Seven board races set for March, 15 lawyers elected unopposed Seven Florida Bar Board of Governors races will be decided in the March Bar elections, while 15 lawyers have been elected or re-elected to board seats following the December 15 filing deadline for the 2001 elections. This year members will have a choice of voting either by the mailed paper ballot or via the Internet. (A full story on voting procedures will be in the January 15 Bar News.) A total of 21 lawyers filed for the seven contested seats. They are: • Russell Divine and Silvia Ibanez, both of Orlando, for Seat 2 in the Ninth Circuit. The winner will replace Michael McMahon. • Jennifer Coberly of Miami, David Deehl of Coral Gables and Valerie Tompkins of Miami for Seat 4 in the 11th Circuit. The winner will replace Manny Morales. • Jack Rudy and Tim Sullivan both of Tampa for Seat 2 in the 13th Circuit. The winner will replace Mark Buell. • Incumbent Jerry Beer of West Palm Beach will face Richard B. Kay of Tequesta for Seat 2 of the 15th Circuit. • Incumbent James Lupino of Tavernier will face Jiulio Margalli of Key West for Seat 1 of the 16th Circuit. • Alfreda Coward, James Davis and Frank Walker, all of Ft. Lauderdale, and Jerome Solkoff of Deerfield Beach for Seat 5 in the 17th Circuit. The winner will replace John Hume. • Incumbent Buck Vocelle of Vero Beach will face Gean C. Junginger of Ft. Pierce for Seat 1 in the 19th Circuit. Elected without opposition were: • Incumbent Kelly Overstreet Johnson of Tallahassee for Seat 1 in the Second Circuit. • Incumbent Henry Coxe of Jacksonville for Seat 2 in the Fourth Circuit. • Incumbent Dude Phelan of Ocala for Seat 1 in the Fifth Circuit. • Incumbent John Yanchunis of St. Petersburg for Seat 2 in the Sixth Circuit. • Incumbent Robert Rush of Gainesville for Seat 1 in the Eighth Circuit. • Incumbent David Rothman of Miami for Seat 2 in the 11th Circuit. • Incumbent Sharon Langer of Miami for Seat 6 in the 11th Circuit. • Incumbent Andrew Needle of Miami for Seat 8 in the 11th Circuit. • Incumbent Arthur Rice of Miami for Seat 10 in the 11th Circuit. • Incumbent Tony Abate of Sarasota Seat 1 of the 12th Circuit. • Incumbent Rich Gilbert of Tampa for Seat 3 in the 13th Circuit. • Incumbent David Welch of Pompano Beach for Seat 2 of the 17th Circuit. • Incumbent Henry Latimer of Ft. Lauderdale for Seat 3 in the 17th Circuit. • Incumbent Richard Tanner of Upper Montclair, NJ, for Seat 1 representing out-of-state members. • Incumbent Dennis Whalen of Akron, OH, for Seat 3 representing out-of-state members. Ballots for the board elections will be received around March 1 and must be returned by midnight March 21. Any runoffs will be resolved by an April ballot. New and returning board members will be sworn in June 22 during the Bar’s Annual Meeting. All will serve two-year terms. Seven board races set for March, 15 lawyers elected unopposed January 1, 2001 Regular News
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Charles Ornstein ProPublicaThe overdose death toll from opioids, both prescription drugs and heroin, has almost quadrupled since 1999. In 2014 alone, 28,000 people died of opioid overdoses, more than half from prescription drugs.Just last month, public awareness of the opioid epidemic reached a new level when Prince was found dead with prescription narcotics on him and authorities began to investigate their role in his demise. In recent weeks, lawmakers and regulators have moved to augment treatment options for addiction and to require more education for doctors who prescribe opioids. The U.S. House of Representatives is voting on a package of bills this week; the Senate passed its own bill in March.Also in that span, the Los Angeles Times has published an investigation of Purdue Pharma, the maker of the blockbuster pain pill OxyContin, and CNN held a town hall meeting on the consequences of addiction to narcotics. Dr. David A. Kessler, former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, wrote an op-ed in the New York Times, calling the embrace of opioids “one of the biggest mistakes in modern medicine.”Last week, ProPublica added warnings labels to the pages of narcotic drugs in our Prescriber Checkup news app, prompted by indications that some readers are using the tool to find doctors who will prescribe these drugs with few or no questions asked (See our editor’s note).The effectiveness of any of these steps remains to be seen. There is broad consensus on the need for more treatment options, more education, more careful prescribing by doctors. But there’s still much debate about the details—and funding–for each of those steps.What’s clear is that in recent months there has been an increasing emphasis on the role of health providers and the agencies that oversee them to stem access to widely abused prescription drugs:In March, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidelines on prescribing of opioids for chronic pain, defined as pain that lasts for more than three months (excluding pain related to cancer, end-of-life and palliative care.) The guidelines call on doctors to choose therapies other than opioids as their preferred option; to use the lowest possible doses; and to monitor all patients closely.That same month, the FDA announced tougher warning labels on immediate-release opioids, such as fentanyl, hydrocodone, and oxycodone, to note the “serious risks of misuse, abuse, addiction, overdose and death.”Nonprofit groups and medical experts in April asked the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to remove questions about pain control from a survey of hospital patients’ satisfaction to remove any incentive to overtreat pain. And they asked The Joint Commission, which accredits health facilities, to revise its standards to deemphasize “unnecessary, unhelpful and unsafe pain treatments.” The commission pushed back, saying its standards do no such thing.Just yesterday, Dr. Steven J. Stack, president of the American Medical Association, called on doctors to do more. He encouraged doctors to use their state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to ensure their patients aren’t shopping for multiple doctors to prescribe them drugs. He called on them to co-prescribe a rescue drug, naloxone, to patients at risk of overdose. And he told them to generally avoid starting opioids for new patients with chronic, non-cancer pain.“As physicians, we are on the front lines of an opioid epidemic that is crippling communities across the country,” Stack wrote in a statement, published on the Huffington Post. “We must accept and embrace our professional responsibility to treat our patients’ pain without worsening the current crisis. These are actions we must take as physicians individually and collectively to do our part to end this epidemic.”ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for their newsletter.
Español, Non-discrimination, Press Release En el día de la fecha, el Gobernador Tom Wolf dio a conocer la siguiente declaración en respuesta a la última propagación de odio e información falsa por parte del Representante Russ Diamond:“Abominable, irrespetuoso, peligroso. No hay palabras que describan adecuadamente mi desdén por las payasadas que el Representante Diamond desplegó en su última misiva.“El comunicado de prensa del Representante Diamond no es más que un ataque apenas velado contra la comunidad LGBTQ y la Secretaria de Salud del Estado la Dra. Rachel Levine, una mujer transgénero y una líder respetada a nivel nacional en salud pública, cuya valentía y firmeza frente a los constantes ataques es loable.“Prácticamente ninguna persona pensante cuestiona al uso de las máscaras como un medio efectivo para detener la propagación de la COVID. Quienes ostentan con orgullo que no usan máscaras, como el Representante Diamond, no muestran su libertad, sino más bien su ignorancia y falta de respeto hacia ellos mismos, sus familias, vecinos y comunidades cuando no usan una máscara, y probablemente propaguen más este virus peligroso.“Equiparar cualquier falta de respeto hacia aquellos que no usan máscaras a las décadas de falta de respeto, amenazas y violencia contra nuestra comunidad LGBTQ va mucho más allá de las características distintivas de una sociedad decente. Que estas acciones provengan de un legislador elegido para representar de manera justa a todos sus electores es simplemente imperdonable.“Hago un llamamiento al liderazgo de los Republicanos de la Cámara de Representantes para que presente una resolución que censure al Representante de inmediato. Necesitamos que los Republicanos dejen de difundir información errónea al público en general, y necesitamos imperiosamente que sean más responsables y más receptivos a la salud y al bienestar de todos los residentes de Pennsylvania. Este comportamiento peligroso e imprudente no es bienvenido en Pennsylvania.”View this information in English. El Gobernador Wolf da a conocer su declaración en respuesta a la propagación de información falsa y ataques a la comunidad LGBTQ SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 30, 2020