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Wolf Administration Selected To Participate in Innovation Program to Address Treatment for Opioid Addiction

first_img Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania has been selected to participate in the highly competitive J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative in order to better study the most effective treatments for individuals struggling with opioid use disorder. J-PAL North America is a research center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative supports state and local governments in generating new and widely applicable lessons about which social programs are successful and why. Pennsylvania, along with Philadelphia, Puerto Rico, Rochester, and South Carolina were selected from among 25 applicants. As a participant of this program, Pennsylvania will receive an $82,000 grant and technical assistance and trainings from J-PAL to conduct their research.“I’m thrilled that Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to participate in the J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “Fighting Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin epidemic is a top priority for my administration and we are committed to using rigorous evidence to find solutions to this urgent problem. On behalf of the citizens of the Commonwealth, I look forward to working with J-PAL’s exceptional team of researchers to learn important lessons that will support the fight against the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic that is plaguing Pennsylvania and the nation.”The United States is currently in the midst of a drug-overdose crisis. Since 2000, approximately 500,000 drug-overdose deaths have been recorded in the US. Between 2000 and 2014, the rate of deaths from drug overdose increased 137 percent, from 6.2 per 100,000 persons to 14.7 per 100,000 persons. With nearly 2,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2014 according to the Pennsylvania Coroners Association and estimates that the 2015 total will be higher, the need to address this epidemic is dire.The commonwealth will work with J-PAL North America in designing a randomized evaluation to assess the effectiveness of substance use disorder treatment combined with Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) across various levels of care, in order to assess the best treatment options for patients struggling with opioid use disorders across the continuum of care.“Pennsylvania has shown themselves to be a leader in their commitment to using rigorous evidence to address some of the most pressing challenges facing state and local governments in the U.S.,” said Mary Ann Bates, Deputy Director of J-PAL North America and Co-Chair of the J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf June 21, 2016 Wolf Administration Selected To Participate in Innovation Program to Address Treatment for Opioid Addictioncenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

49ers out of Antonio Brown sweepstakes, report says

first_img Antonio Brown isn’t ‘angry’ with Steelers, but still wants trade In an exclusive interview with ESPN, Brown clarified that he isn’t “angry” with the organization that drafted him in the sixth round in 2010, but he still wants to be dealt. He also discussed Steelers GM Kevin Colbert and his recent remarks about quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.Colbert said Roethlisberger “has 52 kids under him, quite honestly,” and expressed his desire for players to turn to the veteran as a mentor.”He pretty much just explained what I already had told everyone,” Brown said. “He just confirmed it. He confirmed everything I said.” Richard Sherman: Free agent Earl Thomas ‘going to Dallas’ if money is equal One team appears to be out of the running for Antonio Brown.According to NFL Media, which cited unidentified sources, the 49ers “won’t be in play” for the Steelers wide receiver, who requested a trade from Pittsburgh earlier this month.center_img The report noted that Niners general manager John Lynch has not engaged in discussions with the Steelers, even though San Francisco was rumored to be one of Brown’s preferred destinations.The Steelers already have made it clear that they would rather not send him to an AFC North team or the Patriots. Related News Brown has been active on social media since he missed the Steelers’ final week of practice and sat out the regular-season finale against the Bengals amid an alleged feud with Roethlisberger.He posted a lengthy video on his Instagram account last week while doing cardio on an elliptical, making it clear that he wants a new team, guaranteed money and a different nickname in his fresh start.The recently dubbed “Mr. Big Chest” has also dealt with some legal troubles, including an alleged domestic dispute and being found guilty of reckless driving after failing to make a court appearance. He had been cited for driving over 100 mph in Pittsburgh in November.last_img read more

Colins NFL Quarterly Awards
Colins NFL Quarterly Awards

first_imgWe’ve completed four weeks of the 2018 NFL season and today Colin unveiled his NFL quarterly awards heading into the second half of the first half of the year.These aren’t the normal MVP and DPOY awards, Colin instead names the best team with a losing record, worst team with a winning record, best player without a supporting cast, the tiredest NFL storyline, and worst NFL decision.Here’s Colin handing out the hardware:– Best team with a losing record– Worst team with a winning record– Frequent Colin target who’s impressed the most@ColinCowherd unveils his NFL Quarterly Awards pic.twitter.com/i0UxWQ7zOc— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) October 2, 2018 Advertisementlast_img read more