Year-In-Review: Leading the Fight Against the Opioid Crisis

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Year-In-Review: Leading the Fight Against the Opioid Crisis December 14, 2016 2016 In Review,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog,  Year in Review Throughout 2016, Governor Wolf traveled to every corner of Pennsylvania to learn how the opioid and heroin crisis was affecting families and communities. He sat with parents who lost their children and people in recovery and pledged Pennsylvania would make progress against this epidemic.He worked with the legislature to secure $20.4 million in the 2016-17 budget to fund treatment for 45 Centers of Excellence for Pennsylvanians struggling with opioid use disorder. Centers of Excellence help ensure that people with opioid-related substance use disorder stay in treatment to receive follow-up care and are supported within their communities.In late September, Governor Wolf addressed a joint session of the General Assembly to call for legislation that would battle the disease of addiction, and on November 2nd, Governor Wolf signed five bills that combat Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic, including:Senate Bill 1202 strengthens the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.Senate Bill 1367 and House Bill 1699 restrict the number of pills that can be prescribed to minors or emergency rooms patients.Senate Bill 1368 establishes education curriculum on safe prescribing.House Bill 1737 creates more locations for the drop-off of prescription drugs.Governor Wolf also announced more than 2,000 opioid overdoses were reversed with Naloxone thanks to a standing order his administration established, and launched Pennsylvania’s prescription drug monitoring program to cut down on over-prescribing of powerful opioid painkillers. By: J.J. Abbott, Deputy Press Secretary YEAR IN REVIEW SHARE TWEET SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Can Dodgers be ‘last man standing’ in baseball’s strange new world?

first_imgBaseball’s hope is that it stays strange, at least through October, and doesn’t take a turn for the worse. As the country deals with the continued spread of coronavirus and contemplates the potential need for a return to restrictive lockdowns, MLB will be sending 900 or more athletes plus coaches and staff traveling around the country for the next two months, visiting some of the current hotbeds of the pandemic. The Dodgers, for example, will visit Houston and Phoenix on their first road trip. Those two cities have more than hot weather in common right now.“We haven’t traveled. We don’t know really what that’s going to be like,” Dodgers utilityman Kike’ Hernandez said last week. “Thinking about all of us in this clubhouse and the accountability that we have for all of us to stay healthy because, I mean, none of us wants to be the reason why a few people test positive or we don’t want to be the reason why the season gets put in jeopardy. So, it’s not only the guys that are in your clubhouse that you’ve got to be accountable for. You also have to think about the other team, the umpires and all of the hotel people and the bus drivers and all that. I think that’s going to be a different talk there.“For now, being in LA, just coming to the field and going back home, I feel safe for now. Things could be a little different in two weeks but for now I feel safe. I think we’re doing as good a job as a team, as an organization here, keeping us safe and following all the rules. I think we’re doing a good job of that so hopefully all 29 other teams can do the same thing and we can play 60 games and have a full postseason and have a champion and all the normal things that would happen in a normal year.”None of those 29 other teams have as much invested in this year as the Dodgers.Before the pandemic hit, the Dodgers swung big, adding former American League MVP Mookie Betts to an outfield that already includes last year’s National League MVP, Cody Bellinger. With mega-millions free agency in his immediate future, the trade for Betts was a big gamble — one that got even bigger through the long months without baseball when there was plenty of time to wonder if Betts would ever put on a Dodgers uniform in a game that counted. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start LOS ANGELES >> Things are about to get weird.The coronavirus pandemic has rocked our world, remaking the sports landscape along with everything else. ‘Fight Island’ has been born along with ‘bubbles’ and ‘snitch lines’ as different sports try their own ways to bring games back into our lives — and revenue back into their coffers.Major League Baseball has chosen neither life in a bubble nor on an island. Instead, they will try to forge on with the most unique — and shortest — season in baseball history, one featuring fan cutouts and fake crowd noise in empty stadiums, air high-fives, socially-distanced dugouts and mysterious injured list moves (though there really is no mystery).“Everything right now is strange,” Dodgers outfielder A.J. Pollock said of the health and safety protocols that are a part of baseball in 2020. “The whole world is strange. I think we’re all just getting used to being strange.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire “There were numerous times over the last few months I wondered if we’d ever see this happen,” admitted Dodgers manager Dave Roberts who would be the optimistic one in a room filled with optimists.Even with the subtractions of the winter taken into account (gone are Hyun-Jin Ryu, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda, Alex Verdugo and, by his own choice, David Price), the addition of Betts takes a team that dominated the NL last year and won a franchise record 106 games and made it better.They will only have 60 games to prove it in the regular season. Only twice during their current run of seven consecutive NL West titles have the Dodgers led the division after 60 games (2015 and 2019).“Hey, you gotta take what’s given to you and 60 games is all we have,” Hernandez said. “I think that we have the talent to know what is happening. We’re very aware that anything could happen in a 60-game season. There’s no small enemy, when it comes to a 60 game season.“There’s gonna be a 60-game season and there’s going to be a postseason just like if we played 162 games. … So I think we just got to look at 60 games, do whatever it takes to reach the playoffs and once we reach the playoffs we just look back like we just played 162 games and we’re here in October and we’re ready to do what we want to do, which is get to the World Series again and win it this time.”That might be the only thing that would make all this worthwhile for the Dodgers. But would winning a World Series after the shortest — and strangest — season in MLB history be a legitimate way to end the 32-year wait for another championship in LA? The Dodgers were the short-season champions in 1981, winning the World Series after a labor strife-abbreviated regular season (110 games), and any asterisk has been lost to the mists of time.But everything in our lives in 2020 comes with an asterisk. Any championship won after a 60-game regular season featuring a number of players opting not to participate could be seen as less legitimate even than the trash can-aided title won by the Houston Astros in 2017 — truly ironic if the Dodgers are the champions of this year’s pandemic pennant race.“No, not at all,” Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager said when asked if this season’s championship would feel less satisfying. “Everybody is going through the same thing. Everybody is playing the same amount of games. Everybody has the same issues as everybody else.“To be the last man standing is to be the last man standing.”Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Too soon? Packers put unnecessary pressure on Aaron Rodgers with Jordan Love pick

first_imgWhy so soon? That has to be the question for the Brett Favre-like drama that could ensue in a few seasons. The Packers hastened the plan for life after Rodgers, 36, who led Green Bay to an NFC championship game appearance under first-year coach Matt LaFleur.MORE 2020 NFL DRAFT:Live grades | Pick tracker | Top 100 big boardThe timing, at best, is poor. Green Bay could have added a second receiver, such as Clemson’s Tee Higgins, or a tight end, such as Notre Dame’s Cole Kmet, to supplement Rodgers, running back Aaron Jones and a team capable of getting back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2010. They also could have gone defense with a linebacker such as LSU’s Patrick Queen.Instead, Green Bay went after Love — who did impress at the NFL Combine after a solid career at Utah State. He passed for 3,567 yards, 32 touchdowns and six interceptions as a sophomore with the Aggies before an up-and-down junior campaign where he had 3,402 yards, 20 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 2019. By most accounts, Love would be considered a project with upside.He’s an intriguing quarterback prospect, but he has already been put in the most unfair position possible. It’s automatically going to create tension with Rodgers, who has been outspoken on Green Bay’s coaching and personnel moves throughout his career. (See: Mike McCarthy, Alex Van Pelt and LaFleur’s joint practices). It puts unimaginable pressure on Love’s development curve, considering the price Green Bay paid to move up in the 2020 NFL Draft to get him.BERNSTEIN: A case for the Love pickRodgers has a right to be upset considering his time is now, and this wasn’t the right time for a luxury pick. It’s a need that Packers could have addressed later in the draft or via free agency. Green Bay drafted Rodgers after a 10-6 season in 2004 before a 4-12 season in 2005 that led to the end of the Mike Sherman era and the beginning of the McCarthy era. This move comes after LaFleur and general manager Brian Gutekunst revived the franchise in 2019. It’s always prudent to think about the future, especially at the game’s most important position. This just seemed like a too-soon move that’s bound to create way too many distracting headlines about Rodgers at training camp. Remember Favre on the airplane in Green Bay? Is that this franchise’s future in two years?This amps up the drama in Rodgers’ final few seasons with the Packers. He is under contract through 2023, but as Drew Brees and Tom Brady have proven, it’s possible for a Hall of Fame quarterback to push their career into the 40s. How many seasons would Love have to wait in order to get his shot? This is only going to create even more questions about the future of a franchise that has thrived on quarterback stability since Favre took over for Don Majkowski in 1992.The Packers have an eye on the future to keep that going. It’s just something they could have waited a little bit longer to address. Cue the quarterback drama in Green Bay, right?The Packers drafted Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the 26th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, a dramatic move considering Green Bay traded up to get the heir apparent to future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers.last_img read more

Mortal Kombat 11s new character Kollector is BRUTAL

first_imgNetherRealm Studios have announced a brand new character for Mortal Kombat 11, introducing the Kollector and his brutal moveset.   I have been doing my best to cover everything that has come out about the upcoming Mortal Kombat 11, and this week has already started off strongly with a brand new character release. Introducing, the Kollector who is – according to the video description – “A proud servant of the Outworld Empire, the Kollector cares only for his wealth and status and will kill anyone to keep it.” Judging from the above video, Kollector is truly a vicious and brutal fighter. He uses his four arms to tear his opponent apart while also combining attacks with his chain whip and lantern. Mortal Kombat 11 is planned for release on April 23rd for the Xbox One, PS4, PC and Nintendo Switch. In other news about Mortal Kombat 11, the Nintendo Switch version is going to be running at 60FPS, more on that story here.  Kollector isn’t the only new character to come to Mortal Kombat 11, there is also Cetrion, check her out here.last_img read more