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Frye: Attacking the opioid crisis

first_imgGreensburg, In. — Last year, nearly 64,000 people in the United States died from drug overdoses, and half of those deaths were opioid related. In Indiana, opioid overdose deaths rose 52 percent between 2015 and 2016, and have more than doubled over the last three years. In Southeast Indiana, our communities are all too familiar with the opioid crisis, as many of us have family members or close friends who have been affected by drug addiction.In his first year of taking office, Gov. Eric Holcomb, in collaboration with state lawmakers, has taken thoughtful steps toward attacking this growing health crisis. Implementing a comprehensive, community-based strategy, the governor and his administration have focused their efforts on improving drug prevention, treatment and enforcement. Under this three-pronged framework, the General Assembly passed several laws attacking the state’s opioid epidemic during the 2017 legislative session.Currently, families in rural areas often cannot find drug treatment in or within close proximity to their community. In order to better serve these parts of the state, lawmakers created mobile addiction treatment teams comprised of healthcare professionals. These teams cover underserved areas and offer counseling, detoxification and treatment to families in need.Unfortunately, there are many cases in Indiana of pregnant mothers exposing their unborn children to harmful drugs. In order to protect these newborns and ensure they receive immediate care, legislators added neonatal abstinence syndrome as an eligibility factor when determining if a child is in need of court-ordered services. Under the law, these children can receive medication-assisted treatment, which uses a combination of medicine and behavioral therapy to treat withdrawal symptoms. We also established a new program to help expecting or new mothers with opioid addiction begin their path to recovery.To prevent opioid abuse, it’s critical to equip healthcare professionals, law enforcement and emergency personnel with the data and information they need to tackle this issue. Indiana has technology in place that provides physicians with access to patients’ opioid prescription history, but prescription abuse still occurs. To address over-prescribing, a state law limits first-time opioid prescriptions to a seven-day supply. In many of these cases, a patient only needs a few days of opioid-strength medication. Shorter prescriptions reduce the likelihood of developing an addiction and the chance of leftover pills falling into the wrong hands.In addition, the governor recently launched Next Level Recovery, which is an easy-to-use, online portal for all state resources addressing the opioid crisis. Through the website, health care providers, pharmacists and first responders have access to information about the state’s current efforts. You can access the site at’s important to understand that it will take time to overcome Indiana’s opioid epidemic. We have tremendous resources and programs already devoted toward this effort. However, as a state, we can do more and will do more when lawmakers return for the upcoming session in January.As always, please contact me with questions or input at 317-234-3827 or by email at I appreciate hearing from you in order to better represent our district. Stay up-to-date with the work being done at the Statehouse by signing up to receive my email updates at read more

March unemployment in Indiana inches down

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — March unemployment in Indiana edged down one-tenth of a percent to 3.2 percent. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the rate has trended below the national average since October 2014.The Hoosier workforce increased by more than 7,500 and more than 2,000 unemployed residents found work. Unemployment insurance claims continue to hit historic lows as well.last_img

Keep food safety in mind this holiday weekend

first_imgStatewide—Every year, millions of Americans commemorate Memorial Day to honor the sacrifices so many have made to protect our country. This holiday weekend might not be like past years, so while we keep public health recommendations in mind, let’s not forget food safety practices to prevent foodborne illnesses.For those who choose to celebrate outdoors, The Ripley County Health Department website has recommendations on food safety tips to keep your outdoor activities safe and fun this Memorial Day weekend.For any food safety questions this summer, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or chat live at from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Remember food safety to have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!last_img read more

Phillips tempted by offer to move

first_imgKevin Phillips could leave Crystal Palace little more than a month after firing the Eagles back into the Barclays Premier League after admitting to being tempted by an offer to move away from Selhurst Park. After the 39-year-old striker scored the decisive penalty in the play-off final defeat of Watford, Palace boss Ian Holloway hinted he was prepared to offer Phillips a new deal, but the former England frontman could now move on. “My agent has been speaking to Palace and the chairman (Steve Parish) – there have been a few figures bandied around but we’re a bit apart on them,” Phillips told the Croydon Advertiser. “I do have offers elsewhere and if I’m being honest, there is one real offer which I’m very, very tempted by.” He added: “There are a couple of other offers that may materialise over the next week or so too. But there is certainly an offer there for me that is very tempting. It’s at a good level that certainly interests me. “There are certainly different offers out there on the pitch and even off it for me, and at my age I’m delighted at these people expressing their interest. “The week after next will be an important week for me.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Martinez keen to wrap up new deals

first_img Press Association Baines could well make a return before the new year as he appears to be ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation. Having sustained the injury in the Merseyside derby at the end of November, the worst-case scenario was a six-week absence. Martinez thinks he could be back within 10 days to a fortnight, which could make him available for the December 22 trip to Swansea. “It is one of those injuries which is so frustrating because Leighton is feeling great, but when you start to do some work you realise you still have a period to heal the fracture and give it some more time,” said the Toffees boss. “I don’t think he will be available for Saturday – although I wouldn’t discount it – and it will be more realistic for the next couple of weeks. “This Saturday is a very important game at home (to Fulham) and then you go straight into four games in a 10-day period, which is demanding, and then we are going to be strong in the FA Cup. “We need as many players as we can. We have lost Darron Gibson and Arouna Kone and hope we can have everyone else, and it will be vital to have Leighton fully fit.” With 18 months remaining on the England left-back’s current deal, Martinez is wary of talking too much publicly about the 29-year-old, but Press Association Sport understands talks are ongoing about his future. But with former boss David Moyes lurking in the background, the Toffees’ first challenge may well be to fend off a Red Devils bid in January and then persuade Baines to commit his future to them. The situation with Barkley and Distin is more clear-cut. “You can imagine we are working always behind the scenes to try to reward youngsters who do well at the club and Ross is clearly that, but there is nothing to announce,” said the Spaniard. “Even when you don’t speak about issues, we work really hard behind the scenes to try to make sure that the youngsters get rewarded and Ross clearly deserves that. “Sylvain has been a terrific performer this season and we couldn’t be happier with his role at the club. “All these issues are vital for us and we are going to look after them straight after this Christmas period. “At this moment, all that matters is to get everyone focused on being ready to help the team and Sylvain clearly has been an example of doing that.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez has pledged to look after both the old and younger members of his squad with new contracts in January. Veteran defender Sylvain Distin, who is 36 next week, is entering the final six months of his deal but is set to get a short-term renewal, while midfielder Ross Barkley, who turned 20 last week, is likely to get improved terms on the four-and-a-half-year contract he signed in December 2011. Everton hope the contractual negotiations after the festive period will also include defender Leighton Baines, who is sidelined with a broken toe but is a target for Manchester United. last_img read more

Seniors create personalized protein supplement company

first_imgUSC seniors Ryan Roddy (left) and Harrison Valner (right) launched their company Kyoku after recognizing he need for protein supplements that emphasize health benefits.(Photo courtesy of Kyoku) After noticing that many protein supplements did not emphasize health benefits, two USC seniors wanted to create a product of their own. Harrison Valner and Ryan Roddy launched Kyoku, a workout supplement company which helps users looking to maintain energy levels.  Sean Stevens, a senior majoring in business administration, is a customer of Kyoku and has known Roddy since freshman year. For students who are interested in starting their own business, Roddy recommends that they have three important elements. They created their product to make sure that it would fit people with a wide variety of fitness goals. In an effort to expand their product’s concept, the duo sought out different grants for projects through the University.  “Even if you have a great product, the market opportunity is there, and the team is awesome, [there are] going to be moments in the journey that are just too hard for you to keep on going on if money is your biggest motivator,” Roddy said. “There just needs to be something else that gets you up and motivated out of that, beyond external motivators.” “I’ve seen when it was just a flowering idea to kind of now their more rigorous day-to-day operations,” Stevens said. “I was definitely someone that saw that as something that they could change [protein supplements as we know it.] … I originally was using dairy-based protein powder and it would make my stomach upset and cause more breakouts with my acne. So Ryan explained the science behind and the pros and cons of the plant-based post-workout shake. And I was [like], ‘Yeah, you guys should do it!’” Valner, a senior in the Iovine and Young Academy, and Roddy, a senior majoring in business administration, met through Lavalab, a student-run incubator in the Marshall School of Business. They immediately became best friends and began carpooling to the gym they both frequented off campus. Realizing they both had a passion for fitness, they decided to create a business around it. Once they received the grant, the pair spent their summer developing Kyoku and expanding their business model. Kyoku was able to raise nearly $100,000 after gathering funds from friends and family.  One of the company’s main investors is Science Inc., a consumer products-focused venture capital fund based in Santa Monica that focuses on pre-product companies. They were able to raise an additional $1.5 million with Science Inc. to be used for production and marketing. “I had gotten … a reminder, I think it was that afternoon, it was like ‘Just a reminder, applications are due at 11:59 p.m.’ and I remember Ryan and I sat down for literally four hours straight and put together a business plan, built a deck and really built the entire idea of the company,” Valner said.center_img Valner and Roddy found that the Iovine and Young Academy provided grants for select student projects. However, the application was due the same night they discovered the opportunity. “A lot of people in the venture capital community, they really look for the product, the market and the team,” Roddy said. “Those are the three things that really are the determinant as to whether or not they’ll invest in a product or company. So I think it’s important to hit those three things in some fashion.”  The company also emphasizes sustainable sourcing and uses sustainable packaging materials and ingredients. According to Kyoku’s website, the plant-based ingredients the company uses produce fewer greenhouse gases and all packaging is recyclable. “We knew if we just created another protein powder or supplement or superfood shake that we would not be able to compete out there,” Valner said. “We had to do something that stood out that was different and unique.”   Valner believes that what makes Kyoku different from other supplement companies is that they pride themselves in being comprehensive and detailed. “If you’re going to the market, you’re buying a cup of protein, there’s just gonna be protein in that, whereas for us, our formulas range from 40-60% protein and 40-60% organic whole foods [such as] kale, spinach, beets, quinoa,” Valner said. “There are 25 different ingredients we work with.” The duo said that having those three things, along with passion and a mission, will help people find success in their business.  “We soft-launched the business in early July and have spent the time since then in beta. We’re on track to hard-launch the business in early 2020,” Roddy said. “I think just getting ourselves to market and positioning our company sort of in a very fundamental way was the most pivotal thing to get the brand to market and set us up for success in the future.” Kyoku works with dieticians and doctors to create personalized active nutrition plans for customers, and delivers shake supplements in single-serve packets monthly.last_img read more

Mike Tyson declares himself “the best ever” as he sweats it out ahead of Roy Jones fight

first_img 3 weeks ago Adam DeVine shares experience of swimming with predators while filming Shark Week special California State Athletic Commission executive officer Andy Foster said last month that the Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr fight “wouldn’t be a real fight.” While filming a trailer for the fight with social media company Triller, Iron Mike appeared to lose his cool while responding to Foster’s comments. “This is in the name of fighting. We wanna kill each other, man. The people are coming to see us fight because we wanna kill each other. They’re f***ing savages, they wanna kill each other. They want blood.” SUBSCRIBE TO US The exhibition fight between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr was initially scheduled for September 12 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. It was supposed to serve as the main card of the event also featuring a bout between former NBA star Nate Robinson and YouTuber Jake Paul. According to reports, both parties agreed to push the exhibition match by two months as they saw a potential to maximise revenue from Iron Mike’s highly-anticipated return. For several months now, Tyson has been training with MMA coach Rafael Cordeiro. Tyson shared multiple clips and photos to Instagram where he flaunted his remarkable transformation.Also Read | Mike Tyson Using Electric Muscle Stimulation To Prepare For Sept 12 Return Vs Roy Jones LIVE TV 4 weeks ago ‘Shark Week 2020’: Mike Tyson ‘knocks out’ a shark, then says ‘it’s pretty liberating’ Mike Tyson training: Hypes up bout against Roy Jones JrContinuing the hype train for his upcoming bout, Mike Tyson shared a picture on social media and claimed that he’s the “best ever” and the “most ruthless” boxer there has ever been. Donning one of the many t-shirts from his apparel range, Tyson had a towel on his head, inferring that the picture might have been taken after another intense training session in the gym. While the photo was typical Tyson posing as The Baddest Man on the Planet, his bold caption was arguably the highlight of his post. “I’m the best ever. I’m the most brutal and vicious, and most ruthless champion there’s ever been,” he wrote. In a similar post shared on Thursday, Tyson wore a t-shirt of himself with the words ‘greatest of all time.’Also Read | Mike Tyson Vs Roy Jones Jr To Be Postponed Until November 28: Reports First Published: 14th August, 2020 16:40 IST Written By Also Read | Mike Tyson Vs Roy Jones Jr: Former World Champs To Meet In An 8-round Blockbuster BoutAlso Read | Don Bradman Ends Test Career At Average Of 99.94 On August 14, 1948; Watch Video(Image credits: Mike Tyson Instagram) 4 weeks ago Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr to be postponed until November 28: Reportscenter_img WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 14th August, 2020 16:40 IST Mike Tyson Declares Himself “the Best Ever” As He Sweats It Out Ahead Of Roy Jones Fight Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson has declared himself the “best ever” as he continues to hype his upcoming bout against Roy Jones Jr. 4 weeks ago Mike Tyson using electric muscle stimulation to prepare for Sept 12 return vs Roy Jones WE RECOMMEND COMMENT FOLLOW US Former world champion Mike Tyson has been busy these days hyping up his return to boxing after 15 long years. The Baddest Man on the Planet will be facing Roy Jones Jr in an eight-round exhibition bout on November 28. Despite being way past his prime, Mike Tyson is adamant that the exhibition bout will not be a show fight, instead, both competitors will be looking to “annihilate” each other. Sujay Chakraborty 3 weeks ago Tyson Fury washes his own luxury cars which include a £300k Ferrari and £38k Land Roverlast_img read more

Basketball: NBA Junior league expected to start in Ghana next year

first_imgAs part of plans by the Ghana Basketball Association to develop the sport in the country, the Ghana Basket Ball Association, NBA Africa and Rite Multimedia are planning to establish a Junior NBA branded league in the country.David Addo-Ashong the president of the Ghana basketball association and Kita Matungulu, associate director of basketball operation at NBA Africa made this known at the 2015 Sprite Ball Clinic held at Lizzy Sports Complex in Accra.“We have to grow the game in the right way. So it’s key to start at the grass root level with the young ones, through the Junior NBA league,” said Kita Matungulu.Mr Matungulu said his outfit is currently in discussions with the Ghana basketball associations and other key partners.“I’m hopeful that the deal will be sealed this year and the league will start next season, that’s my hope, but the basketball association of Ghana believes we can start in the last quarter of this year (2015),” said Mr Matungulu.Yaw Sakyi, organiser of the Sprite Ball Clinic said the the Junior NBA league project is a step in the right direction for the growth of basketball in the country. Sprite Ball Clinic Also present at the Sprite Ball Clinic were two NBA stars: Serge Ibaka who plays for Oklahama City Thunder and Gorgui Dieng of the Mininnesota Timberwolves.They were happy to be in Ghana to help develop and inspire young Ghanaian basketball talents. They further expressed their condolence to the victims of the recent flood and fire disaster in the country. Ibaka and Dieng both originally from Congo and Senegal respectively, interacted with players and officials from Greater Accra as part of the promotional drive for the sports in Ghana.The NBA stars shared their experiences and knowledge of the game with the players and officials.On the second day of the clinic, the duo will travel to Cape Coast, where they will conduct a similar exercise, in order to unearth two players to represent the country at the 2015 basketball without borders programme in South Africa between July 29 to August 1.Nathan Mensah and Joel Mensah represented Ghana last year, after their outstanding display during the screening.last_img read more

Turnovers doom Pitt in 56-28 loss to Georgia Tech

first_imgGeorgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas (5) tries to evade Pittsburgh linebacker Anthony Gonzalez (28) in the first quarter of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh’s mistakes kept piling up, each one more inexplicable than the last.Chad Voytik diving for a first down. James Conner inches from the end zone. Tyler Boyd stretching for an extra yard. Each of them effort plays by the three most vital parts of the Panther offense. Each of them ending with the same result: a Georgia Tech defender on top of the ball and the Yellow Jackets’ offense sprinting onto the field.Five times in the first quarter the Panthers fumbled. Five times Georgia Tech recovered, converting four of the recoveries into touchdowns in a surprisingly easy 56-28 win on Saturday. Pitt’s five fumbles lost in the opening 15 minutes tied an FBS record.“Kind of a fluke I guess having that many fumbles in a row,” Conner said. “That’s part of the game though.”One that further muddled an already murky ACC Coastal Division. Pitt’s chance to create a bit of separation ended before it began. The Panthers (4-4, 2-2) trailed by 28-0 barely 5 minutes in and never drew closer than 14 the rest of the way.“Now we’ve dug ourselves a hole early in the game and in the season now,” Pitt safety Ray Vinopal said. “So we’re going to have to get it going here. One more loss puts us out of ACC contention.”Probably not in a division where six of the seven teams have two losses and the other – Duke – plays in Pittsburgh next week.Still, any momentum the Panthers generated after a rousing 21-16 win over Virginia Tech nine days ago quickly vanished. Athletic director Steve Pederson tried to give the program an emotional jolt on Friday, announcing that the team would play with the old school “Pitt” script logo on its helmets, a nod to the school’s storied past.The lift never happened. Not even close.Conner shook off a twisted right knee to rush for 119 yards and three scores to go over 1,000 yards on the season. The moment that will stick with him, however, is the one yard he didn’t get.Trailing by a touchdown early in the first quarter, Conner appeared ready to tie the game when he took a handoff from Voytik and darted for the end zone 75 yards away. He only made it 74. Conner was about to cross the goal line when Georgia Tech’s D.J. White punched the ball free. It rolled out of the end zone for a touchback. Three plays later the Yellow Jackets were up 14-0 after a 79-yard pass from Justin Thomas to Charles Perkins.Conner admitted he took a peek at the scoreboard at the end of the longest run of his career.“Looked like everybody was behind me so I thought I had it,” he said. “Next time I’ll sprint to the back of the end zone. It’s a lesson learned.”A painful one.Broderick Snoddy ran for 82 yards and three touchdowns and Georgia Tech (6-2, 3-2 ACC) snapped a two-game losing streak as its triple-option offense crushed the nation’s fourth-ranked defense. Pitt came in allowing 280 yards per game. The Yellow Jackets more than doubled that, racking up 612 yards, including 465 on the ground.“Just guys not in the spots they were in all week in practice,” Vinopal said. “That’s how you get beat and we got beat bad.”Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson challenged his defense after the Yellow Jackets gave up 579 yards in a loss to North Carolina last week, saying his team needed to become more aggressive.Pitt did its part to help during a comical opening 10 minutes, finding increasingly elaborate ways to give the Yellow Jackets the ball.Snoddy’s 34-yard sprint after a Boyd fumble made it 28-0 with 9:44 left in the first quarter.The Pitt student section grew so exasperated it chanted “Hold That Ball” and sarcastically roared when the Panthers executed a play without turning it over. It didn’t last as Voytik botched a snap on the Panthers’ fifth possession and the Yellow Jackets fell on it once again, giving them five fumble recoveries in the first quarter, or four more than they had the entire season coming in.The Panthers regrouped to draw within 28-14 behind a pair of short scoring runs by Conner. Pitt had a chance to draw closer late in the second quarter when it drove to the Georgia Tech 43. Facing fourth-and-3, coach Paul Chryst opted to punt.“I didn’t want to give them a short field and it turns into a three-score game,” Chryst said.It did anyway.The Yellow Jackets missed a field goal to end the half but momentum had shifted. Georgia Tech opened the second half with a 75-yard touchdown drive, the final 28 coming on Snoddy’s third score that made it 35-14.last_img read more

Nuno: “There are people who are dying and we are here playing a soccer game, it is absurd”

first_img“You play a soccer game, but look what is happening all over the world, with sick people, people who are dying …. “Nuno told ‘BT Sport’, before his team jumped onto the field to face Olympiacos in the second European competition.“There are people who die and you are here playing a soccer game. It’s stupid“added the Portuguese coach, whose team has played behind closed doors against the Greeks.”Playing without fans does not make sense, football serves to entertain and we play for them“he added. “The current situation is above football, we have to know it, and everyone is concerned. Closing the stadium door is not the solution, all this is not normal“Nuno explained to Sky Sports in the pre-match against Olympiacos.”Why don’t we stop? It is dangerous to continue with this attitude“he finished.Solbakken: “I was surprised by UEFA’s arrogance”The Copenhagen coach also expressed his disagreement with the fact that the match was played normally: “It should never have been played. It has been a very, very difficult day for players due to the development of the coronavirus in Denmark. They have wives, children, parents and grandparents that they think about. It’s amazing that they came out and played like tonight. It bears witness to a collective strength and support system across the team. “He also charged against UEFA: “I’m amazed at UEFA’s arrogance and was even more upset when I went down to the locker room after the game and heard that from tomorrow onwards all matches in Turkey would be played without fans.. There is no point in talking about the match today, but everyone has made a fantastic effort. In my opinion, this tournament fell today. “ Wolverhampton Wanderers coach Nuno Espírito Santo strongly criticized the decision of UEFA to make them play this Thursday the first leg of the round of 16 of the Europa League and assured that it is “absurd” because there are people who are “dying”.last_img read more

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