Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter BLOG: MAP: A Look at the Wolf Administration’s Opioid Epidemic Outreach Public Health, Substance Use Disorder, The Blog Over the past few months, Governor Wolf, Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, and other members of the Wolf Administration, have made 27 stops to discuss the importance of battling the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic in Pennsylvania and to advocate for $34 million to fight the opioid crisis in the final budget.Take a look at the map of their stops here:In 2014, nearly 2,500 Pennsylvanians died from a drug overdose. Heroin and opioid overdose are the leading cause of accidental death in Pennsylvania, killing more individuals each year than motor vehicle accidents.Governor Wolf and other members of his administration, including Secretary Tennis, Dr. Levine, Secretary Wetzel, Secretary Dallas, and Director of Homeland Security Marcus Brown, have held bipartisan roundtables throughout the state to discuss local and statewide efforts to lead the nation in combating the opioid abuse and heroin use epidemic. Fighting Pennsylvania’s opioid and heroin epidemic is a top priority for the Wolf Administration and these events have been an opportunity to work collaboratively with the General Assembly and community leaders to ensure that Pennsylvania leads the nation in the fight to combat the opioid abuse and heroin use crisis.In addition to the governor’s community roundtables, Dr. Levine has been stopping at pharmacies in order to remind Pennsylvania residents and pharmacists that a doctor’s prescription is not needed to obtain the life-saving opioid overdose antidote drug naloxone. Last October, Dr. Levine signed a standing order that makes it possible for all Pennsylvania residents to access the life-saving drug naloxone. June 21, 2016 By: Darwin Paz, Digital Assistant
Make sure someone who knows the legislation is updating your smoke alarmsMs Parsons said many landlords are trying to be proactive by updating their properties to fit the legislation, however many are being caught out, with their updates still not being compliant.“We are already seeing concerning trends with landlords trying to upgrade with third parties,” Ms Parsons said.“They are trying to do the right thing and get an upgrade but 39 per cent are failing to comply.“Almost 50 per cent are failing to comply because the electricians are just putting the wrong alarms in.”She said the average cost for the update was $1200, although many owners were paying more because they were not updated correctly in the first instance.Smoke Alarm Solutions offer a subscription service that checks on alarms regularly and ensures they are up to date with the latest legislation.Most properties built before 2017 will be affected by the changes, as those built after that date should already be compliant.Recent Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and Smoke Alarm Solutions data has revealed operational fire alarms within Queensland homes has been on a downhill slide for the past two years.Only 80 per cent of smoke alarms were operational in 2018, down from 84 per cent in 2017 and 87 per cent in 2016. Shockingly, only 28 per cent of 2257 Brisbane respondents had smoke alarms in their main bedroom. Make sure your smoke alarms are in working order this winter.As the days grow shorter and the nights grow colder the dropping temperature serves as a prudent reminder to investors to make sure their rental properties have working smoke alarms.New legislation off the back of an inquest into the deaths of 11 people in a house fire in Slacks Creek 2011 will see all rental properties in Queensland required to ensure their smoke alarm systems are fulfilling new compliancy requirements by January 1, 2022. Avoid this scene at your rental property.This includes having smoke alarms installed in every bedroom; smoke alarms powered by either 240 volt or 10-year lithium batteries, having interconnected and photoelectric smoke alarms, and ensuring smoke alarms meet the Australian Standard 3876:2014.While 2022 still seems a fair distance away, Smoke Alarm Solutions COO Michelle Parsons said from May 1, 2019, a staggering 799 properties a day would have to be upgraded in order for all of the rentals in Queensland to meet the deadlines.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoAt present, smoke alarms are required to be on each storey and in hallways near the bedroom, as well as in clean and working order.