Wolf Administration Encourages Participation in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

first_img Human Services,  Press Release,  PSA,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and his administration’s Opioid Command Center, including the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) and Pennsylvania State Police, encourages all Pennsylvanians to take part in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) 16th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative tomorrow, October 27, 2018.During the event, individuals may drop off unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications at any of the hundreds of secure locations throughout the state. The service is free and anonymous.“Part of our all-hands-on-deck approach to the opioid crisis is encouraging Pennsylvanians to drop off unwanted and unused prescription drugs at one of the hundreds of secure drop-off locations in the state,” Governor Tom Wolf said. “Keeping prescription medications out of the hands of those they were not intended for is one more way to prevent the spread of substance use disorder.”Since the inception of Pennsylvania’s drug take-back program in 2016, there have been more than 440,000 pounds of prescription medication destroyed, with more than 800 take-back boxes established in all 67 counties throughout the commonwealth. Last year, the Pennsylvania State Police installed prescription drug take-back boxes at 65 stations that are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.“The department encourages all Pennsylvanians to clean out their medicine cabinets and participate in this critically important day in combatting the opioid crisis,” said DDAP Secretary Jennifer Smith. “By safely eliminating these prescription drugs from our homes, we are each doing our part to keep our communities and loved ones safe. If you are unable to participate tomorrow, remember there are drug take-back boxes in our communities throughout the commonwealth that can be used at any time.”The DEA has offered National Prescription Drug Take Back Day since 2010 with the goal of fighting prescription drug abuse by creating convenient ways to dispose of medication that would otherwise be at risk of misuse in home medicine cabinets. All medication collected will be destroyed by the DEA at EPA-approved incinerators.During its 15th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in April 2018, the DEA and more than 4,600 law enforcement agencies participated, with more than 5,800 sites collecting 949,000 pounds of unused medication.“Take-back boxes inside Pennsylvania State Police station lobbies are another resource in the commonwealth’s fight against the opioid epidemic,” said Acting State Police Commissioner Lieutenant Colonel Robert Evanchick. “Education and prevention are important parts of the public safety function of the department, and providing a safe, secure way to dispose of unused and unwanted prescription pills keeps these addictive drugs out of the hands of people who would misuse them.”Individuals seeking recovery resources for themselves or a loved one can call the toll-free PA Get Help Now helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). A live chat option is also available online or via text message at 717-216-0905 for those seeking help who may not be comfortable speaking to a helpline operator.For more information on the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day visit www.dea.gov.To find one of Pennsylvania’s drug take-back locations, click here.Find more information on the state’s efforts to battle the opioid crisis here. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter October 26, 2018center_img Wolf Administration Encourages Participation in National Prescription Drug Take Back Daylast_img read more

Dino Babers: ‘We’re not paying anybody’

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Last week, after the FBI’s college basketball corruption scandal surfaced, Syracuse head coach Dino Babers told his players to look to their left and right.“None of you guys are getting paid,” SU’s second-year head coach said he told his players. “We’re not paying anybody.”Babers, who has coached at more than one dozen schools, said Monday morning that “everywhere I’ve been, we’ve been good about that stuff.”By “stuff,” Babers means about not paying players. The FBI probe includes allegations that representatives from Adidas promised six-figure payments to players’ families for committing to schools sponsored by the company. Other allegations state that coaches steered players to financial advisers.Assistant coaches at four schools — Arizona, Auburn, Oklahoma State and USC — have been arrested in related schemes. They face charges including conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLouisville men’s basketball Rick Pitino is on unpaid administrative leave because of the probe, which states UofL assistants involvement in a scheme to pay a highly rated recruit a $100,000 bribe. University interim President Greg Postel announced Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich had been placed on administrative leave after the basketball program was implicated in the FBI corruption investigation.“From a basketball standpoint, that stuff is mind-boggling to me,” Babers said.Postel said Pitino’s status will be determined at a later date. His program is already under NCAA probation for providing prostitutes for recruits. He said he did not know anything about either scandal.It raises questions on whether universities will become more scrutinizing of their coaches in both basketball and football, and whether athletic departments will employ more compliance officers to hold coaches accountable.The repercussions are a “reputational scare for everybody,” ESPN analyst Jay Bilas said. There’s no reason to believe schools like Syracuse are involved, he said, though many programs may be more careful in how they monitor their teams and coaches. Still, it won’t stop more programs from breaking the rules.“This is just the latest scandal we’ve had,” Bilas said, “and it won’t be the last.”Bilas said the scandal will have little to no impact on Syracuse men’s basketball recruiting, as the probe impacts only a handful of players. Dick Vitale, also an analyst at ESPN, said SU’s recruiting prospects are “absolutely improved.”Last week, UofL basketball lost a pair of five-star recruits in Anfernee Simons and Courtney Ramey. Sunday, junior college All-American running back Greg Bell decommitted from UofL.“I don’t think it’s over,” Vitale said. “I think it’s just beginning. They’re not going to play games. I hope some of this gets cleaned up. We need someone to be in charge.“It think this is going to make every school take a step of caution in every way possible.”Additional note from Babers’ Monday press conference: The FBI probe renews the debate over college athlete compensation. Babers said a football scholarship “is more than enough for compensation, based on what I did for the game and how it changed my life.” Published on October 2, 2017 at 2:07 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more