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Younger and low-income adults most likely to sample e-cigarettes, Kentucky Health Issues poll shows

 Different Types of ECIGSDifferent Types of ECIGS

Despite federal government and health professional’s warnings that e-cigarettes, or “e-smoking,” can be harmful, nearly 40 percent of adults ages 18-45 in Kentucky have tried an e-cig, according to the latest Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP).

Kentuckians with lower incomes also were about 74 percent more likely to have tried vaping than those with higher incomes.

More than 60 percent of current smokers have tried an e-cig, the report found, but even 7 percent of lifetime nonsmokers have tried one.

KHIP is an annual poll of Kentucky adults’ opinions on health issues; it is funded jointly by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and Interact for Health.

“Research suggests that e-cigs may be a gateway to using other forms of tobacco, and they can be just as harmful,” said Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “They expose users to toxic chemicals, including nicotine, which long has been proven to be addictive and responsible for a wide range of health issues. E-cigs are simply not a safe alternative to smoking, especially for young adults and nonsmokers.”

 

 

The rate of Kentuckians who have tried e-cigarettes – one in four adults – remains statistically unchanged from the last time KHIP asked the question in 2014. Nationwide in 2014, however, only 12.6 percent of adults had ever tried an e-cig. No updated national numbers are available at this time.

KHIP also asked opinions about the safety of e-cigarettes. About three in 10 Kentucky adults thought e-cigs were safer than tobacco cigarettes, and 19 percent thought they were less safe. A much larger proportion – 45 percent – thought there was no difference in safety between the two.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report last December stating that the use of e-cigarettes by youth and young adults often leads to cigarette smoking, other tobacco use and nicotine addiction, with all the health dangers associated with nicotine addiction. The agency raised concerns that e-cig marketers have been using tactics that attract youth and young adults and said that the incidence of this age group trying e-cigs doubled from 2013 to 2014, the latest date for which data was available. The U.S. Surgeon General has called the rising use of e-cigarettes among young adults a “major public health problem.”

A copy of the KHIP e-cigarette report is available here.

From Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Communications

 

 

The Lawrence County Health Department invites the community to participate in a community forum to address the development of a Harm Reduction Syringe Exchange Program in Lawrence County.

This meeting is open to the public. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 31 at 6 pm at the Lawrence County Court House, 122 South Main Cross Street, Louisa, Kentucky. Participating panelists include Dr. Tom Frazier of Three Rivers Gastroenterology; Tim Robinson, CEO, Addiction Recovery Care; Maria Hardy, Public Health Director, Ashland-Boyd County Health Department. Following panelist presentations there will be a question and answer session.

Investigation into problem is ongoing

"...Mr. Klein asked for a follow up for today. I want to supply the information to all of you.

At Louisa East, we had 2 additional students today that had symptoms that were like the students from yesterday. We also had 2 students that went home yesterday that returned today, but were still were having symptoms. Those two students went home also.

Finally, we had 4 other students that went home that our school nurse felt were ill for other reasons.

We are very thankful that the Lawrence County Board of Education made it a priority to fund school nurses. Their work has been very valuable in providing care for all our students, as well as managing the medications and illnesses that occur everyday. We will continue our sanitizing process again tonight.

Mrs. Prince and her staff have kept us "up-to-date" and have also done a great job caring for our students."

All IN,

Robbie L. Fletcher, EdD
Superintendent, Lawrence County Schools

LAWRENCE CO. HUMANE SOCIETY ASKING FOR $$$ AFTER SEVERE VIRUS OUTBREAK SPREADS AMONG DOGS AT ANIMAL SHELTER

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JANUARY 26, 2017 - written by WADE QUEEN


First it was the school children getting a mysterious rash outbreak in the Louisa East Building in the last few days. Now there is also an illness sweeping the dogs at the Lawrence County animal shelter.

Volunteer workers with the Lawrence County Humane Society say they are urgently in need of financial help from the local community.

Several puppies at the shelter have broken out with the parvo virus over the past week. These sick dogs are being treated but money is needed for the veterinarian bills that the animal shelter will incur with the extensive treatment that the dogs will need to get them back to health.

The Canine parvovirus type 2 (CPV2, colloquially parvo) is a contagious virus mainly affecting dogs, and thought to originate in cats. The current consensus is that the feline panleukopenia mutated into CPV2. Parvo is highly contagious and is spread from dog to dog by direct or indirect contact with their feces. Vaccines can prevent this infection, but mortality can reach 91% in untreated cases. Treatment often involves veterinary hospitalization. Canine parvovirus may infect other mammals; however, it will not infect humans

Canine parvovirus is a particularly deadly disease among young puppies, about 80% fatal, causing gastrointestinal tract damage and dehydration as well as a cardiac syndrome in very young animals. It is spread by contact with an infected dog's feces. Symptoms include lethargy, severe diarrhea, fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, and dehydration. Dogs, cats and swine can be vaccinated against parvovirus.

Anyone who would like to make a money donation to the Lawrence County Humane Society for the treatment of the dogs can do so on PayPal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by mail to PO Box 1331 Louisa, KY 41230.

 

Rural counties in Ky. overcome opposition to start syringe exchanges to head off disease outbreaks

MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 2017 -- Small, rural counties are leading the way in establishing syringe exchanges to prevent outbreaks of HIV and hepatitis C among intravenous drug users in Kentucky, according to a top state drug official.

Van Ingram, executive director of the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, spoke with Mary Meehan of Ohio Valley ReSource, a regional journalism collaborative of public broadcasters in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. He cited Powell County, in the Appalachian foothills east of Lexington, as an example of rural counties that are changing the perception of how addiction is perceived in the state, shifting the focus toward treatment and public health initiatives and away from the criminal justice system.

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So far, syringe exchanges have been approved in 25 of the state's 120 counties; several others are having debates like the one that went on in Powell County, population 13,000, reports Melissa Patrick of Kentucky Health News.

In nearby and much larger Madison County, the Board of Health supports a syringe exchange, but was met with "mixed feelings" about the program at a county Fiscal Court meeting, with some members concerned that the program condoned IV drug use, Ricki Barker reports for The Richmond Register. The county will host several forums to educate local citizens about the cost and benefits of the program and answer any questions that the public may have about it. Health officials told Barker that the department sees about eight to 10 patients a day with hepatitis C.

In Powell County, physician assistant Troy Brooks initially opposed a syringe exchange. "He said it seemed like a way to let addicts keep using their drug of choice without consequence," Meehan reports. But then local police showed him how bad the problems is by taking him to the playground in Clay City, where they collected 41 dirty needles, and he saw the need to protect children and first responders.

Six of the 25 syringe exchanges approved so far aren't operational yet. Thirteen are in counties deemed most vulnerable counties by the federal Centers for Disease Control, which identified 54 Kentucky counties as among the 220 most vulnerable in the nation to a rapid spread of HIV and hepatitis C infection among IV drug users.


Written by Al Cross Posted at 1/16/2017 10:19:00 AM