Tag Archives: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Moffat County School District Addresses Meningitis Concerns

Moffat-County-School-DistriThe Moffat County School District is addressing concerns regarding this morning’s report that a couple of students may have contracted meningitis. The students in question have been tested, but the results have not come back yet. However, the notion that the disease MIGHT be Continue reading

Hotline Set Up for Those Worried about Oil and Gas Health Concerns

oil-and-gas-drilling-300Residents living near oil and gas drilling operations can now call a state-run hotline with concerns about possible health impacts. The hotline is part of the Oil and Gas Health Information Response Program, in response to a Continue reading

State and Federal Officials Clash on Reopening of Animas River

EPA-300Colorado and federal officials are at odds over whether it’s safe to reopen the Animas River to recreation after the EPA spilled 3 million gallons of toxic mine water into it, while working at the Gold King Mine. The bright orange color is gone, and officials say tests show the concentration of metals in the water – including arsenic and lead – Continue reading

Survey Uses Marijuana Statistics for First Time

MARIJUANA-300New data from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment show 13.6 percent of Colorado adults surveyed in 2014 reported using marijuana in the past 30 days. This is the first time the department has collected marijuana use data in the survey. The National Survey of Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), Continue reading

Study of Marijuana Use Released

MARIJUANA-300Almost 14 percent of Colorado adults use pot. That’s according to the state Health Department’s first-ever survey of how many adults use the newly legal drug. Results from the 2014 survey were announced yesterday. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says that 13.6 percent of adults currently use pot. Continue reading

State Launches Marijuana Education Campaign

MARIJUANA-300The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has launched a media campaign to educate Colorado adults and visitors about safe, legal and responsible use of retail marijuana. The campaign, “Good to Know,” focuses on retail marijuana laws and health effects, including the ban on use in public places, age restrictions, DUI Continue reading

CDPHE Encourages Radon Testing

RADONWinter is the perfect time to test your home for radon. That’s according to Chrystine Kelley, radon program manager for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, who says “testing your home for radon is simple and works best when all your doors and windows are closed.” Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas responsible for Continue reading

Edibles Focus of Marijuana Regulators

MARIJUANA-300Health authorities in Colorado say the government should decide which marijuana foods look too much like regular candy and snacks. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment plans to recommend that the state set up a commission to “grant pre-market approval” before edible forms of pot can be sold. Continue reading

State Urges Coloradans to get Flu Shots

seasonal-flu-300The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is advising people to get a vaccine as soon as possible to protect themselves from seasonal influenza. During the 2013-14 flu season, there were 1,759 hospitalizations in Colorado caused by the flu. The vaccine now is available at most physician’s offices and pharmacies. An annual influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone, beginning with Continue reading

Health Department Releases Workplace Fatalities Report

CDPHEThe Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment released preliminary data from the 2013 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. According to the preliminary figures, there were 65 work-related deaths in 2013, which is 17 fewer than occurred in 2012. Transportation-related deaths Continue reading

Official Wants to Ban Most Marijuana Edibles

MARIJUANA-300A Colorado health official wants to ban many edible forms of marijuana, including brownies, cookies and most candies. Jeff Lawrence of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has recommended retail marijuana edibles be limited to lozenges and tinctures, also known as liquid drops. It’s one of dozens being Continue reading

Students Encouraged to Compete in Radon Poster Contest

RADONColorado students have until October 31st to put their creativity to work promoting awareness of indoor radon risks by participating in the 2015 National Radon Poster Contest. The contest, designed to raise awareness for radon testing and inform people of the danger of radon in their homes, is coordinated by the Colorado Continue reading