Provider News Winter 2015

Articles:

Updated ordinance helps protect the public from danger of exposure to e-cigarette vapor

Ebola preparation continues in  Shasta County

Marijuana has numerous adverse health effects

Many resources available for Shasta County residents who need mental health services

In brief: 

  • Rule allows for safe disposal of medications: Manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies, hospitals and clinics with an on-site pharmacy, narcotic treatment programs, long-term care facilities and other authorized collectors can now be drop-off sites for unused prescription drugs, including opiates. See the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s rule. The Act authorized DEA to develop and implement regulations that outline methods to transfer unused or unwanted pharmaceutical controlled substances to authorized collectors for disposal. Much opiate abuse medication comes from a social source (i.e. is given, taken/stolen, bought from family, friends or acquaintances rather than directly prescribed). 
  • Many women of reproductive age prescribed opioids: CDC researchers found that during 2008–2012, on average, 28% of women aged 15-44 years with private health insurance and 39% of women enrolled in Medicaid filled a prescription written by a healthcare provider for an opioid medication. Read more here.
  • 2014 year-end morbidity and mortality report
  • Pertussis is on the rise, so please vaccinate in every pregnancy:

Pertussis graph