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017/Author: Jason Gottesman
Mayor Kenney takes action to tackle opioid crisis in Philadelphia

Mayor Kenney takes action to tackle opioid crisis in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced this week his plans to form a task force that will focus on providing solutions to the opioid crisis in Philadelphia.

 

“The opioid epidemic has been taking lives, destroying families and undermining the quality of life of Philadelphians across the city said," the Mayor said in a statement. “This is a significant social and public health challenge requiring a comprehensive, citywide approach.”

Wednesday, November 23, 2016/Author: Jason Gottesman
Categories: Philadelphia
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