Squad to co­or­di­nate dis­tri­bu­tion of nalox­one in Car­bon County

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - LOCAL - BY KELLY MONITZ STAFF WRITER

JIM THORPE — Car­bon County com­mis­sion­ers des­ig­nated the Le­high­ton Am­bu­lance As­so­ci­a­tion as cen­tral­ized co­or­di­nat­ing en­tity for the dis­tri­bu­tion of nalox­one to first re­spon­ders such as po­lice and sher­iff ’s deputies.

The as­so­ci­a­tion al­ready had a pro­gram in place with some Car­bon County po­lice de­part­ments and the sher­iff ’s depart­ment and would be will­ing to ex­pand that to in­clude other in­ter­ested de­part­ments through a Penn­syl­va­nia Com­mis­sion on Crime and Delin­quency pro­gram sup­ply­ing first re­spon­ders with the drug that re­verses over­doses.

The com­mis­sion is work­ing on this dis­tri­bu­tion in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Penn­syl­va­nia De par tment of Drug and Al­co­hol Pro­grams, the Penn­syl­va­nia De par tment of Health and the Physi­cian Gen­eral.

“T his so­lic­i­ta­tion is in re­sponse to the opi­oid epi­demic g rip­ping the Com­mon­wealth of Penn­syl­va­nia,” a re­lease from the Depart­ment of Health states.

The pro­gram is at no cost to the county, Com­mis­sioner Chair­man Wayne Noth­stein said. The in­tranasal nalox­one kits will be pro­vided to the co­or­di­nat­ing en­tity di­rectly un­der a state con­tract, he said.

In ad­di­tion to the com­mis­sion­ers’ des­ig­na­tion let­ter, Jamie Drake, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the Car­bon/Mon­roe/ Pike Drug and Al­co­hol Com­mis­sion, will also of­fer a let­ter of sup­port, Noth­stein said. Area po­lice de­part­ments need to fill out pa­per­work as well or it could jeop­ar­dize the pro­gram, he said. The dead­line is Nov. 6.

Noth­stein be­lieves par­tic­i­pat­ing in this pro­gram might give the county a bet­ter han­dle on how much nalox­one is be­ing used.

Block grant projects

Also at their meet­ing Thurs­day, the com­mis­sion­ers ap­proved nearly $700,000 in Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Block Grant projects for 2017, which in­cludes $108,731 for phase four of the Gin­der Field Play­ground re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion project in Sum­mit Hill.

They also chose to wait an­other week to award con­tracts for three other CDBG projects at the re­quest of the Of­fice of Plan­ning and De­vel­op­ment, which is re­view­ing the bids they re­ceived two weeks ago.

T hose projects are Rex Road re­con­struc­tion in Ma­hon­ing Twp., Weatherly Com­mu­nity Li­brary boiler re­place­ment in Packer Twp. and Hazard Street re­con­struc­tion in Nesque­hon­ing.

Elec­tion

The county Elec­tion Board ap­proved the voter regis­tra­tion to­tals for the Gen­eral Elec­tion on Nov. 7. There are 18,147 peo­ple reg­is­tered as Democrats, 18,028 reg­is­tered as Repub­li­cans, 67 as Green Party, 262 as Lib­er­tar­ian, 1,080 as In­de­pen­dent, 3,530 as no af­fil­i­a­tion and 1,378 as other.

Th­ese peo­ple will serve as precinct elec­tion of­fi­cials for the Gen­eral Elec­tion: Daniel Wynn, judge of elec­tions, Lans­ford Mid­dle — 24th; Chris­tine Hoff­man, ma­chine op­er­a­tor, and Cyn­thia Fin­sel, clerk, Le­high — 27th; Stephanie Malaska, judge of elec­tions, Kath­leen Arner, ma­jor­ity in­spec­tor, and Pa­tri­cia Kane, mi­nor­ity in­spec­tor, Nesque­hon­ing West — 42nd; April Wal­ters, mi­nor­ity in­spec­tor, Packer — 45th; Tom Radocha, clerk, Sum­mit Hill 1st — 52nd; Patty Mans­berry, clerk, and Joy Kiep, ma­chine op­er­a­tor, Sum­mit Hill 3rd — 54th; and Deborah Har tz, ma­chine op­er­a­tor, Weatherly East — 58th.

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