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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.

DHHS Reports State’s First Death This Year Related to West Nile Virus

Friday, July 20, 2018

State health officials are encouraging residents and visitors to take precautions to prevent mosquito-borne illnesses following the death of a North Carolina resident from West Nile virus infection last week. This is the state’s first death from and first confirmed case of West Nile virus in 2018.

As Back-to-School Season Approaches, Time to Ensure Immunizations Are Up to Date

Thursday, July 19, 2018

With back-to-school season approaching, health officials are reminding North Carolinians to ensure their preteens and teenagers are current on their vaccinations.

Limited Number of Residents Near Fayetteville Works Site to be Invited to Participate in Blood and Urine Testing

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Bladen and Cumberland county health departments to test the blood and urine of up to 30 residents living near Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility for the presence of GenX and 16 other per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS.

DHHS, Carolinas Poison Center Investigating Second Case of Severe Bleeding Related to Synthetic Cannabinoids

Monday, June 25, 2018

State health officials are warning the public about the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids after a second case of severe bleeding following synthetic cannabinoid use was identified in North Carolina last week. 

Health Officials Urge Caution as Temperatures Rise

Monday, June 18, 2018

Public health officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services are urging people to take steps to protect themselves from heat-related illnesses with sweltering heat expected to impact parts of North Carolina this week.

DHHS, Carolinas Poison Center Investigating Case of Severe Bleeding Potentially Related to Synthetic Cannabinoids

Friday, June 8, 2018

North Carolina health officials are investigating the cause of severe bleeding in a patient following possible use of synthetic cannabinoids. The severe bleeding was caused by a condition that reduces the blood’s ability to clot.

Tobacco Use Rising Among NC High School Students; E-Cigarettes Remain Popular

Thursday, June 7, 2018

North Carolina teen tobacco use continues to climb, with youth use rising by 1.2 percent to 28.8 percent based on results of the 2017 N.C. Youth Tobacco Survey, released today by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services