News, Notices and Information

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Drug Take Back Day

Posted on April 26, 2018

National Take Back Day (Saturday, April 28) – A national day to ask all Americans to safely dispose of unused medication. Many businesses, medical offices, and first responders are hosting take back events to safely dispose of unused medication. National Take Back Day happens twice a year; at the last National Take Back Day, Americans collected a record-breaking 900,000 pounds of prescription drugs, more than the weight of three Boeing 757’s!

Three simple ways to dispose of pills:
o Visit takebackday.dea.gov to find a safe collection site
o Drop off at any participating Walgreens or CVS locations
o Order a free safe disposal envelope at NSC.org/TakeBack

Never flush your medicine down the toilet/drain! Flushed medications can get into our lakes, rivers and streams. Research has shown that continuous exposure to low levels of medications has altered the behavior and physiology of fish and aquatic organisms.

What can and cannot be discarded in a drug collection box?
CAN:
- Over-the-counter medications
- Prescription medications
- Medication samples
- Medications for household pets
- Medicated lotions or ointments

CANNOT:
- Needles or other “sharps”
- Hazardous waste
- Thermometers
- Personal care products (shampoo, etc.)

What if I cannot make it to a Take Back Day event on Saturday?
Did you know that you can safely drop off prescription medication at participating local Police Departments? These drug collection boxes are secured in the lobby of the police department, and are accessible anytime the department is open. No questions asked, just drop the unwanted medications in and they will be safely and securely destroyed.

Visit the Naugatuck Valley Overdose Prevention & Education’s website to find out more information about local drug collection boxes in the Valley and how the Valley is being affected by the opioids epidemic.

Upcoming Community Narcan Training Events


Community Wellbeing Survey

Posted on April 24, 2018

Help us help you!

We are asking residents to “pick up the phone!” if you receive a call from a (203) or (518) area code. Why? At least 15,000 randomly-selected residents of all towns and cities in Connecticut will participate in the 2018 Community Wellbeing Survey’s live, in-depth interviews.

The 2018 Community Wellbeing Survey will allow unprecedented tracking of regional and local trends over the past three years, as well as create an even more in-depth portrait of Connecticut’s neighborhoods, when updated results are shared this fall. We analyze this type of information to help inform the services and programs that NVHD provides to our communities.

For more information, and DataHaven’s press release, please click here.


UPDATED E.coli Advisory

Posted on April 20, 2018

Download the CT Department of Public Health UPDATED Advisory here

Based on new information obtained during the investigation of the multi-state E.coli O157 outbreak
associated with romaine lettuce, CDC has expanded their consumer advice to include whole heads
and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing
romaine, from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. See page 2 for CDC’s specific advice.

Local health departments are advised to share this updated information with food establishments to
inform them of CDC’s updated advice not to serve romaine lettuce unless they are sure it did not
originate from the Yuma, Arizona growing area.

The investigation is ongoing and the number of cases have increase, however the number of
Connecticut cases remains at 2.

More specific information will be provided when it becomes available. Inquiries from consumers who
believe they may be ill from consuming romaine lettuce should contact their medical provider.

Additional Information
FDA: https://www.fda.gov/food/recallsoutbreaksemergencies/outbreaks/ucm604254.htm
CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2018/o157h7-04-18/index.html

From the CDC website 4/20/18
What’s New?

- Based on new information, CDC is expanding its warning to consumers to cover all types of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. This warning now includes whole heads and hearts of romaine lettuce, in addition to chopped romaine and salads and salad mixes containing romaine.

- Do not buy or eat romaine lettuce at a grocery store or restaurant unless you can confirm it is not from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region.

- Unless the source of the product is known, consumers anywhere in the United States who have any store-bought romaine lettuce at home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. Product labels often do not identify growing regions; so, throw out any romaine lettuce if you’re uncertain about where it was grown. This includes whole heads and hearts of romaine, chopped romaine, and salads and salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.

- Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.

- The expanded warning is based on information from newly reported illnesses in Alaska. Ill people in Alaska reported eating lettuce from whole heads of romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.

E.coli Advisory

Posted on April 13, 2018

NVHD is aware and monitoring the multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 being investigated. We will continue to provide any updates as they become available.

Please read the CT Department of Public Health Environmental Health Section Circular Letter #2018-02

CDC announced today that a multi-state outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 is being investigated. Currently 35 cases in 11 states have been identified. Twenty-two people have been hospitalized(including 3 cases with hemolytic uremic syndrome) and there have been no deaths. Connecticut has 2 cases related to this outbreak. It is likely that additional cases will be identified as CDC and state health departments continue to investigate.

Epidemiologic evidence collected to date indicates that chopped romaine lettuce is the likely source of this outbreak, however, no common grower, supplier, distributor, or brand has been identified. Preliminary information collected to date indicates that the chopped romaine lettuce was from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. According to CDC “Most people reported eating a salad at a restaurant, and romaine lettuce was the only common ingredient identified among the salads eaten. The restaurants reported using bagged, chopped romaine lettuce to make salads. At this time, ill people are not reporting whole heads or hearts of romaine.”

Local health departments are advised to share information about this outbreak with restaurants and retailers to inform them of CDC’s advice not to serve romaine lettuce unless they are sure it did not originate from the Yuma, Arizona growing area. More specific information will be provided when it becomes available. Inquiries from consumers who believe they may be ill from consuming romaine lettuce should contact their medical provider.”

CDC’s Advice to Consumers, Restaurants, and Retailers
Information collected to date indicates that chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region could be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7 and could make people sick.

Advice to Restaurants and Retailers
- Restaurants and retailers should not serve or sell any chopped romaine lettuce, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, from the Yuma, Arizona growing region.
- Restaurants and retailers should ask their suppliers about the source of their chopped romaine lettuce.

Advice to Consumers
- Consumers anywhere in the United States who have store-bought chopped romaine lettuce at home, including salads and salad mixes containing chopped romaine lettuce, should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick. If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine, do not eat it and throw it away.
- Wash and sanitize drawers or shelves in refrigerators where chopped romaine was stored. Follow these five steps to clean your refrigerator.

- Before purchasing romaine lettuce at a grocery store or eating it at a restaurant, consumers should confirm with the store or restaurant that it is not chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona growing region. If you cannot confirm the source of the romaine lettuce, do not buy it or eat it.
- Take action if you have symptoms of an E. coli infection:
- Talk to your healthcare provider.
- Write down what you ate in the week before you started to get sick.
- Report your illness to the health department.
- Assist public health investigators by answering questions about your illness

Follow these general ways to prevent E. coli infection:
- Wash your hands. Wash hands after using the restroom or changing diapers, before and after preparing or eating food, and after contact with animals.
- Don’t prepare food or drink for others when you are sick.
- Cook meats thoroughly to kill harmful germs. Cook steaks and roasts to at least 145˚F and let rest for 3 minutes after you remove meat from the grill or stove. Cook ground beef and pork to at least 160˚F. Use a food thermometer to check the temperature of the meat.
- Don’t cross-contaminate food preparation areas. Thoroughly wash hands, counters, cutting boards, and utensils after they touch raw meat.
- Wash fruits and vegetables before eating, unless the package says the contents have been washed.
- Avoid raw milk, other unpasteurized dairy products, and unpasteurized juices.

For additional information, please visit CDC’s website: https://www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2018/o157h7-04-18/index.html

Health Educator Job Posting

Posted on April 11, 2018

Health Educator Job Posting

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