May 09, 2016 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Round-Up, Substance Use Disorder, The Blog Governor Wolf continued to conduct roundtables across the state to discuss the current opioid abuse epidemic with events in Bedford, Pittsburgh, and Indiana late last week. The roundtables were attended by state lawmakers, local officials, law enforcement, and health care professionals and are part of Governor Wolf’s plan to combat heroin and opioid abuse in Pennsylvania.The governor considers hosting these events an opportunity to create a larger discussion between state lawmakers and local officials. “I look forward to continue working collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic,” said Governor Wolf.Governor Wolf has proposed that the 2016-17 budget provide more than $34 million for the creation of treatment programs and 25 new treatment facilities statewide that would have the capacity to help 22,500 individuals who suffer from substance abuse disorder.Take a look at the roundtable coverage below:Post-Gazette: Gov. Wolf looks for answers in Homewood to opioid crisis“Some people in the prison system shouldn’t be in the prison system,” Mr. Wolf agreed. “They should be in treatment.” Mr. Wolf’s administration has made the anti-overdose drug naloxone more widely available, added drug take-back boxes for unneeded medication, improved funding for rehabilitation and started toward creation of a prescription database, opioid prescribing guidelines and more cautionary education about narcotics in medical schools, the governor noted. The naloxone alone has saved 800 lives so far, he said.TribLive: Pennsylvania Governor urges rehab over prison to quell opioid epidemicThe criminal justice system should ease punishments for nonviolent drug offenders as part of a broader effort to curb Pennsylvania’s opioid epidemic, Gov. Tom Wolf said Thursday during a roundtable discussion with elected officials and health care professionals in Pittsburgh. “We can’t arrest our way to success,” Wolf said. “We have to recognize that some people in the prison system shouldn’t be in the prison system.”TribDem: Governor visits region in search of solutions to statewide drug problemSo far, Wolf has held a handful of roundtable discussions to get input from local leaders about what can be done to provide help for drug addicts and turn around the staggering numbers of overdose deaths in the state, with 2,500 reported in 2014. “The state can do a good job in terms of creating the framework for addressing the issue, but every locality has its own unique needs,” Wolf said. “We need to learn what those needs are at the local level and how we can make sure we can build in the flexibility at the state level.”Indiana Gazette: Gov. Wolf convenes panel on opioid epidemic[Governor]Wolf, a Democrat, and [House Majority Leader] Reed and [Senator] White, both Republicans, spent most of the hour-long session taking suggestions for more ways to make the fight successful. “We actually are here to listen,” Wolf said. “There are times we disagree on some things but, on this, we are in absolute agreement that we have a problem in Pennsylvania and we need to get our arms around it. “Altoona Mirror: Wolf seeks to stem drug abuse“This is a problem throughout Pennsylvania, not just one corner,” Wolf said. “Every segment of the population is facing this.” He’s set for a roundtable talk this morning in Bedford, one of many such meetings on the issue he has held throughout the state. Heroin and painkiller abuse have spurred bipartisan action across the country, especially in the Northeast, where officials in some states have declared public health emergencies.Tribdem: Chip Minemyer: Too many moms feeling sting of heroin’s impactIn a phone conversation with me on Tuesday, [Governor] Wolf admitted that pushing opioids out of Pennsylvania’s communities will be neither easy nor quick. Wolf met with Bedford County leaders on Thursday, the latest stop in a statewide series of meetings on opioids. Wolf noted that in 2014, more Pennsylvanians died of drug overdoses than in automobile crashes. “This is something I first learned about in Johnstown during my campaign,” Wolf said of the widespread impact of heroin and other drugs. “This is affecting all corners of the state and all segments of the population.”Fox 8: Governor Wolf at Bedford County Library (video) By: Eryn Spangler, Press Assistant Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf BLOG: Governor Wolf Continues Statewide Opioid Roundtable Tour in Western PA (Round-up)
The Aspetar sports hospital in Qatar posted pictures on Twitter of Di Maria ahead of his medical. The 27-year-old was given permission to fly to Qatar for talks with PSG officials after United agreed a 63million euro (£44.3million) fee with the French champions for the midfielder. Angel di Maria’s move from Manchester United to Paris St Germain appears all but done after the Argentina winger underwent a medical in Doha and expressed his happiness at the proposed switch. Di Maria aims to help PSG establish themselves among Europe’s elite, after Blanc’s men exited in the Champions League quarter-finals in the past three seasons. Di Maria added: “They made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, so my objective was to arrive to Paris and to help them through the quarter-final barrier, because they have struggled in the past two seasons. “I will try to do the best I can to help the club in those objectives and reach the final stages of the Champions League.” Press Association Neither club has announced the deal but speaking to beIN Sports, Di Maria said: “I am very happy to join Paris Saint-Germain. “What I know about PSG is that they are a team who have won all possible titles in France last season. They’re very important.” United signed Di Maria from Real Madrid for £59.7million last summer, but after an encouraging start his form dipped drastically and he only started one of the final 10 games of last season. The former Benfica winger was left unsettled after an attempted burglary on his Cheshire home in February. Since then, Di Maria and his family have been living in a city-centre apartment in Manchester owned by former United defender Phil Neville. Di Maria said as recently as June that he wanted to stay at United, but it became apparent that he had his heart set on a move to the French capital in the last couple of weeks. The Argentinian was due to report for duty during the second leg of United’s pre-season tour of the United States on July 25, but failed to show. After United’s 2-0 defeat to PSG in Chicago on Thursday, Laurent Blanc said both clubs were close to striking a deal for the player.