Air quality and health update

From Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) and the health departments of Snohomish, King, Pierce and Kitsap counties,  who are committed to providing residents with health information to make decisions for their families: Yesterday, smoke was high up in the air, leaving our ground-level air cleaner than it looked. But pollution levels on the ground […]

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Addiction knows no boundaries: Marah’s story

Today, on International Overdose Awareness Day, Public Health Insider is sharing the words of our guest author, Penny LeGate. For local addiction resources and support, click on the links at the bottom of this post. My name is Penny LeGate.  I moved to Seattle in 1986 to co-host a brand new TV show called “Evening […]

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Witnessing an overdose? Don’t be afraid to call 911

Special series: Community voices on overdose prevention – An interview with Captain Bryan Howard, King County Sheriff’s Office Thursday, August 31, is International Overdose Prevention Day. This week, we are sharing community perspectives on preventing overdose and addiction. We talked with Captain Bryan Howard – King County Sheriff’s Office, to learn about the Good Samaritan Law, naloxone […]

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What I wish my parents had known about their medicine cabinet

Special series: Community voices on overdose prevention Thursday, August 31, is International Overdose Prevention Day. This week, we are sharing community perspectives on preventing overdose and addiction. We start with a conversation with Maya, an 18-year-old who started abusing prescription drugs at the age of 13. Now, she’s in recovery and shares her insight with us. […]

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New cases of Legionnaires’ Disease at Local Hospital

The University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) has notified Public Health – Seattle & King County of two patients who were diagnosed with a serious type of pneumonia called Legionnaires’ disease caused by infection with Legionella bacteria.  The patients’ medical histories suggest that exposure to Legionella happened while hospitalized at UWMC. The first patient, a male in his 40’s, […]

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