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Tuesday’s high, 71; Overnight low 58
WED-MOSTLY SUNNY THEN CLOUDY, BREEZY, HIGH 72
WED NIGHT-LOW 56
THU-MOSTLY CLOUDY, SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 79
THU NIGHT-LOW 63
FRI-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 77
FRI NIGHT-LOW 55
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Suspect is accused of stealing ATV and gasoline from Cameron County camp….garden dump cart stolen in Tioga County….door at Elkland Park Pavilion damaged by vandals….Blossburg woman hurt while trying to avoid a bear on Route 15….
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State police at Emporium say they have a suspect in a burglary taking place Memorial Day on the in Gibson Township. A gray Craftsman ATV with tire chains valued at $700, two red gallon gas cans, one containing a gallon of gas, valued at $10 each were taken from a camp on Mix Run Road. The property belongs to a 63 year old Sycamore, PA man and a 24 year old York, PA man.
The theft of a garden dump cart from a Delmar Township residence May 20 or 21 is being investigated by troopers at Mansfield. The cart valued at $120 was taken from a yard beside William Gee’s garage and was pushed onto Route 362.
Vandals caused $150 in damage to a door and frame at the park pavilion on First Street in Elkland. The crime took place between 9:00 pm last Saturday and 11:00 am Sunday.
Minor injuries were reported for a Blossburg woman after a one vehicle accident Tuesday morning on Route 15 in Tioga Township. State police report Jessica Tice lost control of her Pontiac G6 when she swerved to avoid a bear on the road a few minutes after 6:00 am while headed north. Tice was treated at Corning Hospital.
Troopers at Lewis Run say a motorist was unable to avoid hitting a deer on Route 6 in Hamlin Township at around 7:30 Monday morning. The driver was not hurt and the 2008 Dodge Stratus could be driven from the scene so the accident is considered a “non-reportable”.
A bill sponsored by Senator Ryan Aument (R-36) to reduce the risk of addiction was unanimously reported out of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee earlier this week.Senate Bill 572, which is part of a package of bills currently moving through the Senate that are aimed at further addressing the opioid epidemic in the state, would require patients to enter into treatment agreements with prescribers to ensure they understand the risks of addiction and the importance of adhering to safe, responsible guidelines for opioid use.The treatment agreements would require new patients to undergo baseline and periodic drug testing to monitor adherence to the prescribed treatment plans. These requirements would not apply in medical emergencies, to patients with existing relationships with a medical provider, cancer patients nor those who are terminally ill. Aument said that the drug testing requirement would help prescribers identify prior drug use and verify that patients are sticking to the prescribed treatment plan and not abusing prescription medications.“Many of today’s addiction problems result from legal prescription use that eventually spirals out of control,” Aument said. “Setting clear guidelines for patients and prescribers can help protect against the misuse of opioids so we can stop addiction before it starts.”
Aument’s legislation is based on recommendations contained in the guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain in the United States which were issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as Pennsylvania’s guidelines on the use of opioids to treat chronic non-cancer pain.Each of those authorities, in addition to a report from the General Assembly’s Joint State Government Commission issued in February, cited the value of detection and diagnosis as a key strategy to helping address the growing opioid epidemic.Additionally, the practice Aument is promoting has been endorsed by the United States Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and is already a policy used by several health care insurers, including Capital Blue Cross, Highmark Blue Shield and WellSpan Health.“Sadly, there is no ‘silver bullet’ to solve all of the problems associated with the opioid epidemic. It is a complex problem that must be addressed from every angle,” Aument said. “This legislation is another piece in the puzzle to prevent more patients from falling victim to addiction as a result of legal prescriptions that are misused.”