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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

Stanford losses latest bid to delay fraud trial

first_img 173 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Stanford’s attorneys have argued that their client would not have sufficient time to review millions of papers in time for the trial.HOUSTON, United States- U.S. District Judge David Hittner has denied Allen Stanford’s request to have his fraud trial delayed by three months paving the way for jury selection to proceed January 23.“The public’s interest in a speedy trial is particularly acute in such a case as this in which thousands of investors allegedly purchased CDs from Stanford under false pretenses and subsequently lost billions of dollars,” the judge said in his eight-page ruling.“This trial will decide not just whether Stanford is guilty of the criminal charges, but also whether hundreds of millions of dollars of investor funds currently frozen may be forfeited and returned to his alleged victims.”Stanford’s attorneys have argued that their client would not have sufficient time to review millions of papers in time for the trial.Following the ruling, Ali Fazel, Stanford’s lead lawyer maintained that stance stating, “Our ability to defend our client has been consistently limited by matters the court is well aware of…we are now reviewing our options.”“…The defense in this case does not merely require knowledge of one company as the government contends, but rather, depends upon knowledge of the finances and operations,” he added.Prosecutors said a further delay would not be fair to thousands of Stanford investors.The judge ruled a week ago that Stanford, 61, is mentally competent to aid his own defense.The former financier was previously found to be incapable of doing so because of addiction to anxiety medications developed after a head injury suffered in a prison fight.He was indicted in June 2009 on charges he masterminded a US$7 billion Ponzi scheme by selling bogus certificates of deposit at his Antiguan bank.The former financier has denied all wrongdoing.Caribbean 360 News NewsRegional Stanford losses latest bid to delay fraud trial by: – December 31, 2011center_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Pressure is all on Joshua, says Ruiz Jr

first_img(REUTERS) – World heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr believes his re-match with Anthony Joshua will be a harder fight than his stunning victory in June but says all the pressure is on the Briton ahead of their showdown in Saudi Arabia this weekend.Mexican-American Ruiz produced one of boxing’s biggest upsets when he dethroned the previously undefeated world champion Joshua with a seventh-round stoppage at New York’s Madison Square Garden.“We’ve got to see where he’s at because all the pressure is on him. The pressure isn’t on me because I followed my dream, made my dreams come true,” Ruiz said ahead of the so-called ‘Clash on the Dunes’.“Of course I want more though — I want the legacy of Andy Ruiz Jr.”Ruiz knocked down Joshua four times in their bout in June but says the 30-year-old will adopt a more cautious approach in the Diriyah Arena.“I’m expecting that,” he said. “But if he wants to bang, it’s better for me. I love to bang because that’s the fighter that I am. We have to pressure, work the body, break him down. Especially his mentality.“One punch can change the fight. That’s what happened on June 1. It might be a little harder than the first time. I’ve got to show my skills, my talent.”Ruiz Jr has suffered only one defeat in 34 fights, losing a majority decision to Joseph Parker in 2016.He said it will be a clash of styles when he faces Joshua again and believes the former Olympic champion will struggle to fathom an effective strategy.“I don’t think he’s ever fought a short guy that pressures, and is pretty slick,” the 30-year-old Ruiz Jr said. “I felt like I was boxing him around even though I was the shorter guy.“He saw something that he’s never seen before. Styles make fights. His style was perfect for me to become the unified heavyweight champion.”last_img read more