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Community Discussion: Rethinking Addiction on May 16 (2018)

Join us on May 16 for a community discussion on Rethinking Addiction: Using Science to Build an Ecosystem of Treatment and Recovery. The Health District of Northern Larimer County and the Mental Health and Substance Use Alliance of Larimer County are hosting national and local experts to discuss new ways of thinking about addiction as we work to transform perceptions and treatment of substance use disorders in Larimer County. This is an opportunity to hear Dr. Corey Waller, a well-respected national expert on addictions and substance use, along with other impactful speakers. We will explore topics such as these: Does substance use treatment really work? Is addiction a brain disease?

This event is free and open to the public. Light snacks will be provided. Please join us from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins. For more information and to register, go to the Eventbrite website. If you have any problems registering, please contact Wendy at wgrogran@healthdistrict.org or at 970-530-2738.
 
Community Invited to Local 9Health Fairs on May 5 (2018)

9Health Fair will host events across Colorado this spring. Anyone 18 and older can take advantage of free and low-cost health screenings and education that are available for people to keep tabs on their health.

The 9Health Fair in Fort Collins will be held 7:00am-noon, Sat., May 5, at Timberline Church, 2908 S. Timberline Road. Red Feather Lakes will also have a 9Health Fair on May 5, 8:00am-noon.

Free and low-cost health screenings address some critical health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, prostate cancer, mental health, and more. 9Health Fairs also offer eye health/vision screenings, bone density, height/weight screening, and other screenings depending on location.

Thousands of 9Health Fair volunteers serve people from communities around the state. 9Health Fair uses phlebotomists, registered nurses, physician assistants, medical doctors, emergency medical technicians and other medical professionals to help administer a variety of health screenings and draw blood.

To ensure proper hydration for an easier blood draw, participants are encouraged to bring their own water to drink at the 9Health Fair.

All 9Health Fair locations include a $35 Blood Chemistry Screening, which gives you information on your blood sugar (glucose), cholesterol, triglycerides, and may show warning signs of diabetes, heart disease, and other concerns. Other low-cost screenings include a $25 Blood Count Screening and a $30 Colon Cancer Screening Take-Home Kit.

For more 9Health Fair information, please visit www.9healthfair.org or call 1-800-332-3078 (toll-free).
 
Rabies in Skunks in Larimer County (May 2018)

As of mid-May 2018, the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has confirmed that 17 skunks have tested positive for rabies in Larimer County. So far, the skunks have been found in Fort Collins, Timnath, Wellington, and Carr.

Rabies can infect any warm-blooded mammal, but in Larimer County it is most commonly found in bats and skunks. Skunk rabies may pose a greater risk to pets and people because -- as ground-based animals -- they may interact more with people and pets than a rabid bat would.

If you see a skunk, bat, or other animals that's behaving strangely, keep your distance and call the Larimer Humane Society's animal control number at 970-226-3647, #7. Unusual skunk behavior can include being out during the daytime, being aggressive, turning in circles, or appearing tame and unafraid of people or pets.

The Department of Health and Environment reminds pet owners to keep their animals' rabies vaccinations up to date to prevent lengthy and costly quarantines -- or even euthanasia -- if pets have an encounter with a rabid animal. Livestock owners should check with their veterinarians about rabies vaccinations for their horses, cattle, and other livestock.

Ways to protect you and your family:
  • Do not feed or touch wildlife.
  • Teach children to observe wildlife from a distance and to notify an adult if there is a wild animal in the area or if they are bitten or scratched.
  • Eliminate food sources for wild animals by not feeding pets outdoors, closing pet doors (especially at night), and tightly closing garbage cans and feed bins.
  • Ensure that your pets, horses, and livestock are up to date on their rabies vaccinations.

  • For the latest information on rabies in Larimer County, visit the county website.
     
    Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 28 (2018)

    National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. On April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local law enforcement and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide an opportunity to properly dispose of unneeded and/or expired prescription medications.

    The Prescription Drug Take-Back program addresses an important public safety and public health issue. Many people are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

    Drop-off sites during the event will be at the following locations:
  • Fort Collins: Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 S. Timberline Road, north parking lot
  • Fort Collins: Colorado State University Police Dept., 750 Meridian Ave.
  • Loveland: Loveland Police Department, 810 E. 10th St.
  • Wellington: Larimer County Sheriff's Dept., at Family Dollar parking lot, 8099 S. 6th St.
  • Windsor: Windsor Police Department, 200 N. 11th St.

  • The service is free and anonymous. Law enforcement officers will be present with the drug disposal box at all times. At the conclusion of the event, the boxes will be sealed and turned over to the DEA for proper disposal.

    Many kinds of prescription and over-the-counter medications may be brought to this event for disposal, including pet medications. However the following items will NOT be accepted: liquids, intravenous solutions, injectables/needles, syringes, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, and illicit drugs.

    Check the DEA website for additional information and other local drop-off sites.

    Information on environmentally sound disposal methods that minimize opportunities for misuse and protect the environment will be available at the Fort Collins collection site. Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash could cause pollution of lakes, streams, and water supplies and pose potential safety and health hazards.

    Fort Collins Police Services also has a year-round drug take-back program with a secure bin for the collection of prescription/over-the-counter drugs. Residents may drop off unneeded or expired over-the-counter and prescription medications in the Fort Collins Police Services lobby, 2221 S. Timberline Road, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The same restrictions on eligible/ineligible items apply (see above). For additional information contact Fort Collins Police Services at 970-221-6540.
     
    Project Homeless Connect on April 13 (2018)

    Project Homeless Connect is a one-day event providing free services and referrals to people who are experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of becoming homeless.

    This year's Homeless Connect will be held on Friday, April 13, from 8:00am to noon at the Northside Aztlan Center, 112 E. Willow St. in Fort Collins. Breakfast will be available at 8:00am, and lunch will be served from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Se habla espanol.

    Free services include:
  • Bike Repair
  • Bus Passes
  • Children's Activities
  • Clothing and Shoes
  • Counseling
  • Dental Screenings
  • Eye Exams
  • Food Basics Package
  • Government Benefits
  • Haircuts
  • Housing Information
  • Legal Services
  • Medical Screenings
  • Pet Services/Food (Pets Welcome)
  • Veterans Services

  • Some services may request identification, so please bring any identification you may have, such as a photo ID and/or two pieces of mail with the same address.

    For more information call 2-1-1 or 970-407-7066. More information is also available at the Murphy Center.
     

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