Wolf Administration Announces Report Showing Decline in Prescription Opioid Misuse Among Young Adults

first_img Press Release,  Public Health,  Public Safety,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today announced a report by the Pennsylvania State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW) that found a decline in prescription opioid misuse among young Pennsylvanians from 2011 to 2014. Representatives of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs were part of the SEOW.“This information is good news,” Governor Wolf said. “Youth and young adults appear to understand the significant danger of addiction and possible death from the misuse of opioids.”According to the report in 2011, 10.8 percent of young adult Pennsylvanians (aged between 18 and 25) were estimated to have misused a prescription opioid such as OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, or others. By 2014, the study found that number declined to 8.7 percent. Among Pennsylvania youths (12- to 17-year-olds), the estimate went from 6 percent to 4.5 percent in the same span.“This report is an encouraging sign in our fight against the opioid epidemic,” DDAP Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith said. “It found a decline in the misuse of prescription opioids among teens and young adults in Pennsylvania that we hope means that we are educating young people about the dangers of opioid use, including addiction.”Based on an analysis of standardized data collected by school districts, the report was conducted by the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University as part of a substance use prevention grant awarded through DDAP. Not all school districts across the state participated in the collection of the standardized data.Misuse of opioids was found to vary among counties. Data was divided into six different health districts. The analysis found some northwestern counties showed slightly higher lifetime opioid misuse, 7.3 percent of youths, followed by some southwestern counties with a lifetime youth opioid misuse rate of 7 percent. Southeastern Pennsylvania showed the lowest lifetime misuse rate at 5 percent (data for Philadelphia county was unavailable and not included in the study).“Opioid misuse varied in different areas of the state,” said Smith. “We need to identify what is being done in areas with better success in teaching about opioid misuse, and replicate those successful health education and awareness campaigns throughout the state.Almost all youth and young adults, or at least 80 percent in each of the six districts of data, thought that misuse of prescription drugs was risky. A high proportion ofyouth and young adults said their peers disapproved (at least 83 percent of respondents) and they disapproved of their peers (at least 84 percent of respondents) misusing prescription drugs.Ease of access to prescription drugs was one finding that is of concern, said Smith. Youth who reported it was easy to acquire prescription drugs varied from 17 to 37 percent across counties, and increased from 24.3 percent to 27.8 percent between 2013 and 2015. More youth in western counties reported that it was easy to get drugs.Most young people got prescription drugs in the same way, although the study found more youth said they were given prescription drugs as opposed to taking them from someone without their permission. In both the southeast and northeast counties, the percent difference in youth reporting being given or stealing drugs was negligible.“This information begs for more education efforts,” said Smith. “We need to better explain the dangers of opioid use to parents and others who might be giving medication to youth.“The commonwealth has a three-pronged approach to fighting opioids: prevention, treatment, and recovery.”“At a time when Pennsylvania is losing 13 people each day to the opioid crisis, everyone must get involved,” Governor Wolf said. “We need parents, schools, faith-based and community initiatives to work with us in government to talk, teach, and model evidence-based prevention methods to educate about and stop misuse of opioids.“Prevention is the key.” July 27, 2017 Wolf Administration Announces Report Showing Decline in Prescription Opioid Misuse Among Young Adultscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Arsenal survive Ostersunds scare as policeman dies in Bilbao clashes

first_imgParis, France | AFP | Arsenal scraped into the last 16 of the Europa League despite a 2-1 second-leg defeat by Ostersunds, but Thursday’s action was marred by violent clashes at the match between between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow which left a police officer dead.Two quickfire first-half goals gave Swedish minnows Ostersunds hope of a sensational comeback at the Emirates, but Sead Kolasinac’s goal just after the interval saw Arsenal hang on for a 4-2 win on aggregate.The north London giants move into Friday’s last-16 draw, but Ostersunds will take all the plaudits for a brave display full of quality.“At 2-0 we thought we had a chance. We played well, won the game but it was just short of the miracle,” Ostersunds coach Graham Potter told BT Sport.A Basque police officer died as security forces clashed with fans of Russian club Spartak Moscow in Bilbao.“We can confirm that a Basque policeman died Thursday,” said a press spokesman for Ertzaintza, the Basque police region.However, he would not comment on reports that the officer died as a result of the violence. “Five people have been arrested. We do not know if they are all supporters of Spartak, but many of them are Russians.”More than 500 police officers had been deployed for the high-risk return leg of the tie, which Bilbao won 4-3 on aggregate despite a 2-1 loss on the night.Having cruised to a 3-0 victory in the first leg last week, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal appeared complacent and were caught out by the vibrant visitors to the Emirates.Midfielder Hosam Aiesh capped off a slick move for the underdogs to pull one back in the 22nd minute, running onto Saman Ghoddos’ through ball and slotting into the corner with the aid of a deflection off Calum Chambers.The hapless Arsenal centre-back was caught out just 69 seconds later as the home fans were left stunned, with winger Ken Sema spinning Chambers and drilling a low finish past Gunners goalkeeper David Ospina.Potter may have been thinking back to his side’s missed injury-time penalty in the first-leg 3-0 loss, but they continued to press as Arsenal laboured.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Historic Day For Touch Football

first_imgFor the first time, women’s Touch Football will be played during an NRL Finals Series with the champion Eastern Suburbs Sydney Roosters taking centre-stage tomorrow during the NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series double-header at Allianz Stadium.The reigning Vawdon Cup and State Cup champions will play an exhibition match against the Manly Sea Eagles, just a month after the NRL and Touch Football Australia announced an historic sporting partnership representing the biggest boost to participation and game development in the history of either sport.“Tomorrow’s match is a great demonstration of why the new partnership between the NRL and Touch Football Australia works so well,” NRL General Manager League Integration and Game Development, Mr Andrew Hill.“Rugby League is moving into our finals series and the Touch Football season has just started.“People can now get involved in our sport all year round.“The women’s match between the Roosters and the Sea Eagles couldn’t be a more fitting curtain-raiser leading into the second match of Saturday between the Roosters and Sea Eagles.”TFA CEO Colm Maguire said “we are very excited at the prospect of seeing the NRL-TFA partnership come to fruition through the demonstration of an elite Women’s game at the NRL Finals showcase this weekend. This is a great demonstration of the partnership in action and provides spectators at the ground and the Touch Football and Rugby League communities with just a taste of what is in store this weekend and throughout the NRL Finals Series.”The game will commence at 6:06pm.Related LinksWomen’s Game at NRL Finalslast_img read more

Steve Watterson (QLD) – 2017 Volunteer Of The Year Award Nominee

first_imgHaving been a part of the Sharks Volunteer crew since 2004, Steve has been a constant familiar face and very well liked amongst the Sharks playing group. SQBD prides itself on setting the standard on and off the field and it has been Steve’s contributions over the many years which has assisted in setting its off-field professionalism and standards. The fact that Steve is prepared to drive 16 hours to take equipment to a tournament to ensure Sharks players receive the same service as any other at another proves his importance to this organisation. As a result of his work and commitment at South Queensland Touch, Steve has also been awarded a life membership. He has also been a long-term member of the South Queensland Board of Directors and still currently supervises junior selection programs.last_img read more

Ohio State Football: Ohio State’s Urban Meyer Was Back At It With The Photobombing At The NBA Finals Last Night

first_imgUrban Meyer shows excitement during the cavaliers game.Urban Meyer CavsOutside of coaching college football, photobombing is probably Urban Meyer’s best skill. He’s great at it. And the 50-year-old coach – perhaps unintentionally – was at it again last night at the Cleveland-Golden State NBA Finals game. Urban is #ALLinCLE. @OSUCoachMeyer @cavs (photo via @GavinRBlair) pic.twitter.com/A6I5kSNjev— Niraj Antani (@NirajAntani) June 10, 2015Urban Meyer, photo-bomber extraordinaire, strikes again. http://t.co/pWDCl6SI2A pic.twitter.com/4HVe0yEiXD— Ben Cohen (@bzcohen) June 10, 2015When you thought your conversation was private but you get put on blast… pic.twitter.com/EF9sWIsCxA— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) June 10, 2015Photobombing is getting a little dated, but when you’re a national championship-winning head coach, you can do whatever you want.last_img read more

Surgeon Highlights Need for Bikers to Wear Lower-Limb Protective Gear

first_img Orthopaedic surgeon at the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital, Dr. Cary Fletcher, is highlighting the need for motorbike riders and pillion passengers to wear lower-limb protective gear. The surgeon’s emphasis is in light of a study conducted at the hospital between March 2016 and June 2018, which showed that the majority of injuries from motorbike crashes occurred in the lower extremity, which includes the hip, knee and ankle joints, and the bones of the thigh, leg, and foot. Orthopaedic surgeon at the St. Ann’s Bay Regional Hospital, Dr. Cary Fletcher, is highlighting the need for motorbike riders and pillion passengers to wear lower-limb protective gear.Some common protective equipment, worn by competitive and recreational bikers, include specially made pants with built-in kneecap protectors, boots to safeguard the legs, knee braces and guards, armoured shorts and pants, among others.The surgeon’s emphasis is in light of a study conducted at the hospital between March 2016 and June 2018, which showed that the majority of injuries from motorbike crashes occurred in the lower limbs.Dr. Fletcher, who was addressing a JIS Think Tank on Tuesday (February 12), explained that the study looked at injury patterns and their prevalence among the target group.“We analysed the specific orthopaedic injuries. We looked at the bones that were involved, then we categorised in terms of body area – lower limb injuries, upper limb injuries, pelvic and spine,” he explained.He said that of the injuries, 55 per cent occurred in the lower limbs, 30 per cent in the upper limbs, with pelvic and spinal injuries at five per cent each.Dr. Fletcher noted that the majority of people requiring surgery had at least a lower limb injury.“When you consider that 94 per cent of the people requiring surgery had a lower limb injury, it is important that we not only look at improving helmet use but also on emphasising the need for protective gear, especially for the lower limbs. These are the people requiring surgery and they are also the people requiring hospitalisation over a prolonged period of time,” he pointed out.Dr. Fletcher told JIS News that the study was the only one in the Western Hemisphere that looked solely at motorbike accidents.It included patients from the North East Regional Health Authority (NERHA), which covers the parishes of St. Ann, St. Mary and Portland, as well as persons from Trelawny, Clarendon and St. James, who were referred from other facilities. There were 155 patients – 153 male and 2 females, ages 14 to 64.The study, which was conducted by Dr. Fletcher and Dr. Derrick McDowell of the hospital’s Orthopaedic Department, was awarded the Most Impactful Oral Presentation at the ninth annual National Health Research Conference, which took place on November 22 and 23, 2018. Some common protective equipment, worn by competitive and recreational bikers, include specially made pants with built-in kneecap protectors, boots to safeguard the legs, knee braces and guards, armoured shorts and pants, among others. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Jackhammers fumes turn BC familys Panama Canal cruise into construction zone

first_imgVICTORIA – The noise of pounding jackhammers and the smell of fumes are the unwanted memories of a spring-break cruise through the Panama Canal for a woman and her family from the Victoria area.Cecilia Jenkins said a major construction project began moments after the Norwegian Cruise Line vessel left a dock in Miami, and noise, fumes and dust from the work lasted the entire voyage on the Norwegian Sun.“Grinding, jackhammering,” she said Tuesday. “Lots of noise. Lots of dust.”The voyage ended on Saturday in Los Angeles.A Facebook group called Panama Canal Sun was launched four days before the ship docked. By Tuesday, it had 330 members and some of them had posted pictures and video of renovations taking place on the ship. Several others say the cruise line didn’t disclose the renovations beforehand.Jenkins said the cruise line company provided a letter date March 27 apologizing to the passengers.“We understand that some of these enhancements have affected your experience with us, and we apologize for the inconvenience,” says the letter.In a statement on Tuesday, Norwegian Cruise Line said it is making a “significant investment” in its ships, including the Norwegian Sun.“At Norwegian Cruise Line, we continuously aim to offer the best vacation experience for all our guests,” it says.“While we do our utmost to minimize any impact on the guest experience when these enhancements are taking place, we recognize that in this situation our guests have experienced some inconvenience.”Jenkins said repairs on several of the vessel’s decks and running track started almost immediately.“I don’t think you should be doing any of this on a vacation, especially without telling us,” she said, adding she felt most comfortable when she left the vessel to explore stops in Central America and Mexico.Jenkins said her teenage daughter and husband were with her on the cruise, which cost an estimated $10,000. Her father-in-law and his friend also took the voyage.last_img read more

Unifor reaches tentative deal with Resolute Forest Products to set pattern

first_imgMONTREAL – Unifor says it has reached a tentative deal with Resolute Forest Products Inc. that, once approved, will serve as a pattern agreement for workers at pulp and paper mills across the Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic regions.Details of the four-year agreement were not disclosed.The union says they will not be discussed publicly until members have had a chance to vote on the deal. Ratification votes are expected over the coming weeks.Unifor says the priorities in the contract talks were related to wages, vacations, benefits, pensions and job security.Unifor national president Jerry Dias says the tentative agreement will ensure members receive fair compensation.The union estimates some 15,000 members will be affected by the pattern agreement.Companies in this story: (TSX:RFP)last_img

Freezing Rain warning issued for Alberta Peace

first_imgUPDATE – The freezing rain warning has ended.GRANDE PRAIRIE, AB. – Environment Canada has issued a freezing rain warning for parts of the Alberta Peace.The warning covers Beaverlodge, Hythe, Demmitt, Sexsmith, La Glace, Grande Prairie and Wembley. An area of rain will move through the Grande Prairie and Grande Cache region this morning. Temperatures are near or slightly below zero giving local freezing rain. Freezing rain will end this morning.For updates on highway conditions in Alberta, visit 511.alberta.caIssued at 2019-04-06 12:26 UTC by Environment Canada:Freezing rain warning issued for:Co. of Grande Prairie near Beaverlodge Hythe and Demmitt, Alta. (077111)Co. of Grande Prairie near Sexsmith and La Glace, Alta. (077112)Co. of Grande Prairie near Grande Prairie and Wembley, Alta. (077113)Current details:Freezing rain is expected or occurring.An area of rain will move through the Grande Prairie and Grande Cache region this morning. Temperatures are near or slightly below zero giving local freezing rain. Freezing rain will end this morning.Take extra care when walking or driving in affected areas. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #ABStorm.More details on the alert are available here.last_img read more

Large power outage in Fort Nelson

first_imgCrews are headed to the outage, but there is no estimate on when power will be restored.  The cause remains under investigation.For updates on the outage, visit www.bchydro.com/outages UPDATE – Power has been restored.FORT NELSON, B.C. – A large power outage is affecting most of Fort Nelson.According to B.C. Hydro, the outage is affecting 2,313 customers in the community and started at about 3:43 p.m.  The interruption covers most of the community, including the airport and industrial area as you enter the community.last_img