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

Jaguars beat Volcanoes to rattle off second straight win

first_imgGROS ISLET, St Lucia, (CMC) – Guyana Jaguars made it a little messy in the end but rattled off their second straight win in the Regional four-day championship when they defeated Windward Island Volcanoes by seven wickets inside three days here Saturday.The three-time reigning champions limited the hosts to 244 all out in their second innings, with frontline left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul claiming four for 53 and West Indies A fast bowler Keon Joseph picking up three for 53.Nineteen-year-old seamer Sherfane Rutherford supported with two for 50 to end the match with an eight-wicket haul.Former Test batsman Kirk Edwards top-scored with 54, Kavem Hodge got 44 while skipper Tyrone Theophile scored 37 and Shane Shillingford, 36.Set a mere 39 runs for victory, Jaguars lost three wickets before stumbling over the line, to follow up their victory over Jamaica Scorpions in Georgetown last weekend.Resuming the day on 54 for one – still 152 runs behind – Volcanoes suffered an early blow when Theophile fell in the day’s second over after adding a single run to his overnight 36, edging Joseph to Rajindra Chandrika at second slip with the score on 58.Edwards then anchored a key 58-run, third wicket stand with Roland Cato, who made 19, as Volcanoes rebuilt.Left-arm spinner Veerasammy Permaul claimed four for 53The right-handed Edwards faced 80 balls and struck four boundaries before becoming the first of two wickets to fall in the space of seven balls when he was smartly caught at first slip by Chandrika off Rutherford.Cato followed soon after to leave Volcanoes on 120 for four but Hodge arrived to prop up the innings in a 43-run, fifth wicket partnership with wicketkeeper Gian Benjamin who made 17, before adding a further 35 for the sixth wicket with Shillingford.Hodge struck five fours in a 96-ball knock before he was sixth out, playing on to Joseph, sparking a slide that saw the last five wickets fall for 46 runs, as Permaul ran through the tail.Jaguars then made things difficult for themselves as they lost a handful of wickets before reaching their target.Chandrika top-edged an ill-advised pull at a short ball outside off-stump from pacer Obed McCoy and was caught by Hodge at short leg for seven with the score on nine.With the score on 25, Chandrapaul Hemraj fell for seven, nicking an uncertain prod at pacer Ray Jordan (2-23) and captain Leon Johnson flashed at a wide one from the same bowler and was taken at gully by Audy Alexander for four, with five runs added. VOLCANOES 1st innings 151Jaguars 1st innings 357Volcanoes 2nd Innings(overnight 54 for one)D Smith c Rutherford b Joseph 0*T Theophile c Chandrika b Joseph 39K Edwards c Chandrika b Rutherford 54R Cato c Johnson b Shepherd 19K Hodge b Joseph 44+G Benjamin c Vishaul Singh b Permaul 17S Shillingford c wkp Bramble b Permaul 36A Alexander c Chanderpaul b Permaul 11R Jordan c Permaul b Rutherford 11S Lewis lbw b Permaul 0O McCoy not out 0Extras (b3, lb6, w4, nb2) 15TOTAL (all out, 65.3 overs) 244Fall of wicket: 1-10, 2-58, 3-116, 4-120, 5-163, 6-198, 7-211, 8-236, 9-237, 10-244.Bowling: Joseph 16-4-53-3, Shepherd 13-5-43-1, Hemraj 1-1-1-0, Paul 7-0-36-0, Permaul 20.3-5-53-4, Rutherford 8-1-50-2.JAGUARS 2nd innings (target: 39 runs)T Chanderpaul not out 11R Chandrika c Hodge b McCoy 7C Hemray c wkp Benjamin b Jordan 8*L Johnson c Alexander b Jordan 4V Singh not out 8Extras (w2, nb1) 3TOTAL (3 wkts, 14.5 overs) 41Fall of wickets: 1-9, 2-25, 3-30.Bowling: McCoy 3-1-8-1, Jordan 7-1-23-2, Cato 4.5-0-10-0.last_img read more