Governor Christie Sends EMS And State Police Assistance to Hurricane-Damaged Virgin Islands
At the request of Virgin Islands leadership, Governor Chris Christie authorized New Jersey State Police troopers, Disaster Mental Health Counselors and members of the New Jersey EMS Task Force to depart for a response mission in the region hardest hit by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
“Our continued thoughts and prayers are with the people of the Virgin Islands as they recover and rebuild their lives. New Jersey knows how a devastating hurricane can turn everyday life upside down,” Gov. Chris Christie said. “Our response teams train and plan for these types of scenarios on a regular basis and are well prepared to assist residents and fellow first responders already on the ground in helping to return some semblance of normalcy to the area.”
More than 30 members of the New Jersey EMS Task Force are leading a two-week mission requested by officials in the Virgin Islands that includes 25 New Jersey State Police troopers and four Disaster Mental Health Counselors within the Disaster and Terrorism Branch of the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The team, along with all-terrain vehicles, box trucks and logistic supplies, began to deploy yesterday and will continue to fly out today. They will provide emergency medical services to the hardest hit areas, some of which no longer have working hospitals or other medical services.
Officials: Opioid Epidemic 'Getting Worse Instead of Better'
A top public health official recently warned the nation’s opioid epidemic is showing no signs of abating.
“It is one of the few public health problems that is getting worse instead of better,” said Dr. Debra Houry, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
Penn. to Provide $5 Million for Naloxone Funds to First Responders
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf recently announced that the state will provide $5 million in funding for the opioid-reversal drug naloxone to first responders in Pennsylvania who apply for the program.
That would provide 60,000 naloxone kits, which include two 4-milligram intranasal doses in each pack, supplied by Adapt Pharma statewide over the next two years.
"The path to recovery often starts with a dose of naloxone," said Dr. Rachel Levine, physician general and acting secretary of health for Pennsylvania.
Walgreens Expands Medication Disposal to 1,500 Stores
Walgreens is fighting the opioid epidemic by expanding its medication disposal stations to 1,500 stores.
Forbes reported that Walgreens Boots Alliance is specifically targeting stores near “military bases and other areas where the opioid epidemic has challenged communities,” according to a recent announcement.
Walgreens said it will add 900 kiosks over a 10-month span to its already existing 600 safe medication disposal stations. The goal is to “make it easier for people to dispose of their unwanted medications,” according to Walgreens President Alex Gourlay.
The healthcare company hopes to collect 300 additional tons of disposed medication in the next two years.