December 2017 - Teen Traffic Safety
- In the past 10 years, the Montana Graduated Drivers Licensing program has helped reduce teen crash rates by 35%.
- Despite this progress, Montana still has the worst teen fatality rate involving motor vehicle crashes in the Nation, often due to preventable causes.
- Continued efforts are needed to prevent motor vehicle crashes among teens including increasing seat belt use and reducing impaired and distracted driving.
November 2017 - Naloxone Standing Order
November 2017 - Opioid Treatment
October 2017 - Opioid Prescription
- In 2015 opioids were prescribed 3 times more often in the United States than in 1999.
- Healthcare providers prescribe at different rates across the state and in the nation, putting some individuals at greater risk for addiction and overdose.
- The CDC can help prescribers and patients utilize evidence-based guidelines for safer use of opioids.
July 2017 - Recreational Water Safety
- “Diarrhea and Swimming Don’t Mix”: water borne diseases like cryptosporidium and Giardia can be found in natural water or get introduced when someone with diarrhea swims in a pool, and cysts may remain infective for 2-6 months in a moist environment.
- In 2015, 14 Montanans lost their lives due to drowning -- always remember to keep an eye on small children around recreational waters and wear your lifejacket.
- Environmental health specialists inspect around 800 pools a year to ensure safety, everyone can play a part by refraining from swimming when sick and showering before entering the pool.
March 2017 - Opioid Overdose Prevention
- The rate of prescription drug overdose deaths in Montana has doubled in the last 15 years with nearly 700 preventable deaths occurring during this time period.
- 60% of all opioid prescriptions in Montana do not end up being fully used, increasing the chances for misuse and abuse. Learn more about safer storage and disposal opportunities in your community.
- Opioid use mixed with alcohol and with other types of medications (e.g. benzodiazepines) can significantly increase one’s risk of overdoses – make sure your provider knows every medication (prescription and others) you are currently using.