Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health confirmed today that a data error resulted in inaccurate accidental gunshot death numbers for 2014 being reported.
After manually reviewing death certificates, TDH reports five people died from accidental gunshot wounds in the state in 2014.
Nashville, TN – Tennessee has a powerful new tool to fight opioid overdose with the passage of Public Chapter 596. This new law allows authorized pharmacists to dispense naloxone to a person at risk of opioid overdose or to a family member, friend or other person to assist someone at risk of an opiate-related overdose.
Public Chapter 596 sets up a statewide pharmacy practice agreement for what is called “opioid antagonist therapy.”
Tennessee Department of Health encourages Breastfeeding to help Improve Health of Mothers and Babies
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health recognizes breastfeeding as an important way to help babies get off to a healthy start. Breastfeeding is a key to Sustainable development.
’Community support for breastfeeding is essential to help more mothers make the important and healthy choice to breastfeed,’’ said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. ‘’We applaud the many businesses in Tennessee who have already made the commitment to create an environment that encourages mothers to breastfeed.’’
Nashville, TN – Following a public health alert update last week from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on increased risk of overdose and fatalities associated with Fentanyl-laced counterfeit pills and compounds, commissioners and directors from four Tennessee departments are urging the public to have increased awareness about the substance.
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation indicts Former Humphreys County Clinic Owner on Additional Charges
Nashville, TN – A joint investigation with Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and investigators with the McEwen Police Department has resulted in 64 additional charges against of the former owner/operator of a clinic in McEwen, who was arrested in May on charges related to drug diversion and prescription fraud.
At the request of 23rd District Attorney General Ray Crouch, on March 23rd, TBI Special Agents, working alongside detectives with the McEwen Police Department and Tennessee Department of Health, began investigating a complaint of drug diversion and prescription fraud at the Coleman Family Care Clinic in McEwen.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health confirms there have been 24 persons diagnosed with Zika virus disease in Tennessee this year.
Cases of locally transmitted Zika virus have been identified in a small area in Miami, Florida, but all cases in Tennessee have occurred in people returning from international travel to affected areas.
This serves as a reminder that anyone traveling to affected areas should be very careful to avoid mosquito bites during travel and for three weeks after travel.
Nashville, TN – A horse in West Tennessee has tested positive for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a virus that can be fatal for horses and humans. The Tennessee Departments of Agriculture and Health are advising citizens to take precautions to protect themselves and their livestock.
Mosquitoes transmit EEE. Humans cannot contract these viral infections directly from infected horses. However, mosquito-borne diseases do pose a public health risk.
Montgomery County, TN – The Montgomery County Health Department conducted a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response, also called a CASPER, in our area on Tuesday.
This was completed by teams going door-to-door in 39 previously identified areas and speaking directly with community members about information on the Zika virus and ways to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.
Nashville, TN – With temperatures near the 100° mark predicted for parts of the state this week, the Tennessee Department of Health is reminding residents and visitors to “respect the sun’s might” by protecting themselves from excessive heat and intensive sunlight damage.
“When temperatures get as high as they are expected to in the upcoming days, we all need to look out for one another and make sure no one becomes a victim to the heat,” said John Benitez, MD, medical director of the TDH Emergency Preparedness Office.
Mary Beth Edwards and Tyler James Keatts of Stewart County elected Teen Tobacco-Free Ambassadors.
Sevierville, TN – More than 400 teens from across Tennessee gathered at the Sevierville Convention Center July 17th-19th, 2016 to take part in the Tennessee Department of Health’s first-ever FACT Summit, a statewide tobacco prevention conference for youth. “FACT” stands for “Free and Clear Tennessee,” envisioning a state free of tobacco and nicotine addiction where everyone enjoys clear air.
The FACT Summit provided a forum for participants representing 51 Tennessee counties to create a youth-led movement of peer-to-peer education and advocacy for prevention of tobacco and nicotine addiction across Tennessee.
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