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)
When Jacob Broussard heard the news on Jan. 24, he was outraged. That day, President Donald Trump gave the go-ahead for two controversial oil pipelines — Dakota Access and Keystone XL. Broussard, a junior majoring in choral music, is a member of the Native American Student Union, a group that brings together students of Native descent on campus. These students, Broussard said, feel the impact of Trump’s order more strongly than others because Native Americans stand to lose the most if these pipelines are built.“The executive order is a blatant disregard for the sacred land of Native peoples as well as the health of thousands of United States citizens,” Broussard said. “It’s also a violation of fundamental rights.”Broussard is not alone — students have been speaking out in opposition to the pipelines, most notably in September when members of the Native American Student Union, Young Democratic Socialists and the Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation hosted a rally to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. Though former President Barack Obama directed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reevaluate the Dakota Access Pipeline in November and denied construction permits to the Keystone XL Pipeline, Trump’s order has reopened the debate — and students are divided over whether these pipelines should be built.Furthermore, Broussard worries that the process of transferring this crude oil and its potential for leakage could be detrimental to the environment and surrounding communities. The process used by these pipelines is thought by scientists to increase carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere and potentially contaminate large bodies of water like the Mississippi River and drinking water sources for Native Americans, deteriorate the integrity of tribal land and disturb sensitive local habitats, according to Business Insider.Trump, however, approves of the construction of the pipelines, saying they will create 28,000 jobs and provide opportunity for construction of the pipes in the United States when he signed the executive order on the 24th, as opposed to the pipes being made in other countries, according to NPR. The pipelines spurred several months of protests from environmentalists, Native Americans, human rights activists and those who stood in solidarity with these groups. Large numbers of protestors occupied for months the prospective pipeline route, resulting in various arrests and tension involving law enforcement. Students are split on the morality, cost-benefit analysis and feasibility of the plan to implement the pipelines.Malcolm Rakshan, a freshman majoring in political science and a member of the USC College Republicans, stands behind the construction of these pipelines.“Trump made the common sense decision to move forward with the pipeline,” Rakshan said. “Going with the theme of America First, Trump established a precedent to focus on creating jobs through developing public works and improving infrastructure.”The pipelines plan to navigate through mostly the Midwest, some states also belonging to America’s Rust Belt. This same region won Trump the election — with political scientists arguing that people from these states who were unemployed felt empowered by Trump’s message to create more jobs for them. In and near the Rust Belt region, the pipeline acts as the opportunity for Trump to provide employment for these individuals. But Broussard said this is not a justification.“No number of jobs is worth risking thousands of lives,” Broussard said. “No amount of oil is worth risking our environment. No potential profits are worth the attempted degradation of a strong and resilient people.”Though the current administration has green-lighted the construction of these pipelines, Broussard said they will continue to work against the executive order. “The Native American community will continue to fight for change,” Broussard said. “We will not be silent nor will we ever give up. We still exist.”Correction: A previous version of this article misquoted Malcolm Rakshan. It has now been updated with what he actually said. The Daily Trojan regrets this error.
And later this evening the all-weather track in Dundalk will host seven races – the first off at 5.35. The 2014 Champion hurdle winner has suffered an injury.There’s action today at Down Patrick and in Dundalk.There’s a seven-race card at Down Patrick, which begins at 2 o’clock.