Bethlehem Press

Monday, December 11, 2017

BASD board reorganizes; Faccinetto remains president

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by HEATHER NIGRONE in Local News

The Bethlehem School Board welcomed a special guest at its Dec. 4 meeting. Northampton County President Judge Stephen G. Baratta was in attendance to swear in the newest members of the board.

One by one, Board President Michael Faccinetto, Director Rogelio Ortiz, Vice President Shannon Patrick and Director Angela Sinkler were called to raise their hand and take the oath. Each was asked to swear that they would perform their duties in compliance with the laws of the Commonwealth.

2016 Pa. Drug Overdose Death Report

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by The Press in Local News

Gary Tuggle, Special Agent-in-Charge of DEA’s Philadelphia Field Division announced the release of its Analysis of Overdose Deaths in Pennsylvania, 2016 report at a news conference this past summer.

Key findings from the report indicate that in 2016, 4,642 drug-related overdose deaths were reported by Pennsylvania coroners and medical examiners, an increase of 37 percent from 2015. In 2016, approximately 13 people died of a drug-related overdose in Pennsylvania each day.

‘There’s no way we’re going to arrest our way out’ City, Bangor police offer new program

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by NATE JASTRZEMSKI in Local News

Administrators and police officials of Bethlehem and Bangor announced in the city Rotunda Nov. 16 a new program designed to help residents suffering during the ongoing opioid crisis. Called the Bethlehem/Bangor Police Assisting in Recovery program, or BPAIR, it allows people who want help initiating their recovery from addiction to go directly to the police and ask for it.

Doctors rethinking narcotics

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by JOHN E. USALIS in Local News

Pain management includes cutting back on prescriptions

Dealing with the opioid misuse epidemic in the country is being addressed in a preventive way through new procedures by medical professionals, according to Dr. Joanne Calabrese,an internist with the St. Luke’s Physicians Group.

“The rules and the guidelines are changing,” said Calabrese, referring to a 2016 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Opioid Misuse Strategy, “so it’s been challenging as a provider to know what the next step is, what’s going to happen, and how we’re going to guide our patients.”

Telling stories helps empathy kick in

Tuesday, December 5, 2017 by George Taylor in Local News

“Every time you write about this topic, you help reduce the stigma,” Pa. Attorney General Josh Shapiro told journalists gathered in Harrisburg recently to explore ways of reporting on the opioid crisis.

But Shapiro warned his audience, “I can’t put into words the magnitude of this crisis, and it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

“It’s going to take a multi-disciplinary approach to reach a solution,” he added.