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Food Safety Tips for Independence Day

Monday, July 1, 2019

Because many Fourth of July celebrations include grilling, picnics and other outdoor food events, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is promoting easy steps everyone should take to avoid foodborne illnesses associated with summer heat.

The Walter B. Jones Center Celebrates 50 Years of Recovery, Expands Treatment Services

Friday, June 21, 2019

The Walter B. Jones Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center on Wednesday celebrated 50 years of recovery services and the expansion of treatment services for residents of eastern North Carolina.

Governor Notes Progress in Fighting Opioid Epidemic; Unveils Opioid Action Plan 2.0

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Today, at the opening of the 2019 Opioid Summit, Governor Roy Cooper highlighted the state’s progress in addressing the opioid epidemic over the last two years and launched the updated Opioid Action Plan 2.0 to continue to combat this issue in North Carolina.

DHHS Seeks Public Input at Hickory ‘Town Hall’ on Improvements to Child Welfare in North Carolina

Monday, June 3, 2019

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Social Services is holding a town hall meeting Wednesday, June 5 in Hickory to receive public comment on improving child welfare in the state.

Take Simple Steps to Practice Water Safety and Protect Against Drowning, Health Officials Say

Friday, May 24, 2019

Heading to a beach, lake, river or pool this holiday weekend? Officials at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services caution swimmers to take steps to ensure water safety, including keeping a close watch on children and young adults and avoiding rip currents at the coast.

North Carolina Offers Hepatitis A Vaccinations at Treatment Centers

Thursday, May 23, 2019

To help those struggling with substance use disorders and enhance public health prevention efforts, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is focusing efforts to reach patients at risk for hepatitis A in the state-operated Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Centers.

NC Health Officials Urge Caution as Temperatures Climb

Thursday, May 23, 2019

With sweltering temperatures forecast over much of North Carolina for the Memorial Day holiday weekend, 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. 

R.J. Blackley Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center Now Certified to Initiate Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

Friday, May 10, 2019

To boost North Carolina’s response to the opioid crisis, R.J. Blackley Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Center in Butner recently became certified as an opioid treatment program for people with opioid use disorder. 

Measles Precautions Urged by North Carolina Health Officials

Thursday, May 9, 2019

With multiple measles outbreaks occurring in the United States, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging preventive measures and reminding everyone that vaccination is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones against measles.

Broughton Hospital to Host Job Fair; Staff Begins Move to New Building

Thursday, May 9, 2019 The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is seeking job applicants to work at the new Broughton Hospital in Morganton, following final acceptance of the new state psychiatric hospital by the State Construction Office. The hospital is scheduled to open for patient care in late September.