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Four PA Health Care Organizations Awarded $1M Grants for Medication-Assisted Addiction Treatment

October 17, 2017

The Wolf Administration today awarded $1 million grants to assist four health care organizations in developing medication-assisted treatment programs for Pennsylvanians suffering from the disease of addiction. 

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GAO Report Highlights the Need for Federal Action to Address Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

October 06, 2017

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), as directed by requirements included in the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016, examined Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in the United States and related federal government response. A new GAO report describes the hospital and non-hospital settings for treating infants with NAS and how Medicaid pays for services, describes recommended practices and challenges for addressing NAS, and examines the federal strategy for addressing NAS.

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U.S. Senate Stays Engaged in Federal Opioid Response

October 05, 2017

During the first in a series of hearings—The Federal Response to the Opioid Crisis—the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee heard from health care agency heads regarding actions to respond to the opioid crisis and implementation of recently enacted federal policy to address the epidemic.

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SAMHSA: 1 in 8 Children Living with Parent with Substance Abuse

September 08, 2017

About one in 8 children (8.7 million) aged 17 or younger lived in households with at least one parent who had a past-year substance use disorder (SUD), according to a new report from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Center for Behavior Health Statistics. Most (86%) of these children lived with parents who suffered from alcohol use disorder.

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New Joint Commission Pain Management Guidelines Designed to Combat Opioid Crisis

September 06, 2017

In response to the opioid crisis, the Joint Commission—one of the nation’s largest health care accreditation organizations—has released new pain assessment and management standards, effective January 1. The commission accredits and certifies the majority of hospitals and health systems in Pennsylvania, where the opioid crisis has hit especially hard.

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HAP’s President Highlights PA Hospitals Commitment to Curbing Opioid Abuse

August 28, 2017

The opioid crisis has hit Pennsylvania especially hard. Last year, over 4,600 people lost their lives to opioid related overdoses, an increase of 37 percent from 2015. Andy Carter, HAP president and CEO, highlighted the Pennsylvania hospital community’s efforts to address this crisis in an opinion article on PennLive.

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South Central PA Opioid Awareness Coalition to host community event

August 23, 2017

News Release:  The South Central PA Opioid Awareness Coalition will host a community awareness and education event at 8 a.m. Friday, September 15, at The Central Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg. This event will focus on how the community of health care providers and pharmacists is working together to reduce deaths from opioids and heroin. This event is open to first responders, schools, health service providers, social service agencies, and employers.

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President Declares Opioid Crisis a National Emergency

August 14, 2017

President Trump has declared the country’s opioid crisis a national emergency and has instructed the administration to use all appropriate emergency and other authorities to respond to the crisis.

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PA Tracks National Averages in Most Behavioral Health Metrics; Heroin Use/Adult Mental Health Service Use Higher

August 11, 2017

Pennsylvania’s annual averages in substance use prevalence are similar to national annual averages across most measures in youth and adult substance use or mental health illness. But in two metrics, Pennsylvania’s annual averages were higher than national averages.

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HHS Secretary Price Says All Options on the Table to Fight Opioid Crisis

August 08, 2017

Following a briefing from the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price addressed the media and pledged continued support from the Trump Administration to fight the crisis.

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Congressman Murphy Introduces Legislation to Prevent Overdoses, Streamline Substance Use Treatment

August 01, 2017

On Friday, July 28, Congressmen Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced legislation to streamline substance use disorder treatment records.

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PA Drug Overdose Deaths Up 37% during 2016. On Average, 13 Died Daily.

July 27, 2017

Released today, a new report from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), Philadelphia Division, and the University of Pittsburgh shows that Pennsylvania’s epidemic of opioid and other drug-related overdose deaths continued unabated during 2016.

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Clarion University Offers First-of-its-Kind Opioid Treatment Specialist Certificate

July 19, 2017

Clarion's University College of Health and Human Services recently announced a new, online certificate program aimed at training professionals who interact with individuals addicted to opioids or related drugs. This first-of-its kind training program will provide prevention and treatment education about opioid abuse and addiction. Clarion University created this new curriculum in response to the growing number of individuals in Pennsylvania and across the nation affected by the opioid epidemic.

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U.S. House Committee Reviews State Opioid Efforts and Ongoing Challenges

July 12, 2017

In a hearing today, Combating the Opioid Crisis: Battles in the States, Congressional leaders heard testimony from state officials offering insight on successful strategies to address the opioid epidemic and ongoing challenges in prevention and treatment.

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Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Is Now Connected to 11 states and D.C.

July 06, 2017

Pennsylvania is now exchanging data on prescription pain medications through the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PA PDMP) with 11 other states and the District of Columbia. In addition to five states that share boarders with Pennsylvania (Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia) data is also being shared with Connecticut, Illinois, Louisiana, Texas, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Currently, there is no exchange with Delaware.

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