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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

Gov. Wolf Orders US, Commonwealth Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Rep. Elijah Cummings

first_img Flag Order Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf ordered the United States and commonwealth flags on all commonwealth facilities, public buildings and grounds fly at half-staff to honor U.S. Representative Elijah E. Cummings, who passed away Thursday, October 17.“Rep. Cummings was a trailblazer, a life-long advocate for fairness and civil rights, and a fearless defender of our democracy,” said Gov. Wolf. “Our prayers are with his family, friends, and colleagues. He will be sorely missed.”The United States and commonwealth flags shall be lowered to half-staff until sunset on Friday, October 18, 2019. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Gov. Wolf Orders US, Commonwealth Flags to Half-Staff to Honor Rep. Elijah Cummingscenter_img October 17, 2019last_img read more

Costa, Gabriel, Chelsea and Arsenal charged by FA after Stamford Bridge spat

first_img The FA has also charged Arsenal defender Gabriel with improper conduct for his behaviour after being sent off, and both Chelsea and Arsenal for failing to control their players. Meanwhile, Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma said he was “deeply upset” after comments he made in a television interview saying team-mate Costa “likes to cheat a lot” became headline news. Press Association The 20-year-old told beIN SPORTS: “Everyone knows Diego and this guy likes to cheat a lot and put the opponents out of his game, and that happened in the game. He’s a real nice guy in the life and we are very proud to have him.” Zouma posted a clarification on Twitter on Monday saying: “Sorry for any confusion, English is not my first language & I did not mean to accuse anyone of cheating. Simply to say Diego is a player who puts pressure on his opponents & who I have huge respect for.” A Chelsea spokesman said it was harsh to take Zouma’s words literally. “It’s a bit harsh to take literally the words of a young player speaking in his second language immediately after a game,” said the Chelsea spokesman. “Kurt is deeply upset that his words have been used to attack a team-mate and a friend.” Jose Mourinho was seething when Costa was retrospectively sanctioned in February for treading on Liverpool’s Emre Can, part of what the Chelsea boss perceived as a “campaign” against his side which included a Sky Sports montage entitled ‘Costa’s Crimes’. Arsenal said they would appeal for both wrongful dismissal in relation to Gabriel and the length of his ban. A statement read: “The club can confirm that it is appealing wrongful dismissal and the three-match ban given to Gabriel.” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said Costa should have been sent off after grappling with Laurent Koscielny, pushing the defender in the face with his hands before catching him with a flailing arm, in the first half of Chelsea’s 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge – the incident was not spotted by referee Mike Dean. The FA said in a statement: “Diego Costa has been charged for an alleged act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video. “The Chelsea forward was involved in an incident with Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny in the 43rd minute of the game. He has until 6pm tomorrow (Tuesday) to reply. “Off the ball incidents which are not seen at the time by the match officials are referred to a panel of three former elite referees. “Each referee panel member will review the video footage independently of one another to determine whether they consider it a sending-off offence. For retrospective action to be taken, and an FA charge to follow, the decision by the panel must be unanimous. “Arsenal defender Gabriel has been charged with improper conduct for his behaviour following his dismissal, whilst team-mate Santi Cazorla has been warned for his behaviour following his sending off. “Finally, both clubs have been charged for failing to control their players under FA Rule E20. Both clubs and Gabriel have until 6pm on Thursday (24 September) to reply.” Costa’s behaviour was also the subject of a post-match television interview with Zouma – the French defender later said on Twitter he did not mean to accuse him of cheating. Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association after an incident with Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny which was caught on video. last_img read more