52 Weeks to Health: Week 21, Tobacco

Tobacco: A Winnable Battle Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable death in the United States and around the world.   Tobacco killed one hundred million people worldwide in the 20th century — and if current trends continue, it will kill one billion people in the 21st century.  Every year, tobacco kills more than 480,000 Americans and six million people worldwide. A Winnable Battle  We know how to win the fight against tobacco. Science and experience have identified proven, cost-effective strategies that prevent kids from smoking, help smokers quit and protect everyone from secondhand smoke. These strategies include: Higher […]

Freedom from Smoking

Words cannot say how very proud we are of the participants in our recent Freedom from Smoking class, which ran from March 7 – May 16.  We started with 13 and the 5 pictured participants (plus 2 who are not pictured) finished the class.  The class was diverse with participants ranging in age from 22 to 83 years! This group put the cigarettes down and stuck with the program!  Many of them were long time smokers and had a tremendous struggle — a struggle that is just beginning, because, although they are past withdrawal and initial addiction, they will continue to […]

Harm Reduction/Syringe Exchange Program to Begin in Adair County

Attention Adair County. Recently, the Lake Cumberland District Board of Health, the Adair County Board of Health, the Columbia City Council, and the Adair County Fiscal Court have given their consent to begin a Harm Reduction/Syringe Exchange Program in Adair County. The health department anticipates an operational program within a couple months. The public will be notified officially when the start date is set.  The goal of these Syringe Exchange Programs are to reduce the spread of Hepatitis C and HIV and keeping dirty needles out of our parks and off our roadsides.  You can learn more about this here: […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 20, Hepatitis Awareness Month

May is Hepatitis Awareness Month and May 19th is Designated Hepatitis Testing Day Hepatitis or inflammation of the liver can be caused by viruses, medication, toxins, excessive alcohol intake but most commonly by viruses named Hepatitis A, B or C. Hepatitis A and B can be prevented by vaccination but there is no vaccine available to prevent Hepatitis C. Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease which results from infection with the Hepatitis C virus.  It is transmitted through contaminated blood, as when sharing needles or through blood transfusion prior to  1992 (since 1992 all blood and blood products have been screened for Hepatitis […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 19, Wash Your Hands

Hand Hygiene When Should You Wash Your Hands? Before, during, and after preparing food Before eating food Before and after caring for someone who is sick Before and after treating a cut or wound After using the toilet After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste After handling pet food or pet treats After touching garbage How to Wash Your Hands? Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap. Lather […]

Naloxone Reverses Opioid Overdoses

Do you know someone at risk of drug overdose? Naloxone reverses Opioid overdoses. You can stop an overdose death! On Monday, June 5th there will be a free and open to the public opportunity to receive free doses of Naloxone. No appointment is necessary. Walk-in between 2:00 pm — 6:00 pm EST to the Taylor County Health Department.  The address is 1880 N. Bypass Road, Campbellsville, KY 42718. Call 270-465-4191 for more information. We will provide education on overdose prevention and education on how to safely give Naloxone.  There will also be free Rapid HIV and Hepatitis C testing. Naloxone trainings will […]

2017 Rabies Clinics Dates Posted

Did you know that every year an estimated 30,000-40,000 U.S. residents are potentially exposed to rabies and require human rabies post-exposure prophylaxis? In the past few years there have been over 50 animals that have tested positive for rabies in Kentucky. Rabies threatens all members of the family, including pets. When left untreated, rabies is almost always fatal. However, it is 100% preventable. This is why we must take the appropriate steps to prevent and control rabies in our communities. Although the majority of cases of rabies occur in the wildlife population, most humans are exposed to the virus as […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 18, Oral Cancer

Smokeless Tobacco and Oral Cancer There are 28 known cancer causing chemicals in smokeless tobacco; it is not a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes. According to the CDC, in previous years, Kentucky has been ranked #1 in the highest rates of oral cancer. Using smokeless tobacco increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Smokeless tobacco can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and tooth loss. Also, it can cause white or gray patches in the mouth known as leukoplakia, which can lead to cancer. The Oral Cancer Foundation states close to 49,750 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this […]