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Archive for the month “January, 2018”

WIC team participates in the Urban Mountain Challenge

The WIC team participated in the Urban Mountain Challenge at the “Big Blue Building” in downtown Lexington on Saturday, Jan. 27. Jill Keys, Rebekah Shoopman, Jenna Schwartz, Mary Beth Gilles, and Heather Watson attended. The team climbed 30 double flights of stairs and everyone made it to the top!

Health department provides 144 free Narcan kits in community class

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department provided 144 naloxone kits Tuesday at its first class to train the community on the overdose-reversing medication. Due to overwhelming demand, the health department plans to hold additional community classes to be announced soon.

Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, blocks opiate receptors in the brain, works in 1-3 minutes and lasts 30-90 minutes. It can cause withdrawal symptoms such as nausea and disorientation, but there is no risk for abuse or addiction. If given in a timely manner, the antidote can prevent deaths from overdoses due to opioid drugs, such as oxycodone or heroin.

“Ready access to naloxone at home or in the community can save lives,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Kraig Humbaugh. “Knowing when and how to use Narcan gives people a chance for recovery in the future.”

The free naloxone kits were available to the community through a partnership between the health department, Drug Free Lex and the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, part of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health, and a bona fide agent for the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Staff who worked the event included: Deanna Bond, Maggie Bravo, Sandy Breeding, Lindsay Earlywine, Laura Foley, Kevin Hall, Kim Harris, Cristina Hiten, Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, Jill Keys, Yolanda Loveless, Christy Nentwick, Ruben Perez, Bailey Preston and Dan Satterfield.

Here are some comments from the public:

Welcome new employees!

Please take a moment to welcome the newest employees of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.

Milly Muffly

Milly M. Muffly
Nurse Specialist

Carolyn Brophy Huffman

Carolyn L. Brophy-Huffman
Nurse Specialist

Katherine Gardner

Katherine S. Gardner
Nurse Specialist

Health department marks Radon Action Month with free at-home kits

radonJanuary is National Radon Action Month, and we have FREE home test kits! Radon is an invisible, odorless, radioactive gas that is found naturally in rocks and soil. It enters homes through cracks and other openings in foundations. Any home can have elevated levels of radon. The only way to know if your home has an elevated radon level is to test. Get your FREE radon testing kit 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday at 650 Newtown Pike. For information, call (859) 231-9791.

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has long promoted radon testing. When homeowners find high levels of radon, they are urged to fix the problem. Typically, radon mitigation systems are installed to reduce the radioactive gas. The systems are designed for continuous suction and exhaust of the gas so it doesn’t collect in basements, crawl spaces and other places within a home.

It is estimated that a million homes in Kentucky have elevated radon levels. Many homeowners are not fully educated on the link between radon and lung cancer, thereby resulting in a small number of residential mitigations. About 1,800-2,000 mitigations are done each year in Kentucky. Also, more newly built homes could be constructed radon-resistant, if the owner requests the builder to put in radon prevention technologies (radon-resistant new construction or RRNC) in the design.

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