Imagine being a young woman, heavy with child, and struggling with addiction.
You work at a couple of low wage jobs to support your family, and haven’t even seen a doctor yet because you don’t have time or transportation, and you’re terrified you’ll be arrested and have your children taken away from you because of your drug dependence.
There is help.
Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Connections program is designed for women who want to make life better for their children and themselves.
During the March 4 Hellertown Council meeting a conditional use hearing was held with Solicitor Michael Corriere overseeing the proceedings. Lost Tavern Brewing is currently located at 782 Main St. in Hellertown and is looking to expand its operation through the purchase of a 7063 square -foot warehouse located at 720 Main St., behind Dunkin’ Donuts. The owners of Neighbors Lawn and Garden Center in Hellertown have owned it for years and used the building for storage.
Two pieces of legislation aimed at helping the men and women in opioid addiction treatment and recovery were in the spotlight March 12 during a hearing in front of the state House Human Services Committee.
The bills, sponsored by state Rep. Doyle Heffley of Carbon County, would create a bed registry and a warm hand-off for addiction treatment.
“The opioid crisis affects every county and every part of the state, whether you’re rural or urban,” Heffley said. “This is something we need to continue to address ,and the hearing today is another step in that direction.”
Northampton County’s nursing home, Gracedale, suffered a setback in December when the state Department of Health noted 11 patient-care deficiencies during its annual inspection. Its current Medicare rating is two stars, or below average. But there are signs things are turning around. During a revisit, the state Department of Health noted all deficiencies have been corrected. In addition, the home was complimented by the state on its reduction in the use of psychotropic drugs.
Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th
Office: 1 E. Broad St., Suite 120, Bethlehem
Phones: 610-868-8667; 717-787-4236.
Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th
Office 702 Hamilton St., Allentown
Phones: 610-821-8468; 717-787-1349.
Sen. Mario Scavello, R-40th
Office: 2 N. Robinson Ave., Pen Argyl; 2989 Route 611, Unit 103, Tannersville, Monroe County
Phones: 610-863-1200; 570-620-4326; 717-787-6123.
Rep. Bob Freeman, D-136th
Office: 215 Northampton St., Easton
Phones: 610-253-5543; 717-783-3815,
The rate of neonatal abstinence syndrome in newborns increased 1,096 percent between 2000-01 and 2016-17.
The Pennsylvania Cost Containment Council tracked the rate of hospital stays for infants who are born with drugs in their systems.
Green County, in southwestern Pennsylvania, topped the list with a rate of 76 per thousand births. The lowest was Tioga County, with a rate of 3.2 per thousand.
Here are the rates per thousand babies in our area.
• Monroe County: 19.4.
• Carbon County: 19
• Schuylkill County: 13.6
• Northampton County: 8.4
Blue Guardian program introduced New initiative in opioid fight uses existing community relationships
Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin and County Drug and Alcohol Administrator Layne Turner announced a new program being launched in Lehigh County to help in the fight against opioids and substance abuse: Blue Guardian.
On March 6, following a lengthy meeting attended by approximately 40 elections judges, Northampton County’s Elections Commission voted 3-2 to recommend that County Council fund the ES&S ExpressVote XL over the Clear Ballot voting systems.