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Come join us for the St. Francois County Community
Health Initiative Meeting January 25th from 6:00 – 7:00 pm in
the North College Center at Mineral Area College
For more information call Jessica at (573)431-1947 ext. 125

St. Francois County Health Center recently had a Community Health
and Wellness Initiative meeting to discuss utilizing our communities strengths and well as risk factors, behaviors and environmental influences in our community.

St. Francois County was ranked 101 out of 114 counties in the state of Missouri in the most recent 2015 Community Health Rankings. The rankings are based on socioeconomic factors, health behaviors, and the physical environment in the county.  We are looking to form a community health initiative with a prevention-driven approach.

We would like to invite you to join us as we develop a community health and wellness program for the county and are currently seeking local partners from the community and faith based organizations, businesses, public agencies and local community members including youth partners who would like to create and provide input for this initiative.  We want the vision of individuals who have an interest in making a positive impact on health outcomes to drive
this change.

Please contact Jessica at (573)431-1947 ext. 125 for further details on upcoming meetings that will be held in the near future.  Your assistance is needed and much welcomed.

Living Well With Chronic Conditions Workshop

This 6 week program was developed by Stanford University and is free.  It is designed to assist you in developing a self-management program to fit your needs.  It is for people living with Arthritis, Asthma, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Heart Disease, Diabetes, COPD, Emphysema and several other chronic conditions.

Please call Jessica at 573-431-1947 ext. 125 to register

Topics Include:
Managing symptoms, stress, and fatigue
Role of nutrition and exercise in disease management
Dealing with difficult emotions
Effective problem solving
Forming a partnership with your health care team and more. .

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You CAN Quit!
Studies show that people who participate in the Freedom From Smoking® classes experience immediate health benefits Benefits of the Freedom From Smoking® classes include:

• Reduced long –term smoking related illnesses
• Reduced disability and associated costs
• Decreased absenteeism from work
• Better understanding of the physical, mental and social aspects of the addiction

Proven Results!
Individuals who complete the program are six times more likely to be smoke free one year later than those who quit on their own. When used in combination with smoking cessation medication, up to 60% of participants report quitting smoking by the end of the program.
Call now to register for an upcoming class or receive more information about smoking cessation.
Phone: 573-431-1947 ext 125 ask for Jessica

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On-Site Waste Treatment Systems Training
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Environmental Health click

Measles – Are you protected?

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It spreads through the air through coughing and sneezing. Measles start with a fever, runny nose, cough, red eyes, and sore throat, and is followed by a rash that usually starts first on the face and then spreading downward to the rest of the body.

According to the CDC, from January 1 to January 30, 2015, 102 people from 14 states were reported to have measles. Most of these cases are part of a large, ongoing outbreak linked to an
amusement park in the state of California.
         Vaccination is the most important strategy to prevent measles

Two doses of measles-containing vaccine (MMR vaccine) are more than 99 percent effective in preventing measles. Measles vaccines have been available in the United States since 1963, and two doses have been recommended since 1989. If you are unsure of your vaccination status, check with your doctor to have a test to check for measles immunity or to receive the vaccination.

The St. Francois County Health Center has a walk-in shot clinic every Monday from 1-3pm.

For more information about measles please visit the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website here.

For information regarding the immunization clinic at St. Francois County Health Center (SFCHC) please visit our website SFCHC.ORG.

Marijuana . . . . .  Do you know the facts??

The St. Francois County Community Partnership (SFCCP) is launching a parent marijuana education program to discuss and inform parents of the negative and harmful effects that marijuana use has on children and young adults.  The purpose of this program is to educate parents and children/young adults on the negative and harmful effects of marijuana use.

Click here for further information.


This data is for informational purposes only

Risky Behaviors
   Marijuana use compromises judgment, which can lead to engaging in risky behaviors and experiencing their negative consequences.
   Marijuana can seriously affect a person’s sense of time and coordination, raising the risk of injury or death from car crashes or other accidents.  These effects can last up to 24 hours after marijuana use.
   In 2005, nearly 242,200 people were admitted to emergency rooms suffering from marijuana-related problems.
   Research has demonstrated that young people who use marijuana are more likely to use other illegal drugs.  For example, the risk of using cocaine is much greater for those who have tried marijuana than for those who have never used.

Effects on Mental Health
   Research has demonstrated that kids age 12 to 17 who use marijuana weekly are three times more likely than nonusers to have suicidal thoughts.
   In addition to psychosis, chronic marijuana use has been associated with an array of psychological effects, including depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and personality disturbances. One of the most frequently cited is an “amotivational syndrome,” which describes a diminished or lost drive to engage in formerly rewarding

Effects on the Adolescent Brain
   Marijuana impairs the brains’ effectiveness, ability to concentrate, coordination and ability to retain information by changing the way sensory information reaches and is processed by the brain.
   Compared to the nonsmoking peers, students who smoke marijuana tend to get lower grades and are more likely to drop out of high school.  Students who use marijuana before the age of 15 are three times more likely to have left school by the age of 16.

Marijuana is Addictive
  Current research has demonstrated the earlier marijuana use begins, the more likely the user will become dependent on it or other types of drugs later in life.
   Regular marijuana users have a 40% chance of becoming addicted (2 of every 5 regular users).
   In 2006, nearly 290,000 people entered dug treatment programs to kick their marijuana habit.

What Parents Should Look For
   Marijuana is usually smoked using cigarette rolling papers, a purchased water bong, or a makeshift bong that can be made from a variety of items.  Hash can be smoked or eaten, and is sometimes cooked into baked goods.
   Signs and symptoms of marijuana use include:  dilated pupils and bloodshot eyes, cigarette rolling papers, seeds that have been cleaned from marijuana, smell on clothing, room, or car, or air fresheners disguising smell, sleepy appearance, reduced motivation, pipes, bongs or homemade devices, or sticky residue from burned marijuana.

Marijuana Facts for Youth

Effects on the Brain and Development
  If marijuana use starts in adolescence, the chances of addiction are 1 in 6.
  The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s December 2012 Marijuana Drug Fact Information states: Research has shown that, in chronic users, marijuana’s adverse impact on learning and memory persists after the acute effects of the drug wear off; when marijuana use begins in adolescence, the effects may persist for many years. Research from different areas is converging on the fact that regular marijuana use by young people can have long-lasting negative impact on the structure and function of their brains.
  Science confirms that the adolescent brain, particularly the part of the brain that regulates the planning complex cognitive behavior, personality expression, decision-making and social behavior, is not fully developed until the early to mid-20s. Developing brains are especially susceptible to all of the negative effects of marijuana and other drug use.
   One of the most well designed studies on marijuana and intelligence, released in 2012, found that persistent,
heavy use of marijuana by adolescents reduces IQ by as much as eight points, when tested well into adulthood

Effects on School Performance
        According to data on marijuana use in youth from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2006), teens whose grades averaged “D” were four times more likely to have smoked marijuana in the past year than students whose grades averaged “A”.
   Other studies have found that marijuana use is linked with dropping out of school, and subsequent unemployment, social welfare dependence, and a lower self-reported quality of life than non-marijuana abusing people.
   According to May 2013 Missouri State Epidemiological Profile, 6.0% of all Missourians 12 and older reported using marijuana in the past month. This is a number that has remained relatively steady over the past few years and is slightly below the national average (6.9%).
   In Colorado prior to legalization (2011), 10.72% of youth were current marijuana users, compared to 7.64% nationally.
   In Colorado Springs in 2012, positive tests for marijuana made up 57% of total drug screenings of high school students, compared to 33% in 2007.
   “If Denver Public High Schools were considered a state, that state would have the highest past month marijuana use rate in the United States, behind New Hampshire. Denver now has more marijuana dispensaries than liquor stores or licensed pharmacies.” – Dr. Christian Thurstone, Denver Health Medical Center.


Increased Learning Deficits
         A recent study in 2012 found that those who used cannabis heavily in their teens and continued through adulthood showed a permanent drop in IQ of 8 points.
   Marijuana continues to negatively affect attention span, memory, learning, and intelligence after the intoxicating effects of the drug have subsided.
   Youth who are persistent cannabis users had significantly more memory and attention problems; easily getting distracted, misplacing things, forgetting to keep appointments, or returning calls.
   Youth with an average grade of D or below were more than four times as likely to have used marijuana in the past year than youth with an average grade of A.
   Because marijuana use affects brain development, it is consistently associated with poorer academic grades and a reduced likelihood of graduating from school.

Impact on Youth Health and Mental Health
  Marijuana use can worsen depression and lead to more serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, anxiety,
and even suicide. Marijuana use during adolescence is directly linked to the onset of major mental illness,
including psychosis, schizophrenia, depression, and anxiety.
   A person’s risk of a heart attack is increased four-fold during the first hour after smoking marijuana.
   Youth marijuana use rates in Adams County Colorado increased from 19% in 2010 to 29% in 2012.

Impact on Dropout Rates
   Compared with their nonsmoking peers, students who smoke marijuana are more likely to have lower grades and to drop out of high school.

Marijuana Facts for The Faith Community

Most Missourians stay away from marijuana
   Most Missouri adults and youth stay away from marijuana. Over 91% of Missouri youth in grades 6-12
report no use of marijuana in the last 30 days and over 94% of Missourians over 18 report no current use

Legalization of marijuana in other states has led to increased negative consequences
    Following legalization of recreation marijuana use in Colorado current users increased from 18.7% to 27.3% for the 18 to 25 year-old group.
   Since “medical marijuana” was legalized in California, the Los Angeles Police have reported a 52% rise in burglaries and a 57% increase in assaults. Police in Denver, Colorado report a 75% rise in burglaries since legalization.

Marijuana use is strongly associated with impaired driver crashes
   Marijuana is the most common illegal drug detected in impaired drivers, fatally injured drivers, and motor vehicle crash victims.

Marijuana use affects futures
    Heavy marijuana abusers self-report that their use had negative effects on their cognitive abilities, career status, social life, and physical and mental health.
     A National Institute on Drug Abuse study found that youth who start marijuana use by age 13 usually do not go to college, while those abstaining from marijuana use, on average, complete almost three years of college. In addition, those who begin using marijuana by age 13 are more likely to report lower income and lower levels of schooling by age 29.
    Marijuana use is linked with dropping out of school, unemployment, and social welfare dependence.

Users can become addicted to marijuana
   According to the National Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment Services (SAMHSA), each year, more teens enter treatment with a primary diagnosis of marijuana dependence than for all other illicit drugs combined.
Over 8800 Missourians entering publicly supported drug treatment in 2012 reported marijuana as their primary addiction.

As young people’s perceived risk of marijuana decreases with public discussion over legalization, youth marijuana use increases
Marijuana use is associated with increased depression, suicidal ideation, use of other substances and risky behavior among adolescents.
     Youth who first smoke marijuana under the age of 14 are more than five times as likely to abuse drugs as adults.
Marijuana use effects are much more detrimental and long-lasting among youth, disrupting the brain function critical to motivation, memory, learning, judgment, and behavior control.

Marijuana Facts For Law Enforcement 

Increased Safety Costs
           Marijuana is the most prevalent illegal drug detected in impaired drivers, fatally injured drivers, and motor vehicle crash victims.
     Marijuana impairs motor coordination and reaction time and is the second most prevalent drug (after alcohol) implicated in automobile accidents.
     In the five years following the establishment of the California Medical Marijuana Program (Jan. 2004), there were 1240 fatalities in fatal car crashes involving marijuana, compared to 631 for the five years prior, for an increase of almost 100%.
     In 2008 there were 8 counties where more than 16% of the drivers in fatal car crashes tested positive for marijuana. Five of the 8 counties had rates over 20%.
         More people are driving on weekend nights under the influence of marijuana (8.3) than alcohol (2.2%).
     In the first six months that marijuana became legal in state of Washington:
– 745 drivers stopped by police tested positive for the drug’s psychoactive ingredient, THC, in their blood. 

              – Over half of those were over the state’s new legal limit of 5 nanograms of THC per milliliter of blood.
– By contrast, in each of the last two full years, about 1,000 drivers who were pulled over tested positive for THC. The increase comes despite the fact that recreational-use pot stores will not open in Washington State until next year.

Increase in Crime
Since medical marijuana was approved in California, the Los Angeles Police Dept. reported that areas surrounding cannabis clubs had:
–  200% increase in robberies   

              –  52% rise in burglaries
–  57% increase in aggravated assaults
–  131% increase in auto burglaries near dispensaries

Legalization would not ease the burden on law enforcement. According to ASAM “Nationally, there are an estimated 2.7 million alcohol-related arrests each year compared to 750,000 annual marijuana possession arrests. If marijuana use increased, as can be expected under legalization, it is likely that there would be an increase in the number of arrests at the state level for marijuana-related incidents such as public use violations, violations in laws regulating age limits, and marijuana-related arrests for driving under the influence (DUI).”

Marijuana Facts For Medical Professionals 

Medical Association Views
The American Society of Addiction Medicine states that “Marijuana use is associated with adverse health consequences, including damage to specific organs and tissues and impairments in behavioral and neurological functioning”. It recommends:
–  That physicians lead efforts to oppose legislative or ballot initiatives that would result in the legalization of 
marijuana production, distribution, marketing, possession and use by the general public.
–  That public education campaigns be undertaken to inform the public that addiction associated with cannabinoids is a significant public health threat, and that marijuana is not a safe product to use, especially, but not only, by smoking.
–  That the potential for the development of addiction and for the development and progression of psychotic conditions are enhanced when high-potency marijuana products are used by adolescents because of the unique vulnerability of the adolescent brain.

There is currently no scientific evidence to support the use of marijuana as an effective treatment for any psychiatric illness, and studies have shown that cannabis use may in fact exacerbate or hasten the onset of psychiatric illnesses.2 According to Addiction Biology, “Emerging evidence from human studies and animal research demonstrates that an early onset of cannabis consumption might have lasting consequences on cognition, might increase the risk for neuropsychiatric disorders, promote further illegal drug intake and increase the likelihood of cannabis dependence”.

Evidence from Colorado
   Marijuana-related exposure cases by age groups in 2006 – 2008 compared to 2009 – 2011 increased: 0 – 5 yrs = 200 percent increase, 6 – 12 yrs = 60 percent increase, 13 – 14 yrs = 92 percent increase, and ages 15 – 18 = 7 percent increase.
In 2009, Colorado experienced an explosion to over 20,000 new medical marijuana patient applications. By the end of 2009, new patient applications jumped from around 6,000 for the first seven years to an additional 38,000 in just one year. Actual cardholders went from 4,800 in 2008 to 41,000 in 2009. By mid-2010, there were over 900 marijuana dispensaries identified by law enforcement.

Impaired Driving Information
   In 2006, drivers testing positive for marijuana were involved in 28 percent of fatal vehicle crashes involving drugs. By 2011 that number had increased to 56 percent.

    For more information on drug and alcohol abuse click on the links below

The Gift of Life….Blood! 

For more information on giving blood, call 1-800-GIVELIFE

 To learn more about giving blood, click the “I Give” button

Some of the basic things in life are free, but could make
more of a difference than you could ever imagine!

A single blood donation can save up to three lives!

 Every 2 seconds, someone in the US need blood _ you; son; daughter; relative; friend
1 in 10 people entering the hospital need blood
The average transfusion uses 3-4 pints of blood

 A newborn baby has about one cup of blood in its body
The average adult body contains 10-12 pints of blood
A person can donate blood 5-6 times a year – the average donation/ year/person  = 1.4 times

 97% of us will need blood sometime in our life – only 5% of medically eligible people donate blood

St. Francois County Heart Walk 


               The Heart Walk is a national event focusing attention on exercise as an important part of a heart-healthy lifestyle while raising money for America’s No. 1 and No. 3 causes of death, heart disease and stroke.

Below are local contacts that you may call with questions about the 2015 heart walk.

WHO:      Corporate teams and individuals are welcome to attend this community event.
For more information, please visit this website 
or contact the 2014 St. Francois County Walk to Tackle Heart Disease Co-Chairs: 

Name/Organization: Telephone Number: Email:
Ursula Kthiri, Co-Chair
Parkland BJC
573-701-5380 ujk2192@bjc.org
Chris Westrich, Co-Chair
Mineral Area Regional
573-756-4581 / 573-701-7230 Christie.Westrich@capellahealth.com
Julie Hederman 314-488-1725 Julie.Hedermanderman@heart.org
Barb Reyering 314-496-4681 barb.reyering@heart.org

HOW:     Local businesses and individuals can get involved in the St. Francois County
 Heart Walk through corporate sponsorship, joining or starting a walk team and by volunteering at the event.

WHY:      Cardiovascular diseases, including stroke, are the leading cause of death in Missouri-and
the source of 34.7% of the deaths in St. Francois County in 2009.  The mission of the
American Heart Association is to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

         Many organizations in addition to their sponsorship also form a Walk Team.  Participate in the pre-game
“Laps for Loved Ones” and walk the track at the football field in honor of a survivor or memory of a loved one.
Walking will begin at 6:00pm before the “Tackle Heart Disease” Football Game at 7 pm where both teams
will show their support of this life saving mission.

Families in every Missouri community benefit from research we have funded nationwide that has led to many lifesaving discoveries, including CPR, pacemakers, bypass surgery, artificial heart valves, microsurgery and life-extending drugs. . . but many medical challenges remain.
For more information click on this link:


News From The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services


St. Francois County Health Center is frequently updated by the Center for
Disease Control and Prevention of evolving changes that pertain to this virus.

The signs and symptoms of this virus can mimic the same signs of flu.  Typically signs and symptoms start between two days and three weeks after contracting the virus as a fever, sore throat, muscle pain, and headaches. Then, vomiting followed by diarrhea and rash along with decreased function of the liver and kidneys.

This virus is spread by direct contact with body fluids, such as blood, of an infected human or other animals, and upon contact with a recently contaminated item or surface. Spread of the disease through the air between primates, including humans, has not been documented in either laboratory or natural conditions.  Semen or breast milk of a person with EVD after recovery may still carry the virus for several weeks to months.

For more information on Ebola please visit the following website from the
Center of Disease Control and Prevention which has current and up to date information regarding this virus.


The Grinch has nothing on the person who arrives at the holiday festivities with the flu and gives it to everybody else. If people remember nothing else they got for Christmas, they’ll remember that.
With everybody traveling, partying and getting the family together, conditions are excellent to spread the virus. Dr. Kozarsky also says the best flu prevention is the flu vaccination. But she says washing your hands a lot can control viral spread. So can covering your mouth with a tissue – or your arm – when you sneeze.
At the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Phyllis Kozarsky said: “If you get sick, stay home as much as possible except to get medical care, if needed. One sick relative at a family gathering can pass the flu to the rest of the family.’’ (10 seconds is all it takes)

Learn more at hhs.gov. [Health & Human Services]

From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS Health Beat

Who needs this . . .period!

Dude, Wash Your Hands!
Health officials emphasized that the public can help limit the spread of influenza.

   *People should*

Wash their hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze.
Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective

Cover the nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing
Throw the tissue in the trash after using it.

Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth

Avoid close contact with sick people

Stay home from work or school if you come down with the flu and limiting
your contact with others to keep from infecting them.

Contact Department of Health and Senior Services, 573-751-6062
Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
P.O. Box 570, Jefferson City, Mo. 65102

– Washing your hands with soap and water
is considered more effective
than the use of alcohol-based hand cleaners alone. –

K2 Synthetic Marijuana Use Among Teenagers and Young Adults in Missouri

Health care providers should be aware of serious signs and symptoms reported among some users of “K2” synthetic marijuana product, which is legal and readily obtainable in Missouri. Providers should note that use of this substance, alone or in combination with other substances, may cause symptoms including anxiety coupled with agitation, tachycardia, elevated blood pressure, pallor, vomiting, tremors, hallucinations, and possibly seizures. Clinical consultation is available from the Missouri Regional Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 (24/7).

“K2” – also known as “K2 Spice”, “Spice”, “K2 Summit”, “Genie”, “Zohai”, and various other names – is an unregulated mixture of dried herbs that are sprayed with a synthetic cannabinoid-like substance (likely a compound designated “JWH018”). “K2” is sold as incense.

“K2” is currently legal in Missouri, although some communities have banned its sale, and it is readily available for purchase from gas stations, smoke shops and other retailers in many parts of the state. The product is also widely available on the Internet.

Since February 8, 2010, the Missouri Regional Poison Center has received questions from numerous emergency department (ED) physicians in Missouri regarding management of patients who had adverse reactions after smoking “K2.”

Patients were 14 to 21 years of age. Some calls were also received from the public regarding exposure to this substance.

Apparent “K2”-related ED visits reported via the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services’ ESSENCE system since December 8, 2009, included many of those which had prompted calls by health care providers to the Poison Center. Additional ED visits with similar complaints that had not resulted in calls to the Poison Center were also identified by ESSENCE. From December 8, 2009, through February 25, 2010, 10 ED visits that could have been K2-associated were detected. Patients identified thus far have ranged in age from 16 to 27 years, and nine were non-Hispanic white males. One patient was a female of unknown race.

It is important to note that among 10 ED visits detected in ESSENCE, only three mentioned “K2” as their admission reason or chief complaint. This suggests that although “K2” is legal in Missouri, patients may not be forthcoming about its use when seeking health care, a finding consistent with provider reports in other states, including New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Michigan. 


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