Did You Know? is a weekly feature from the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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- In 2016, 48.5 million Americans used illicit drugs or misused prescription drugsCdc-pdf [PDF-6.2MB].
- Around 66% of the more than 63,000 drug overdose deaths in 2016 involved a prescription or illicit opioid.
- States can use data on nonfatal overdoses and overdose deaths to inform their prevention activities, and healthcare providers can take CDC’s online training on safer prescribing practices.
- Metallic mercury spills in schools are toxic, costly, disruptive, and destructiveExternal.
- Only 27% of school districts Cdc-pdf[PDF-1.55MB] provided funding for training or offered training to custodial or maintenance staff on mercury spill cleanup, according to a 2016 study.
- Teachers and school staff can find resources—including new videos—on ATSDR’s Don’t Mess with Mercury website to help prevent or properly manage mercury spills in schools.
- About one-third of people who wear contact lenses sleep or nap in them, increasing the risk for a serious eye infection 6 to 8 times.
- To prevent complications, contact lens wearers can take simple steps—such as not sleeping or swimming while wearing lenses, and replacing lenses and storage cases when recommended.
- Eye care professionals should report contact lens-related corneal infections to MedwatchExternal, the FDA Safety Information and Adverse Event reporting program.
- According to the latest Vital Signs report, 1 in 7 babies born to mothers with confirmed or possible Zika during pregnancy had health problems, such as hearing and vision problems.
- Detecting these health problems early can help babies and children get the follow-up care they need.
- Healthcare providers can work with parents to ensure babies and children affected by Zika get the recommended evaluation and testing.
- One in two adults has a chronic disease, but changes in lifestyle and behavior, like being more physically active or quitting smoking, can prevent or control many of these conditions.
- Accurate and timely communication—a critical component of effective public health programsExternal—can help people to make heathier choices and change their behavior.
- Health departments can save time and money by using any of more than 900 free or low-cost communication materials from CDC’s Media Campaign Resource Center and State and Community Health Media Center.
Did You Know? information and web links are current as of their publication date. They may become outdated over time.