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

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf 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

NEL Develops New Flow Measurement Method for Viscous Oil

first_imgNEL, the flow measurement R&D specialist, has developed a new method to improve the accuracy of differential pressure meters for high viscosity oil, which should help the oil & gas industry to reduce financial exposure and tackle the challenges involved in its measurement.Approximately 70 per cent of the world’s remaining oil reserves are classed as ‘heavy oil’, while differential pressure meters account for around 40 per cent of all flowmeters in use worldwide. However, as they were not originally designed to cope with heavy oil applications, differential pressure meters are less frequently used due to current inaccuracies. NEL estimates that these inaccurate measurements could be costing millions of dollars per year, in addition to costs associated with the necessary physical property measurements.Craig Marshall, Flow Measurement Engineer at NEL, who has undertaken the work as part of his engineering doctorate at Coventry University, said: “As the world produces ever more heavy oil, accurate measurement is critical in order to safely control the production processes and optimise recovery, as well as meet sales and pipeline agreement requirements. It is also essential to support taxation reporting and allocation measurement when operators share pipelines. This method has the potential to benefit multiple industrial sectors where viscous fluids are processed.”NEL developed the new measurement approach to meet industry requirement to address the challenges of more accurately measuring highly viscous flow. It is based on differential pressure technology and removes current performance errors by providing a corrected discharge coefficient in real-time. In addition, the method also provides a measurement of the density and viscosity of the fluid; two key parameters for the calculation of mass or volume flow and pipeline entry criteria. This potentially removes the requirement and associated costs for sampling systems, inline densitometers and inline viscometers, providing a powerful all-in-one measurement solution.Source: NELlast_img read more