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Mold in Buildings Flooded by Hurricane Florence Presents Health Risks; Health Officials Encourage Precautions

Friday, September 21, 2018

As North Carolinians begin to clean up debris and building interiors that may have been exposed to flooding or standing water caused by Hurricane Florence, state health officials are cautioning them to be mindful of the hazards associated with mold and other contaminants that may be present inside homes and other buildings.
 

Threat of Injuries, Mosquitoes Await Those Returning Home to Clean Up Debris

Thursday, September 20, 2018

As flooding continues in parts of North Carolina and recedes in others, public health officials are recommending caution, particularly while people return to their homes in some areas to start the process of debris removal and cleanup in the wake of Hurricane Florence.

DHHS Encourages Medical Professionals and Others to Volunteer to Help with Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are encouraging nurses, physicians, behavioral health professionals and others interested in volunteering to help people impacted by the storm to get connected with the appropriate resources and organizations

DHHS Makes it Easier for WIC Program Participants Affected by Hurricane Florence to Access Benefits and Services

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has announced flexibility for families enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program to help those affected by Hurricane Florence. This temporary flexibility will apply to participants enrolled in the WIC program whose WIC office is closed or experiencing hardships related to impacts from the hurricane.  

Health Officials Warn That Excessive Rains, Flooding May Cause Problems with Home Septic Systems

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Public health officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are warning that the heavy rains and flooding from Hurricane Florence may cause major problems with septic systems. 

Avoid Deadly Carbon Monoxide During and After Hurricane Florence

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

As North Carolinians prepare for Hurricane Florence, officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are cautioning people about the risks of using gasoline-powered generators and outdoor grills and camp stoves that use charcoal or propane gas in enclosed spaces.

NC Payers Council Releases Approach to Further Combat the Opioid Crisis in North Carolina

Thursday, September 6, 2018

The North Carolina Payers Council, a group of public and private health care payers formed as part of Governor Roy Cooper’s 2017 North Carolina Opioid Action Plan to identify, align and implement policies to combat the opioid crisis, today released a report that identifies a five-pronged approach to address the epidemic.

Aug. 31 Is Overdose Awareness Day in North Carolina

Friday, August 31, 2018

Today is Overdose Awareness Day in North Carolina. Proclaimed by Governor Roy Cooper, we’re pausing today to remember loved ones lost to overdose and to learn what can be done to help those who struggle with substance use disorder. In 2016, four North Carolinians died each day from unintentional medication or drug overdose.

North Carolina’s Public Schools Mark 10 Tobacco-Free Years; Efforts Now Include Reducing Youth E-cigarette Use

Thursday, August 23, 2018

As North Carolina’s tobacco-free schools law marks its 10th anniversary, the state has seen cigarette smoking reduce 50 percent among high schoolers since 2008, but the latest N.C. Youth Tobacco Survey, published in June, shows that more than 16 percent of North Carolina high school students use e-cigarettes, and 23 percent stated they are considering use of these products in the coming year.

Governor Cooper Takes Action to Help NC Seek $25 Million in Federal Grants to Combat the Opioid Crisis

Monday, July 30, 2018

Governor Roy Cooper has issued Executive Order No. 48, paving the way for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to immediately apply for $25 million in federal funding to combat the opioid epidemic in North Carolina.