2017-11-09 / News Briefs

In brief

EOC activated for hepatitis A outbreak

LANSING — Lt. Gov. Brian Calley activated the state Emergency Operations Center to coordinate Michigan’s response to the hepatitis A outbreak. Since August 2016, there have been 457 confirmed cases of hepatitis A, including 18 fatalities, associated with the outbreak in the City of Detroit and Huron, Ingham, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Sanilac, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

The SEOC is overseen by the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division and coordinates response and recovery efforts by state agencies and local government. More information about the hepatitis A outbreak is available at www.michigan.gov/hepatitisAoutbreak. — L.R.

Kildee hosts Veterans town hall

FLINT — Congressman Dan Kildee will host a Veterans Day Town Hall at noon Saturday, Nov. 11, at Riverfront Banquet Center in Flint.

The town hall gives veterans of all wars a chance to share their personal experiences. Veterans and community members wishing to attend the town hall can RSVP at www.dankildee. house.gov/veteranstownhall. The town hall is free and open to the public. — L.R.

Open enrollment deadline nears

WASHINGTON – With open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act ending Dec. 15, Congressman Dan Kildee is urging constituents to visit www.healthcare.gov to find health insurance plans.

Free help is available during the open enrollment period. Individuals with questions about signing up for health insurance or changing their existing plan can contact constituent services representatives in Kildee’s office at 810-238-8627 or at www.dankildee.house.gov. — L.R.

Naloxone orders dispensed

LANSING — In the first three months after a standing order for naloxone was authorized in Michigan, pharmacies have dispensed 1,290 orders, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley announced last week. Pharmacies dispensed 2,814 other orders of naloxone through prescriptions from physicians during this same time period, meaning nearly onethird was dispensed was under the standing order.

“The opioid epidemic is an emergency and we are taking every action possible to combat it,” said Calley. “Recovery from addiction is rarely a straight line. Relapses are a reality that families need to plan for and this standing order is ensuring that we will have more second chances and fewer funerals.”

From the end of May through the end of September, 962 Michigan pharmacies registered online to obtain the standing order, allowing them to dispense naloxone to those at risk of an opioid-related overdose, as well as family members, friends, and others who may assist. There are 2,840 pharmacies with controlled substance licenses in Michigan, so the number registered to dispense naloxone under the standing order represents approximately 34 percent.

Michigan has seen a dramatic increase in opioid related deaths. From 1999-2015 more than 8,900 people have died from an opioid overdose with more than 50 percent of those deaths occurring since 2010. — L.R.

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