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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

Mauricio Pochettino embraces talk of Tottenham title challenge

first_img Unbeaten since the opening day of the campaign, Spurs are fifth in the table and only four points behind league leaders Manchester City. Pochettino’s side have already played every team in the top six and their fixtures in December look kind, with West Brom, Newcastle, Southampton, Norwich and Watford to come before the end of the year. Press Association Tottenham’s priority is to secure Champions League football next season but as the more established challengers continue to stumble, there may be an opportunity to aim even higher. “If the people believe we are contenders I am happy because (it means) we have shown enough quality for that,” Pochettino said. “Agree or not agree we want to win the next game and take the three points. “I always believe in my squad and my players. I believe we can win.” The last time Spurs were considered contenders for the league title was 2011-12 when, under Harry Redknapp, the team found themselves just two points off the top in January. Redknapp wanted reinforcements in the transfer window but only Louis Saha and Ryan Nelsen arrived and Spurs collapsed, finishing fourth and missing out on the Champions League after Chelsea’s European triumph. Tottenham are likely to look for a striker next month to provide cover for Harry Kane but Pochettino believes it will be difficult to find the quality to strengthen the team. “We are in a moment where it is not easy to improve the squad, it is a very difficult job,” Pochettino said. “We are very happy with our squad. It is true always we can improve but we need to be clever, to analyse, and try to find the right player to add in the next transfer window or the summer. “When the level increases it is always difficult to find the right player to add and not break the balance. “Today we have a very good balance on and off the pitch. This is a very good thing for us.” On Saturday Tottenham visit West Brom, who demonstrated their threat by beating Arsenal 2-1 at home two weeks ago. “We will expect a very tough game. They are a very strong team, have a great manager. I have a great relationship with Tony,” Pochettino said. “We have to run a lot, play well with and without the ball to make a big effort to win the game.” Mauricio Pochettino has welcomed talk of Tottenham as title contenders this season as he believes it pays tribute to his team’s performances.last_img read more