BOSTON (AP) — The governors of all six New England states have sent a letter urging the head of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to tighten warnings on opioids.
The governors said the FDA should require changes on labels for immediate release opioids to make sure patients and doctors understand the risk of addiction, overdose, neonatal abstinence syndrome and death associated with the drugs.
The governors said the FDA already requires the most restrictive labeling language for extended release and long-acting opioids.
The letter dated Monday comes amid a spike in the number of heroin and opioid related deaths. The governors said abuse of opioid painkillers can lead to heroin addiction.
The governors said opioid abuse also imposes what they described as significant costs on the nation’s health care system.
(Click here to read the full letter to the FDA and here for Health Canada)
The Northeast Governors met Monday morning in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador where the members participated in the 39th annual Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers (NEG/ECP). The New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers are in Newfoundland to discuss issues of regional importance including energy, trade and transportation. Governors Malloy (CT), Hassan (NH), Baker (MA), Shumlin (VT), LePage (ME) and a representative from Rhode Island participated in today’s CONEG meeting.
The Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG) is an association that encourages intergovernmental cooperation in the Northeast through joint consideration of common issues relating to the economic, environmental and social well-being of the Northeast states. Members include Governor Dannel P. Malloy (CT & CONEG Chair), Governor Charlie Baker (MA & CONEG Vice-Chair), Governor Paul LePage (ME), Governor Maggie Hassan (NH), Governor Andrew Cuomo (NY), Governor Gina Raimondo (RI), and Governor Peter Shumlin (VT).
Major crime and incident report
Sunday, August 30, 2015
2:53 a.m.: larceny of bicycles, Bell Italia Pizzeria, 73 Elm St., investigated;
3:20 a.m.: accident, 244 Union St. at 430 Paper Mill Road, 2000 Honda Civic with two occupants crashed into a pole, two transported to area hospitals;
4:03 a.m.: accident, hit and run, Elm Electrical Inc., 68 Union St., 2015 Chevy Camaro, ran over and dragged a street sign, sign split gas tank, police followed gas trail, Jayson Andrew Tavernier, 32, of 28 Olive St., Springfield, arrested on charges of trespass, leaving the scene of property damage, marked lanes violation and speeding, see Westfield News for full story;
10:00 a.m.: vandalism motor vehicle, 28 Union St., resident reported someone had smashed out window of her car overnight;
12:44 p.m.: medical emergency, Clemenza’s Brick Oven, 91 Elm St., victim unconscious but breathing, transported to Baystate Noble Hospital;
6:42 p.m.: shoplifting, Walmart, 141 Springfield Road, Eric E. Guerrin, 28, of 620 North St., Dalton, arrested on charges of shoplifting by asportation over $100, trespass and possession of marijuana;
7:27 p.m.: accident, hit and run, 5 W. School St. at 10 Hampden St., caller reported that a parked vehicle was struck by a full-sized white pickup truck, police located truck and driver at Taco Bell, driver cited, information exchanged between the owners of the two motor vehicles;
7:39 p.m.: assist other agency, Baystate Noble Hospital, ER nurse called asking for police to secure a rape kit;
10:44 p.m.: college-related disturbance, College House, 75 Mechanic St., police investigated a party;
11:43 p.m.: college-related disturbance, 21 Cherry St., police investigated a party;
11:52 p.m.: suspicious, Church Street, caller reported seeing someone take a chair from back porch and attempt to smash the back door open, police couldn’t locate suspect.
Major crime and incident report
Saturday, August 29, 2015
1:08 a.m.: medical emergency, Van Dussen Apartments, 42 Arnold St., caller reported possible overdose, hung up without identifying himself, victim was alone when police arrived, was unconscious but breathing, there was nothing found in the apartment to determine if it was an overdose, transported to Baystate Noble Hospital;
5:14 a.m.: breaking & entering vehicle, George Street, caller reported someone broken into his vehicle overnight;
5:23 a.m.: assault, Kennedy Apartments, 7 Kasper Drive, caller reported her neighbor had been assaulted by a known assailant, suspect location unknown, report taken;
6:15 a.m.: vandalism, Polish National Credit Union, 1 Parkside Ave., someone had broken into a car on George Street, stole a bank card for the credit union, tried to use it at credit union, and vandalized the card reader of ATM;
11:42 a.m.: accident, vicinity of Polish Deli, 7 White St., two-vehicle accident involving 2014 Toyota Venza and 2000 Honda motorcycle, motorcyclist transported to Baystate Noble Hospital with leg injury;
1:24 p.m.: accident, vicinity of 32 Washington St., female fell off her motorcycle, transported to Baystate Noble Hospital with lacerations to her body;
3:57 p.m.: sex offense, Tobacco Barn, 49 Elm St., Jacquet L. Wilson, 47 of 128 Elm St., Apt. 1 arrested on charges of rape;
6:23 p.m.: vandalism motor vehicle, Holland Avenue, caller reported that he thinks a tire on his vehicle was vandalized;
7:02 p.m.: accident, 59 Washington St., minor property damage;
8:18 p.m.: suspicious, Neck Road, 20 people gathered, no alcohol, no one impaired, crowd dispersed;
11:10 p.m.: breaking and entering motor vehicle, Manchin’s Apartments, 128 Elm St., investigated;
11:56 p.m.: larceny, Raymond Circle, caller reported that someone stole her cell phone from the Tekoa Country Club.