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Newly released data show that 151,964 Americans died due to alcohol, drugs or suicide in 2018. This national death rate for alcohol, drug and suicide deaths was only very slightly lower than what it had been in 2017 despite progress in reducing some types of opioid overdose, according to a new report by Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and Well Being Trust.

Key Findings:

  • The national combined death rate due to alcohol, drugs and suicide was about level with the year prior – 2017. That’s the first time since the data collection began in 1999 that there has not been a large increase in the overall alcohol, drugs and suicide death rate.
  • Prescription opioid deaths were down but overall opioid deaths are still on the rise, with deaths involving synthetic opioids up 10 percent.
  • For the year, alcohol deaths were up 4 percent and suicide deaths were up 2 percent.
  • American Indians, Asians, Blacks, Latinos and older adults all experienced increases in drug-induced deaths between 2017 and 2018. Blacks and American Indians had the largest absolute increase.
  • All racial and ethnic minority groups experienced larger proportional changes in suicides rates than did Whites.

>> Read the full report here.

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Now, more than ever, safety is crucial both inside and outside the workplace, which is why the National Safety Council will still be recognizing National Safety Month® in June. Observed annually by NSC, the nation’s leading nonprofit safety advocate, National Safety Month focuses on saving lives and preventing injuries, from the workplace to anyplace.

This year, NSC will shine a spotlight on pressing topics, including, but not limited to:

  • Mental Health
  • Ergonomics
  • Building a Safety Culture
  • Driving

This year’s public materials will include a poster, tip sheets, articles, social media graphics and more! Visit their website for more information.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is constantly evolving. Public health workers are responsible for providing educational information to help slow the spread of the virus. The following materials may be helpful if you are a public health professional working within a community.

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About the CTP

The FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) regulates the manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of tobacco products. CTP’s mission is to make tobacco-related death and disease part of America’s past, not America’s future, and, by doing so, ensure a healthier life for every family. The focus of CTP is on protecting America’s youth, providing information to help educate consumers, ensuring industry complies with the law, reviewing products, and conducting leading cutting-edge tobacco and nicotine-related research.

Click here to read more about the CTP.

Webinar: Recent Changes that Impact the Sale of Tobacco Products in Retail Establishments

The following webinar (from February 2020) explains the changes made to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, known as the FD&C Act, to increase the federal minimum age of sale of tobacco products to 21 years of age; provides an overview on the Final Guidance: Enforcement Priorities for Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) and Other Deemed Products on the Market Without Premarket Authorization.

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    As health promotion professionals, organizations and community partners turn to you to help keep people well and prevent the spread of COVID-19. This post presents tips and resources for successfully navigating a remote work environment.

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    The mission of Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) is to strengthen the capacity of community coalitions to create and maintain safe, healthy and drug-free communities globally.  This is accomplished by providing technical assistance and training, public policy advocacy, media strategies and marketing programs, training and special events.

    CADCA’s youth and adult trainers host a free webinar each Wednesday from June to August 2020. Webinars cover topics including youth and sector engagement, sustainability, best practices during COVID-19 and more! CADCA has made the webinar recordings and presentations available to those who are unable to attend.

    Past topics include:

    Updating Your Objectives by Engaging Coalition Sector Members During Social Isolation

    You Take the Lead…Social Distancing for Coalitions

    Building Resiliency and Protective Factors During Challenging Times

    View the list of recorded webinars here. 

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      How Was This Idea Developed?

      Altus Public Schools received a $30,000 TSET Healthy Schools Incentive Grant and used some of the funding to purchase hydroponic grow towers for their schools. Sabina Garrett (pictured above in blue), the Child Nutrition Director, was the grant writer and moving force for the policy progression. The HLP Southern Oklahoma Community Action Group laid the ground work with Altus.

      What Outcomes Have Been Achieved?

      Students and staff are excited about Altus Public Schools being awarded the funding for this project. The three systems provide opportunities for student and staff enrichment as well as use of the products in mobile meal deliveries. The high school agriculture department has a similar grow tower and described experimentation that can occur at the different levels using the system. Teachers have shown enthusiasm for the project and are eager to utilize the equipment into next school year.

      See the Hydroponic Grow Towers in Action!

      This video shows how the superintendent and various staff members are using the grow towers for the middle school and high school.


      To learn more about this community effort, or to get involved, contact:

      Shaundra Covey, Healthy Living Coordinator with Southwest Oklahoma Action Group, Healthy Living Program

      Phone: 580-380-4231

      E-mail: shaundra.covey@socag.org

      or Sabina Garrett, Child Nutrition Program Director for Altus Public Schools

      E-mail: sgarrett@altusps.com

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        Wherever your public health work may be, you have a role in helping the people in your community stay safe. Consider sharing these links with your community to help support Oklahomans while slowing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19)!

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