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Snohomish Health District is the local public health agency for Snohomish County in Washington state. Our news releases are a resource for current public health information for media, the public, policymakers, and other community partners.

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Media Releases

E-cigarette use outpacing cigarette use among teens

Governor Jay Inslee gives sobering statistics for Washington youth

Release Date: Feb. 13, 2015 - SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. At a press conference Thursday morning, Governor Jay Inslee released preliminary data from the 2014 Healthy Youth Survey in which 23 percent of Washington's high school seniors reported using e-cigarettes. Furthermore, high school sophomores were vaping at twice the rate of regular cigarettes. This represents a significant increase in e-cigarette use since the 2012 survey. Read More >>
Friday, February 13, 2015/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (3)/Comments (0)/
Categories: Media Releases2015

Water damage forces relocation of downtown Everett immunization clinic

Vaccine services relocating to Lynnwood location Feb. 2

Jan. 29, 2015 - SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. A broken water pipe has caused significant damage to the main floor of the Snohomish Health District’s downtown Everett location. As of Monday, Feb. 2, the immunization clinic and tuberculin skin testing services will be relocated to the south county location at 6101 – 200th St SW, Lynnwood, Wash.

Thursday, January 29, 2015/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (182)/Comments (0)/
Categories: Media Releases2015

Heroin deaths at epidemic levels in Snohomish County

New report highlights need for coordinated efforts to disrupt supply and prevent overdoses

Jan. 27, 2015 - SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. Heroin and prescription opioid usage in our county is a serious problem. From 2011 to 2013, approximately one out of every five heroin deaths in the state occurred in Snohomish County, a county with only one-tenth of the total population in Washington. In 2013 alone, heroin and prescription opioid overdoses represented two-thirds of the 130 accidental overdose deaths in the county.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (151)/Comments (0)/
Categories: Media Releases2015

Free adult vaccination clinics, Jan. 10 & 14

Shots for low-income and uninsured adults only – first come, first served

Jan. 6, 2015 - SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Uninsured and low-income adults can take advantage of two upcoming vaccination clinics for flu, whooping cough, and pneumonia in Everett, Wash. Thanks to sponsorships from the Snohomish Health District, Walgreens, South Everett-Mukilteo Rotary Club, Medical Reserve Corps, XFINITY Arena, The Daily Herald, and WorkSource, these clinics are both free.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (115)/Comments (0)/
Categories: Media Releases2015

Naloxone kits now available in Snohomish County

Potentially lifesaving drug

Nov. 17, 2014 - SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – In 2013 there were 86 opioid drug overdoses in Snohomish County, and 580 within Washington State. The availability of naloxone (sold under the brand name Narcan) could potentially cut down on deaths due to heroin and prescription opioid drugs (morphine, oxycodone/OxyContin, methadone, hydrocodone/Vicodin, and codeine). The Washington State 911 Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Law lets bystanders give naloxone if they suspect an overdose. This law protects the victim and those helping from prosecution for drug possession. Washington State law states that anyone at risk for having or witnessing a drug overdose can obtain an overdose reversal kit (containing naloxone). This would include drug users, family, and friends. Naloxone cannot be used to get high and is not addictive. Read More >>
Monday, November 17, 2014/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (494)/Comments (0)/
Categories: Media Releases2014
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