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Ribbon Cutting for First Secure Medicine Return Kiosk in Snohomish County

New kiosks officially launch 2nd pharmaceutical stewardship program in the state

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Expanding access to secure medicine disposal programs is a key strategy for preventing prescription drug and heroin abuse. Almost a year after the Snohomish County Board of Health became the eighth in the nation to adopt a countywide secure medicine return ordinance, the installation of drop-off kiosks is underway. The pharmaceutical stewardship program operated by MED-Project will bring more than 20 kiosks online in August, in addition to mail back options available for remote locations and homebound residents. 

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (928)/Comments (0)/
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More than Two-Fold Increase in Snohomish County STD Rates in Five Years

New report highlights trends and strategies for prevention

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently estimated that there are nearly 20 million new sexually transmitted infections every year in this country. Given these large numbers—and increased cases being reported locally—the Snohomish Health District started pulling together data earlier this year to take a closer look. When looking at reported cases of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) from 2011-2016, Snohomish County has had a 40 percent increase in chlamydia, a 112 percent increase in syphilis, and a 243 percent increase in gonorrhea. Read More >>
Monday, July 10, 2017/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (286)/Comments (0)/
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Two Confirmed Cases of Rabies in Bats Found in Snohomish County

Bats in the home need to be handled with care

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. Most bats are harmless, but a few carry rabies, a deadly disease which bats can pass on to humans through small bites and scratches. Five rabid bats have been found in Washington so far this year, and two of them came from Snohomish County. 

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Friday, June 9, 2017/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (1479)/Comments (0)/
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Mumps and Flu Cases Continue in Snohomish County

Recent death of Everett teen linked to flu-related complications

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – While the first day of summer is just around the corner, cases of influenza and mumps are continuing to pop up around the county. New lab results also confirmed that a male teenager from Everett died from influenza B on May 25, bringing the total number of flu deaths in Snohomish County to 45. 

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Thursday, June 8, 2017/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (753)/Comments (0)/
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New Opioid Data and Strategies Rolling Out in Snohomish County

Multi-pronged approaches are key to turning the tide

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – A recent report issued by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), in collaboration with local partners, highlighted the growing problem of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids in Washington. Of the 70 people that died from overdose after using Fentanyl or similar compounds in 2016, Snohomish County’s 11 deaths represented the second highest total in the state.

 

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Monday, May 22, 2017/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (1306)/Comments (0)/
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