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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.