In this Edition:
TUESDAY: 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.
TUESDAY: Scavello to Host Tdap Vaccine Clinic
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.
August Legislative Report: Wildlands Conservancy
Join me for a tour of the Wildlands Conservancy, a non-profit organization that promotes the preservation of green space throughout the Lehigh Valley and Pocono regions and is dedicated to educating the community about how to “create a legacy of a healthy, sustainable environment for future generations.” They offer educational programs all year long at numerous facilities throughout the Lehigh Valley in Emmaus, Schnecksville and Bethlehem.
Vehicle Damaged by a PennDOT Line Painting Truck?
Was your vehicle damaged by a PennDOT line painting truck? Line paint claims should be submitted to the county in which the incident occurred. You’ll need to provide the date, time, county, state route number, and the location of the occurrence.
The Bureau of Risk and Insurance Management within the Department of General Services is responsible for determining if a claim should be paid.
Wild Turkey Sighting Survey Underway
The second annual web-based Pennsylvania Wild Turkey Sighting Survey is underway, and the Pennsylvania Game Commission is asking for your help.
The public is encouraged to report any turkeys observed during August. Information submitted will help the agency analyze spring turkey production. Participants will be requested to record the numbers of wild turkeys they see, along with the general location, date and contact information if agency biologists have any questions.
PA Unemployment Amnesty Program
The PA Unemployment Compensation amnesty program runs through September 30, 2017. Claimants who have received UC benefits that they were not entitled to and employers who have not made mandatory tax contributions to the UC Trust Fund are being offered amnesty to repay what they owe at a discount.
The total amount owed to the UC Trust Fund from both claimants and employers eligible for the amnesty program is $651 million. You can find out more here.
Around the 40th District
Congratulations to Zachary Thomas of Troop 80 for reaching the rank of Eagle Scout! Best wishes as you head to college and remember, "Once an Eagle Scout, always an Eagle Scout!"
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2989 Route 611, Suite 103
Tannersville, PA 18372
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