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- New research about environmental health professionalsexternal icon shows that many work in more than one program area—areas that include food safety, emergency preparedness and response, and vector control.
- In the next 5 years, 1 in 4 environmental health professionals plans to retire—underscoring the need for recruitment and workforce development.
- Health departments can help improve the performance and quality of their environmental health services by using CDC’s free tools, guidance materials, and training resources.
- Nearly 30 years of research shows that comprehensive syringe services programspdf icon[PDF-472KB] reduce costs, prevent diseases, and save lives.
- People who use syringe services programs are five times more likely to enter drug treatment and three times more likely to stop injecting drugs.
- Health departments and policymakers can learn more about the safety and effectiveness, legality, and implementation of syringe services programs to help reduce the toll of opioids and infectious diseases in their communities.
- In 2018, there were 233 cases of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) across 41 states; AFM is a rare but serious condition that causes limb weakness and can progress rapidly, sometimes requiring urgent ventilator support.
- The average age of patients with AFM was 5 years, and most were otherwise healthy children—according to the latest Vital Signs report.
- Clinicians can help improve our understanding of AFM by recognizing the symptoms early, running appropriate tests, and rapidly reporting suspected cases to the local health department.
- More than half of the 4.2 million Americans who misused prescription opioids during 2012‒2014 were binge drinkers
- Drinking alcohol pdf icon[PDF-867KB] while using opioids increases the risk of overdose and death.
- Widespread use of effective community-based strategies for preventing binge drinking—such as regulating the number of places that sell alcohol in any given neighborhood—could reduce opioid misuse and overdoses involving alcohol.
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