Squad to coordinate distribution of naloxone in Carbon County
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.
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.