Wolf Administration Announces Partnership with Adapt Pharma to Offer Free Narcan to Schools

first_img February 01, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA — Governor Tom Wolf announced today that his administration has partnered with Adapt Pharma to increase statewide access to the naloxone drug, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Adapt will provide a free carton of Narcan Nasal Spray, one brand of naloxone, to all Pennsylvania public schools.Governor Wolf joined the Pennsylvania Departments of Health, Education, Drug and Alcohol Programs, and State to praise the partnership as another crucial step to combat the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania.“I am thrilled to announce my administration’s next step in the fight against the opioid epidemic,” said Governor Wolf. “By equipping trained professionals in schools with this drug, we are providing another way to save Pennsylvanian lives. It is our responsibility to give these struggling individuals another chance at life.”Pennsylvania is the first state to implement this program, sponsored by Adapt Pharma in partnership with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, an Initiative of the Clinton Foundation. Pennsylvania public high schools will also have access to new educational materials and training developed by the National Association of School Nurses as part of the program.Under this program, Adapt Pharma and the Clinton Foundation are offering every public high school in the country one free carton of NARCAN Nasal Spray. The distribution of the cartons will be facilitated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health through school nurses. Adapt Pharma has provided a grant to the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) to support their educational efforts around opioid overdose in schools. The grant will allow NASN to develop and disseminate educational materials to the nation’s school nurses and the students and families they work with every day.“We understand the crucial role schools can play to change the course of the opioid overdose epidemic by working with students and families,” said Seamus Mulligan, Chairman and CEO of Adapt Pharma. “We want every high school in the country to be prepared for an opioid emergency by having access to a carton of NARCAN Nasal Spray at no cost. We look forward to working with our partners to implement these initiatives, which build on the significant progress being made by legislators and community groups.”The Wolf Administration has made the fight against heroin a top priority. Some of the administration’s initiatives include: signing a statewide standing order for naloxone, making it possible for all Pennsylvanians to access this life-saving drug; equipping the Pennsylvania State Police with naloxone, so that those troopers who are first on the scene of an overdose can have another tool on-hand during these emergencies; and training Pennsylvania Capitol Police to administer and carry naloxone.In addition to these actions, the Wolf Administration is currently working to develop the ABC-MAP prescription drug monitoring program to detect and prevent prescription fraud and abuse, which contribute to addiction. This program was the recipient of two federal grants last year: the 2015 federal Harold Rogers grant for $409,000 and a CDC grant of $900,000 to enhance, maximize, and support the implementation of ABC-MAP.“Opioid addiction is the most pressing health threat in Pennsylvania today and the availability of naloxone is a critical component in our broad effort to address it,” said Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy. “This generous donation will ensure that all public schools across the Commonwealth have access to naloxone. As a result many more lives will be saved and those young people, with their futures ahead of them, will be able to receive the treatment they need.”“This partnership will educate and equip our schools’ trained medical professionals to use this lifesaving tool,” said Department of Education Secretary Pedro A. Rivera. “Trained professionals in our schools can reduce response time and allow them to provide swift treatment to any individual overdosing in a school.”“In rural areas, it may take longer for emergency first responders to reach patients,” said Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis. “Thus stocking this medication on school grounds can prevent many unnecessary deaths. We need to ensure that anyone who might be in a position to encounter an opioid overdose has access to this lifesaving antidote.”“The Department of State licenses and regulates 447,593 professionals in the health fields,” said Secretary of State Pedro A. Cortés. “We are distributing information to the Boards of Medicine, Osteopathic Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy on the dangers of opioids as part of our commitment to protect the health and safety of the public.”# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img Wolf Administration Announces Partnership with Adapt Pharma to Offer Free Narcan to Schoolslast_img read more

Jerry Evans, Sr., 83, Wellington: August 7, 1932 – August 4, 2016

first_imgJerry EvansJerry Evans, sr. 83, of Wellington died Thursday, August 4, 2016 at his home in Wellington.Funeral Services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at the Shelley Family Funeral Home in Wellington. Visitation will be held Monday, August 8, 2016 at the Shelley Family Funeral home of Wellington from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., with the family receiving friends from 5 until 7 p.m.. A memorial has been established with Gentiva Hospice and may be left with Shelley Family Funeral Home. For further information please visit www.shelleyfamilyfh.com.Jerry was born August 7, 1932, the son of Robert and Margaret (Brown) Evans in Wellington, Kansas. He graduated from the Wellington High School and earned a Bachelor in Engineering from K-State. Jerry was united in marriage to Muriel Green in 1957, after her passing in 1983 he was united in marriage to Juanita Thomas in 1984. Jerry worked as a Civil Engineer for KDOT. He enjoyed farming and his family very much.Jerry is survived by his sons: Jerry Evans Jr. and his wife Kathy of Oxford and David Evans and his partner Lynn Hutchinson of Wichita; grandchild Michael and wife Margaret Evans and their children, Grace, Jack Millie, Sam, Clara and Lulu Evans, all of Lebanon, Maine, grandchild Amanda and husband Cody Havner and their children Hunter, Baelee, Abigail and Damian Havner, all of Wellington, Kansas, Grandchild Nicole Evans and child Kassim Evans of Oxford, Kansas; sister Joan and husband Dale Nordstrom of Arlington, Texas.He is preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Muriel and wife Juanita.last_img read more

Local B.C. Liquor Store looking for another sellout year for twin bears

first_imgFort St. John has been the provincial sales champion for the past 10 years, again selling out of its 2,400 bears in 2012. “Myself and my staff would like to say thank you for making the program such a success in FortSt. John and bringing smiles to the faces of all,” says Senior Manager Warren Mears. In what’s become a trend, 742 of the bears that were sold locally were donated right back, meaning 3,142 bears were given out to local charities. Here in town, those include the Child Development Centre, the Salvation Army Hamper Fund, the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation, B.C. Ambulance Service, RCMP Victim Services, Stockings for Kids, Ride for the Disabled, and the Special Olympics. – Advertisement -Once again, this year’s goal is to sell 2,400 by Christmas Eve. The local store has participated in the “Twin Bear” program for 24 consecutive years now.Advertisementlast_img read more