Arizona Department of Health Services, Director’s Blog

Valley Fever Monsoon Refresher

We’re smack dab in the middle of monsoon now, which means it’s time to think about Valley Fever. It’s a lung infection caused by a fungus that lives in the soil in the desert (below 4,000 feet).   People get it by breathing in dust that contains fungal spores. Valley Fever causes cough, fever, headache, feeling tired, and shortness of breath. […]

By |July 15th, 2013|General|1 Comment

Killer Painkillers

According to a new CDC report, about 18 U.S. women die every day of a prescription painkiller overdose, totaling more than 6,600 deaths in 2010.  This is a stunning increase of 400% since 1999.  Every 3 minutes, a woman goes to the emergency department for prescription painkiller misuse or abuse.  The report explains that women are affected differently than men […]

By |July 12th, 2013|General|1 Comment

Healthier School Lunches

There are more than 100,000 schools in the United States and last week, the USDA said that for the first time, they’ll be ensuring that food sold in those schools will be held to stricter limits on fat, calories, sugars and sodium.  This means all foods sold in schools, from the cafeterias to the vending machines.  It’s the result of a child nutrition law […]

By |July 11th, 2013|Prevention|0 Comments

Car Seat Project

At the Arizona-Mexico Commission meeting held in Scottsdale earlier this month, the Governors of Arizona and Sonora, Mexico signed a Declaration of Cooperation to address preventing injuries for children who are not restrained in car seats. The Declaration calls for the collection of donated new and used car seats for use in the region, in conjunction with an educational campaign. 

The […]

By |July 10th, 2013|General|1 Comment

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Crunch Time

June 7th marked the deadline for allocated dispensaries to file their request for an Approval to Operate from the Medical Marijuana Program.  The lawsuit filed last month allowed for 15 of the 98 allocated dispensaries to submit their Approval to Operate applications after the June 7th deadline, however, all but one submitted their applications by the original deadline.  So far, […]

By |July 9th, 2013|General, Licensing|13 Comments

Yarnell Hill and Kingman Dean Fire Responses

With one of the worst wildfire tragedies in history happening last weekend, our Health Emergency Operations Center was active all week.  First making sure that there was enough behavioral health support through the Regional Behavioral Health Authorities, then helping provide some specific assistance to the shelters in Prescott and Wickenburg.  

On Tuesday, we pulled special beds out of storage for both the […]

By |July 8th, 2013|Behavioral Health, Preparedness|0 Comments