Long waits for ambulances raising alarm
Donna Martin, 73, was in her yard in Morgan County one day last summer when a wasp stung her. Martin, a grandmother and active tennis player, suffered a severe allergic reaction. She soon went into cardiac arrest. Her young granddaughter called 911. But both of the rural county’s ambulances... Read more
Forsyth still No. 1 as county health rankings show familiar pattern
Once again, Forsyth County ranks as the healthiest county in Georgia. And the next four healthiest — Oconee, Cherokee, Fayette and Gwinnett — are the same as last year’s, in the newly released  2019 County Health Rankings. All five counties are suburban and in the northern half of the... Read more
Proposals to fight HIV move forward in General Assembly
A month after metro Atlanta was announced as a focus of a federal anti-HIV initiative, Georgia lawmakers are moving forward on their own to fight the disease here. The Georgia House has passed legislation to facilitate needle exchange programs to help prevent new infections among intravenous drug users. Such... Read more
Commentary: Creative use of data helps fight the opioid epidemic
Overdose deaths from opioids, including prescription opioids and heroin, have increased almost six times since 1999. Overdoses involving opioids killed more than 47,000 people in 2017, and a third of those deaths involved prescription medications. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has expanded its data tool involving opioid prescriptions. Its update to... Read more
CMS mapping tool on prescriptions helps communities fight opioid crisis
This Commentary is written by Jean Moody-Williams, regional CMS administrator Leveraging community partnerships and critical data is one of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ key strategies to help tailor prevention and treatment efforts to combat the opioid crisis, particularly in rural communities. With that aim, CMS launched... Read more

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