Pennsylvania Sees Success in Substance Use Hotline Connecting Callers to Treatment Press Release, Public Health, Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today recognized the one-year anniversary of the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs’ (DDAP) PA Get Help Now Helpline, which first began taking calls on November 10, 2016. The helpline is a toll-free, statewide service that connects individuals seeking treatment for themselves or a loved one to options in their community. The helpline, staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, received more than 18,000 calls in the first year.“The PA Get Help Now helpline is connecting people to the care they need to begin the process of recovery,” Governor Wolf said. “As Pennsylvanians continue to battle against the heroin and opioid epidemic, the helpline is a tremendous example of an initiative that is making a measurable difference in the fight.”“In the past year, PA Get Help Now has received more than 18,000 calls,” DDAP Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith said. “These calls have connected thousands of Pennsylvanians into treatment options that help make recovery a reality. Too often I hear that people delay seeking treatment simply because they do not know where to begin. The helpline combats that problem every day.”The helpline has connected thousands of Pennsylvanians to at least one treatment resource, including detoxification centers, medication-assisted treatment options, outpatient treatment, and other treatment and recovery support services. Helpline operators connect callers directly to these resources and will stay on the phone with the caller until an appointment is scheduled.“Helpline operators are trained to connect you to treatment resources that can best identify and address a caller’s needs, including financial concerns. If a caller is unsure if their insurance will cover treatment or how they will pay for it, helpline operators will help find the best option for their financial situation,” said Acting Secretary Smith. “Concerns over ability to pay should not prevent anyone from seeking treatment.”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 for those seeking help who may not be comfortable speaking directly to a helpline operator.For more information on the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs and treatment options around the commonwealth, visit www.ddap.pa.gov and https://apps.ddap.pa.gov/gethelpnow/. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter November 13, 2017
Two men are now facing federal charges after they reportedly created small explosions at several banks in an effort to rob them.The incidents were reported at banks in Florida and in Georgia between November of 2019 and January of 2020.Officials say 33-year-old Mawdo Malick Sallah of Clearwater, Florida and 34-year-old Kirk Douglas Johnson of Anderson, South Carolina vandalized several ATM machines by reportedly injecting some sort of flammable fuel into them before igniting it.Some of their efforts were successful, while others just damaged the machines. The men were able to collect $70,000 from several banks in Florida before they were arrested Sunday in Watkinsville, Georgia according to reports.Both men have been charged with conspiring to commit arson. They each face up to 20 years in prison.
Published on January 22, 2018 at 4:30 pm Contact Billy: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Amaya Finklea-Guity earned Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week honors for her performance during Syracuse’s (15-5, 3-4 ACC) two games last week.The 6-foot-4 freshman center averaged 12.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as SU split its two games.In a road loss at Miami, Finklea-Guity scored 11 points on 5-of-6 shooting to go along with a career-high three blocks.Sunday, Finklea-Guity tied for the team-high with 14 points on 6-for-10 shooting in a win over Pittsburgh in the Carrier Dome. She finished second on the team with eight rebounds, as well.Between the two games, Finklea-Guity averaged 30 minutes a game, well above her season average of 23.7 minutes per game. It was the second-highest minute total she’s played in consecutive games this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was the first weekly honor of the season for Finklea-Guity. She becomes the second Syracuse starter to be named Rookie of the Week this season after Digna Strautmane earned the honor on Dec. 11. Comments
Death of prisoner… post-mortem to be done tomorrowEven as an investigation has been launched into the death of a 23-year-old prisoner, who succumbed to injuries on Sunday at the Georgetown Public Hospital, the family of the young man is hoping for justice and awaits the post-mortem results expected to be ready by Wednesday.Guyana Times has been reliably informed that the now dead man’s mother made a report to the Alberttown Police Station, where an investigation into his death is to commence.The prisoner, Shawn Thom, breathed his last at the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was being treated for injuries he received while at the Camp Street Prison on May 26, 2018.His demise was confirmed to this newspaper on Sunday by acting Director of Prisons, Kevin Pilgrim. During an interview, Pilgrim stated that he received a telephone call on Sunday morning informing him of the man’s demise.He reiterated that upon Thom being discovered in a semi-conscious state on May 26, 2018, the prisoners with whom he had shared a cell told prison officers that he had sustained the injury in a fall.Thom had reportedly stabbed another prisoner with a mop stick during a scuffle on May 25, 2018, and based on that incident, he had been relocated to another cell with three other inmates.Director of Prisons, Gladwin Samuels had related that investigations were launched into both incidents, and the findings would be sent to the relevant authorities.Those investigations, according to Pilgrim, had been completed and the findings were sent to the Public Security Ministry. Taking Thom’s demise into consideration, the investigations will be reopened.Pilgrim has said that prison officials were waiting on the post-mortem results to decide their next step. However, he noted that ever since Thom’s admittance to the Georgetown Public Hospital, his mother has been in constant contact with the Prison Service.The 23-year-old Thom had been serving two three-year consecutive sentences for unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition. He was expected to be released from prison in 2019.