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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

Venus reaches Australian Open semi-finals after 14 years

first_imgVENUS Williams reached the Australian Open semi-finals for the first time in 14 years with a straight-set win over Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.Williams, the 13th seed, saw off 24th seed Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), in the first of the quarter-finals.The 36-year-old American has never won the title, her best effort a runner-up finish to sister Serena in 2003.She goes on to face unseeded American Coco Vandeweghe, who thrashed Spain’s seventh seed Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-0.Vandeweghe, 25, followed up her win over world number one and defending champion Angelique Kerber with a crushing defeat of French Open champion Muguruza.“I really wasn’t feeling all that great out there, I was feeling kind of nervous,” said Vandeweghe.“I just tried to play my best, stay within myself, keep my patterns. I fought through a few break points on her serve, kept on the pressure in the first set then she finally cracked.“Once I got rolling in the second it was like a freight train. You couldn’t stop it.”“I’d like to be champion” – VenusWilliams, meanwhile, dropped serve four times against Pavlyuchenkova but was much the stronger in the decisive moments, becoming the oldest woman to reach a Grand Slam semi-final since Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994.“I’m so excited. Today was such a hard-fought match. She never let up,” said the seven-time Grand Slam champion.“It’s wonderful to be here at the start of the year. I want to go further. I’m not happy with this.“I try to believe. Should I look across the net and believe the person across the net deserves it more?“This mentality is not how champions are made. I’d like to be a champion, in particular this year. The mentality I walk on court with is: I deserve this.”Today, Serena Williams will play Britain’s Johanna Konta at about 02:00 GMT, following the match between Czech fifth seed Karolina Plisokva and Croatia’s Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.(BBC Sport)last_img read more