The Health News USA August 7 2017

Overview

  • On Monday the White House commission examining the nation’s opioid epidemic, headed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, released its interim report that says President Donald Trump should declare an emergency because “our citizens are dying.” The recommendation that Trump declare a national public health emergency over the growing opioid crisis is long overdue and a welcome relief, according to medical professionals and those battling the epidemic on the front lines.
  • A specialized court has been established in Pinal County to give defendants with mental problems an alternative path and keep them out of the criminal justice system. Establishing a mental health court increases public safety, reduces recidivism rates and improves access to mental health programs.
  • Federal health officials reported on Friday that a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to papayas imported from Mexico sickened an additional 64 people and expanded to 16 U.S. states. According to the CDC, people were first sickened after eating the fruit beginning on May 17. The people infected were between ages less than 1 to 95.

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http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/04/health/opioid-emergency-declaration-importance/index.html

On Monday the White House commission examining the nation’s opioid epidemic, headed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, released its interim report that says President Donald Trump should declare an emergency because “our citizens are dying.” The recommendation that Trump declare a national public health emergency over the growing opioid crisis is long overdue and a welcome relief, according to medical professionals and those battling the epidemic on the front lines. But some worry the administration may not follow through on campaign promises to address the opioid crisis, and they express concern that the recent evidence-based treatment recommendations are at odds with the Justice Department’s new war on drugs.

More controversy swirled this week after it was reported that Trump labeled New Hampshire “a drug-infested den,” in a conversation with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, according to a transcript of Trump’s January twenty seven call that was published by The Washington Post. In two thousand fifteen, New Hampshire recorded three hundred ninety seven deaths caused by opioids, according to the New Hampshire Department of Safety. In terms of the rate of all drug-related deaths, New Hampshire ranks second among states behind West Virginia, according to the most recent data available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It is not often that a public health emergency is declared for something other than a natural disaster. The US Department of Health and Human Services declared one in Puerto Rico last year after more than ten thousand Zika cases were reported there. Before that, the last emergency declaration, unrelated to a natural disaster, was during the two thousand nine- two thousand ten flu season, when there was widespread concern over a potential pandemic.

Since nineteen ninety nine, the number of American overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled, the CDC says. From two thousand to two thousand fifteen, more than five hundred thousand people died of drug overdoses, and opioids account for the majority of those. The commission said one hundred forty two Americans die from drug overdoses every day — a toll “equal to September eleventh every three weeks.”

https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/arizona/articles/2017-08-06/mental-health-court-established-for-offenders-on-probation

A specialized court has been established in Pinal County to give defendants with mental problems an alternative path and keep them out of the criminal justice system. Presiding Judge Stephen McCarville signed an administrative order last month calling for the establishment of Mental Health Treatment Court. It’s a therapeutic, post-sentence court for defendants placed on supervised probation.

People screened with a mental illness are referred to the court by the Pinal County Attorney’s Office or the county’s probation department. Then the court’s staff reviews the defendant’s case to determine whether the person’s situation is appropriate for the program, the Casa Grande Dispatch reported.The offender undergoes outpatient treatment at a mental health facility while checking in with the court on a weekly basis.

If defendants don’t follow the terms of the treatment, then they’re subject to having their probation revoked.

Establishing a mental health court increases public safety, reduces recidivism rates and improves access to mental health programs, according to a report released by the Arizona Supreme Court.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/08/06/deadly-salmonella-outbreak-linked-to-papayas-sickens-another-64-people.html

Federal health officials reported on Friday that a deadly salmonella outbreak linked to papayas imported from Mexico sickened an additional sixty four people and expanded to sixteen U.S. states. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the source of the salmonella outbreak was traced back to Caribena brand papayas from the Carica de Campeche farm. In July, at least one New York City resident died. Another thirty five people were hospitalized with salmonella as of Friday.  

“When in doubt, don’t eat, sell, or serve them and throw them out,” the CDC said. People were first sickened after eating the fruit beginning on May seventeen, according to the CDC. The people infected were between ages less than one to ninety five.

Health officials tested the fruit found in the Mexican farm and identified five strands of salmonella that sickened at least one hundred nine people.

A recall was already issued on July twenty six for papayas distributed by Grande Produce. The fruit was sold in U.S. markets between July ten and July nineteen. The FDA plans to test more papayas imported from Mexico to identify other possible farms with contaminated fruit.

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