Spring has finally arrived. As you get started spring cleaning this year, consider disposing of unused or unwanted medications.
Wisconsin has seen a significant increase in opioid overdose deaths over the last several decades. In 2000, there were 111 deaths due to opioid overdose. In 2017, that number increased to 916. That’s more than a 700% increase.
According to the Wisconsin Department of Justice, more than 70% of people who abuse prescription painkillers get them through friends or relatives. “Locking medications and taking advantage of safe disposal options are some of the most effective ways to prevent prescription drug abuse in our community,” states Kristin Bath, Public Health Educator Continue Reading > >
Wisconsin Wins (WI Wins) is a statewide program designed to decrease youth access to tobacco products. The program helps reduce tobacco’s impact on Wisconsin by keeping these products out of kids’ hands. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids reports that 2,200 kids in Wisconsin under 18 become daily smokers each year.
One way the program works is through compliance checks. This is done to make sure tobacco and nicotine products are not being sold to youth under the age of 18. In 2002, before the program started, Wisconsin’s noncompliance rate was 34%. Today it is down to 5.8%!
WI Wins will be conducting random compliance checks in Lincoln County throughout the year. “Last year 16% of Lincoln County retailers sold tobacco products to youth,” said Judy Sargent, Public Health Nurse Continue Reading > >
Residents reminded to take steps to stay safe during flooding events
During Flood Safety Awareness Week, Lincoln County Health Department is reminding residents on how to stay safe during flooding events.
“Wisconsin has seen a great deal of precipitation this winter, and we are expecting flooding this spring when it all melts,” said Kristin Bath, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Lincoln County Health Department. “It’s important for residents to prepare now before flooding starts.” Continue Reading > >
Spring is almost here! That means that flooding season is here too. The extra snow combined with mild temperatures and rain will increase the likelihood of flooding now and into the next few months in our area.
Below are resources to help you and your family prepare for potential flooding and recover if flooding does occur in your home.
More information is available at https://bit.ly/1NfXG0A or by contacting the Lincoln County Health Department at 715-536-0307.
Life as we know it would be impossible without groundwater. It is the world’s most used natural resource and supports our lives. Approximately 70% of Wisconsinites use groundwater for drinking. The Lincoln County Health Department would like to use this year’s National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 10-16, to remind well owners to test their water every year to prevent sickness caused by bad water. “This year’s theme, Think is a reminder to think about getting that leaky faucet fixed, think about the farmers that rely on groundwater to grow the food we eat, and to think about having your well checked and tested to protect your drinking water,” says Meghan Williams, Registered Environmental Health Specialist for Lincoln County Health Department. Continue Reading > >