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Surgeon General’s Advisory on E-cigarette Use Among Youth

Surgeon General’s Advisory on E-cigarette Use Among Youth

E-cigarette use has recently surged among youth, fueled by new e-cigarette types that look like a USB flash drive and other shapes. One of the most commonly sold USB flash drive shaped e-cigarettes is JUUL, and other companies are now starting to sell e-cigarettes that look like USB flash drives. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which can harm the developing adolescent brain.

The Surgeon General urges immediate action to protect our nation’s young people from the addiction to nicotine. The advisory encourages many different stakeholders to take action to protect our nation’s youth from this health risk, including parents, teachers, health professionals, and states, communities, tribes, and territories.

Learn more at http://e-cigarettes.surgeongeneral.gov

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GenX Biomonitoring Report- November 13th, 2018

Here is the final report related to the biomonitoring investigation to determine if GenX and other PFAS could be detected in the blood and urine of residents living near the Fayetteville Works facility. The completed report does not share any new findings related to the information released in October. It expands on the results of the investigation conducted to improve understanding of exposure to GenX and other PFAS among people living near a manufacturing facility in Bladen County, NC. The previous press release highlighted a summary of results available here and it included a generic version of the letter sent to participants.

Link to Biomonitoring Report
https://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/oee/pfas/NCDHHS_PFAS%20Biomonitoring%20Report_8Nov2018.pdf 

Link to GenX and Other PFAS Overview
https://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/oee/a_z/genx.html

2019 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment

Affordable Care Act (ACA) Open Enrollment for 2019 takes place November 1st- December 15th 2018

Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Get in person assistance at Pender County Health Department- 803 South Walker Street Burgaw NC 28425

Appointment only. Contact Salina Dixon 910-259-1179

For questions, or apply by phone, contact the Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596 (TTY: 1-855-889-4325)

http://healthcare.gov

 

Medication Disposal Event October 27th, 2018

The DEA’s next Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 27, 2018 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

In an effort to reduce the risk of misuse or accidental exposure to medications, including opioids and other prescriptions, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is scheduled to have a free medication disposal event throughout 6 counties, with 17 drop-off locations.

Pender County will have 4 drop-off locations for the event:
1. Pender Memorial Hospital
2. Island Family Medicine
3. Village Pharmacy of Hampstead, Inc.
4. Black River Health Services (Maple Hill)

Medication Disposal Event Flyer (2)

Hurricane Cleanup- Fact Sheets on Asbestos and Lead-Based Paint

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON HURRICANE CLEANUP!

Here are fact sheets from the NC Department of Health and Human Services on how to protect yourself and the environment from asbestos and lead-based paint exposure during emergency cleanup of debris.

Please be aware and share the DO’S and DON’TS regarding asbestos and lead-based paint!

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