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Tennessee Department of Health says Back-To-School plans should include required Vaccinations

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – To prevent the spread of diseases and to keep our kids of all ages and their classmates safe, healthy and in school learning, all students in Tennessee, from kindergarten to college, must have proof of immunizations before they can start school.

State leaders of health and education say it’s best to get those important vaccines now to avoid longer wait times later and to ensure a smooth beginning to the 2017 school year.

Immunizations Save Teaching Time, Reduce Misery and Save Lives.

Immunizations Save Teaching Time, Reduce Misery and Save Lives.

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2017 Tennessee Legislative First Session Final Report – Part 5

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The first session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on May 10th, 2017, after passing major legislation that will benefit Tennesseans for generations to come. This is Part 5 of a 12 Part report.

This includes a measure making Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all adults without a degree tuition-free access to community college; a new law rebuilding a safe and reliable transportation network, while reallocating revenues to maximize taxpayers’ return on that investment; and a bill which provides a responsible path to improve access to broadband through investment, deregulation, and education. 

Action in the General Assembly also included passage of a balanced budget which takes on no new debt, as well as legislation protecting the elderly, enhancing the state’s robust job growth, cracking down on crime, and boosting efforts as the fastest improving state in the nation in K-12 student achievement.  Following is a report on key legislation passed this year.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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2017 Tennessee Legislative First Session Final Report – Part 4

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The first session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on May 10th, 2017, after passing major legislation that will benefit Tennesseans for generations to come. This is Part 4 of a 12 Part report.

This includes a measure making Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all adults without a degree tuition-free access to community college; a new law rebuilding a safe and reliable transportation network, while reallocating revenues to maximize taxpayers’ return on that investment; and a bill which provides a responsible path to improve access to broadband through investment, deregulation, and education. 

Action in the General Assembly also included passage of a balanced budget which takes on no new debt, as well as legislation protecting the elderly, enhancing the state’s robust job growth, cracking down on crime, and boosting efforts as the fastest improving state in the nation in K-12 student achievement.  Following is a report on key legislation passed this year.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee Leaders Call for Increased Awareness about Fentanyl

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Fentanyl: It’s here; it’s deadly and not just illegal users are at risk. Along with fentanyl there are other, more powerful drugs like carfentanil that are being used in counterfeiting legal drugs like Percocet and even counterfeiting of illegal heroin.

That’s the message leaders from the Tennessee Department of Health, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security provided today during a press conference at TBI headquarters in Nashville.

Tennessee Leaders say Misuse of the Powerful Drug Fentanyl and it's Derivatives are Causing Overdoses and Deaths.

Tennessee Leaders say Misuse of the Powerful Drug Fentanyl and it’s Derivatives are Causing Overdoses and Deaths.

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Tennessee Department of Health says It’s Perfectly Fine to Talk about that Part of your Body

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Let’s just get this right out of the way:  Few people want to talk about their colon. As body parts go, it doesn’t match the heart, eyes or brain for attracting poetic verse and many are unaware of its importance.

What does matter, especially for those 50 years or older, is that among the cancers affecting both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States.  

Simple Tests to Detect Colon Cancer Can Save Your Life.

Simple Tests to Detect Colon Cancer Can Save Your Life.

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Tennessee Department of Health says Tick and Mosquito Season is here

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Ticks and mosquitoes are now out in force and looking for food. The meal of choice for both is blood, creating opportunities to spread a variety of serious illnesses such as Zika Virus Disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever as they move from one bite victim to another.

“For many people, a bite from a mosquito or tick won’t cause much more than an itchy, irritating spot on the skin or sometimes mild, flu-like symptoms,” said Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH.

Fight the Bite to Prevent Spread of Serious Illnesses

Fight the Bite to Prevent Spread of Serious Illnesses

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Tennessee issues Public Health Advisory on Fentanyl

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – Fentanyl, an exceptionally powerful drug used legally to treat extreme pain, has found its way to the illegal drug market, and it is killing people.

According to three departments and one agency of Tennessee State Government, overdose deaths associated with fentanyl are increasing in the state and law enforcement officials have found the drug in counterfeit versions of commonly misused pain relief pills.

Misuse and Accidental Use of Powerful Drug Fentanyul can be Fatal.

Misuse and Accidental Use of Powerful Drug Fentanyul can be Fatal.

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Tennessee Legislation seeks to curb Opioid Abuse by Identifying High Risk Prescribers

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The House Finance, Ways and Means Subcommittee will consider legislation next week requiring the Tennessee Department of Health (DOH) to identify individuals who are in the top 20 percent of prescribers of opioids in the state.  After being identified and notified of the high volume opioid prescriber status, this legislation requires the prescribers to comply with certain requirements.

The legislation aims to address Tennessee’s status as second in the nation in abuse of opiates.

Under current law, the DOH monitors the 100 highest volume opioid prescribers in Tennessee.  HB 1207  calls for DOH, in addition, to look at prescribers who are at high-risk based on clinical criteria, such as overdoses or dangerous drug combinations.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Tennessee Department of Health reports Tuberculosis Cases Hit Record Low in Tennessee

 

TDH, Tennessee Department of Correction Named TB Elimination Champions

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – There were 9,287 tuberculosis cases in the U.S. and 103 in Tennessee in 2016, the lowest numbers ever recorded.

Despite these encouraging figures, the Tennessee Department of Health reminds all Tennesseans TB is still here, but is treatable, curable and preventable.

‘’We are very pleased to see the number of TB cases decline in our state and around the nation, but this is a very common and very deadly disease worldwide and we know more must be done to constrain it,’’ said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH.

In 2016, Tennessee had the lowest numbers of tuberculosis cases ever recorded.

In 2016, Tennessee had the lowest numbers of tuberculosis cases ever recorded.

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Tennessee Department of Health creates tool to help reunite Lost Pets with Owners

 

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health has created a web-based resource to use rabies vaccination tags to help reunite lost pets with their owners.

Those who find stray pets wearing TDH rabies tags can now use this tool on the TDH website to search for and identify the veterinarians who vaccinated the animals, who can then help with information to find the owners.

Rabies Tag Numbers Can Provide a Path Home for Some Tennessee Pets

Rabies Tag Numbers Can Provide a Path Home for Some Tennessee Pets

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