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Reports of 37 Opioid Overdoses Within Seven Days in Snohomish County

First-ever coordinated data gathering yields important insights

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – The Snohomish Health District recently reached out to first responders, medical providers, community leaders, and local partners last month asking for help in collecting data about opioid overdoses. Moving beyond the gathering of historical data, the effort convened representatives from across the county to voluntarily collect real-time data on overdoses for one week and share the results with the Health District. The result: reports of 37 total overdoses in Snohomish County that appeared to be related to opioids, including three deaths.

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (216)/Comments (0)/
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Poor Air Quality

Suiattle and British Columbia wildfires impacting air quality

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. The air quality in Snohomish County has been listed as “unhealthy” by the Washington State Department of Ecology. Smoke as a result of several wildfires in Washington and British Columbia is affecting the air quality in the region and it is expected to continue through the week.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (454)/Comments (0)/
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Board of Health Meeting, August 8

Discussion of merger analysis completed by Dave Gossett to be the focus

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – An analysis was conducted by Dave Gossett of Consulting Solutions on behalf of Snohomish County to look at potential merger issues if a decision were to be made to consolidate the Snohomish Health District into the county. This analysis was presented to the Snohomish County Council earlier this summer, and the Board of Health will have a similar presentation and discussion and its next meeting on Tuesday, August 8. The meeting will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the District’s Auditorium located at 3020 Rucker Ave, Everett, Wash.

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Thursday, August 3, 2017/Author: Lynn Ljungquist/Number of views (62)/Comments (0)/
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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 (229)/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 (60)/Comments (0)/
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