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Opioid ODs rise in PA/Schools using technology

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Jul 18, 2017 4:44 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, July 18, 2017:

More than 4,500 people died of an opioid overdose in Pennsylvania last year.  Another 1,500 were admitted to hospitals to be treated for heroin overdoses -- a 66% increase over the year before. 

That's according to recent research from the Pennsylvania Healthcare Cost Containment Council.

The report also showed rural counties like Perry, Lebanon and Northumberland had some of the highest rates of overdoses in the state. 

So what do all these numbers mean and what action is the state taking to fight the opioid crisis??  We'll find out on Tuesday's Smart Talk from Pennsylvania Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine and Joe Martin, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Healthcare Cost Containment Council.

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Dr. Rachel Levine & Joe Martin

Also, education in America hasn't changed much in the past hundred years.  That's even though the world around schools has and certainly technology has progressed - especially in the last 20 years.  Today's high school seniors have probably been exposed to computers and mobile phones for most of their lives.  The careers and jobs they choose will certainly involve technology.  So what are schools doing to utilize technology in the classroom?

We'll learn more from Josh DeSantis, Professor of Education at York College of Pennsylvania and Michael Snell, Superintendent in the Central York School District.

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Dr. Michael Snell & Josh DeSantis

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