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August 8: Learn How to Save a Life During an Opioid Overdose
On Tuesday, August 8 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., I am hosting a free educational presentation with the Pennsylvania Department of Health at my Northampton County district office (2 N. Robinson Avenue, Pen Argyl) about the use of naloxone, one of the primary medications used to reverse a potentially fatal opioid overdose.
Reserve your spot today at 610-863-1200.
This free presentation is designed to help adults learn how naloxone is being used to save lives and to equip individuals with knowledge and resources to help friends and loved ones who struggle with addiction.
The increased use of heroin, which often has roots in the abuse of prescription painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin, has catapulted Pennsylvania to seventh in the nation for drug-related overdose deaths in recent federal statistics. On average at least ten Pennsylvanians die every day from a drug overdose, with over 3,500 overdose deaths in Pennsylvania in 2015.
According to a National Survey of Primary Care Physicians, nine out of 10 doctors reported prescription drug abuse as a moderate to large problem in their communities, and 85 percent believed that prescription drugs are overused in clinical practice.
We have taken many strides to address the continued opioid epidemic in the Commonwealth, from new prescribing guidelines for physicians to increased access to addiction rehabilitation. As we continue to battle the opioid crisis, this informational presentation is a critical part of educating ourselves on the life-saving benefits of Naloxone. No one is immune to the effects of addiction.
Attendees are asked to RSVP for this free presentation, as space is limited. Call 610-863-1200 to reserve a seat.
Scavello to Host Tdap Vaccine Clinic on August 8
As part of my ongoing Healthy Living Series, I am hosting a Tdap Vaccine Clinic in partnership with the PA Department of Health on August 8 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at my Pen Argyl district office (2 N. Robinson Avenue, Pen Argyl).
Tdap is a combination booster vaccine that inoculates against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough).
The Tdap vaccine shots are available to individuals of all ages who are uninsured or underinsured. This service is not available to anyone with Medicare Part D or insurance that already covers the vaccination.
Contact the PA Department of Health at 610-250-1825 to schedule your FREE appointment.
Senator Scavello to Host Tele Town Hall August 15
I will be hosting my next Tele Town Hall on Tuesday evening, August 15 at 6 PM. This is an opportunity for residents of the 40th Senate District to voice their opinions and concerns regarding a host of different issues.
To ensure that you receive a call, particularly if you would like to participate via a cell phone, please visit the link below to register for the event. I look forward to speaking with all of you!
Click here to register to receive a call on your cell phone or land line.
Free Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Services
The PA Department of Health's HealthyWoman Program offers free breast and cervical cancer early detection services to those meeting the eligibility standards.
For more information on the services provided and the income/age requirements, please call 1-800-215-7494 or click here.
New Handbook Provides Helpful Information about Family Caregiving
Across Pennsylvania, more than 1.6 million Pennsylvanians are caring for older parents, spouses, or other loved ones, assisting them to live independently rather than in one of the Commonwealth’s long-term, institutional nursing homes.
Dedicated family and friends are providing $20 billion annually in uncompensated care allowing seniors to safely live at home and in their community.
The PA Homecare Association is making available “Secrets No One Told You about Family Caregiving.” The 48-page handbook features tips, tricks, and helpful hints for family members caring for a loved one. Obtain your copy by calling PHA at 1-800-382-1211.
Heatstroke Prevention Day
Monday is Heatstroke Prevention Day. On average, every 10 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle. In more than half of these deaths, the caregiver forgot the child was in the car.
SafeKids.org offers some simple steps that can help prevent these tragedies.
Around the 40th District
Congratulations to Reuben Scott Graham who received his Eagle Scout Award this past weekend. Best wishes to you as you use the principles you learned in Scouting in the years ahead!
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2989 Route 611, Suite 103
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