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May is National Mental Health Awareness Month!
The "WhyCare" campaign is a reminder that mental health matters and as a community why everyone should care about the mental health and related wellness needs of all Cass County residents. “Why Care” is a campaign of awareness from the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), embraced and supported by Woodlands. The WhyCare? campaign is an opportunity to share the importance of mental health treatment, support and services to the millions of people, families, caregivers and loved ones affected by mental illness and a challenge to address broken systems and attitudes that present barriers to treatment and recovery. Care has the power to make a life-changing impact on those affected by mental health conditions. Through our own words and actions, we can shift the social and systemic barriers that prevent people from building better lives.
HEPATITIS A Outbreak
Public health officials are continuing to see an elevated number of hepatitis A cases, specifically related to the outbreak that originated in Southeast Michigan. A description of the outbreak in Michigan can be found on the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) website at http://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71550_2955_2976_82305_82310-447907--,00.html. The vast majority of the cases associated with this outbreak have been identified in the City of Detroit and Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties. Additional cases have been identified in Calhoun, Clare, Genesee, Hillsdale, Huron, Ingham, Isabella, Jackson, Lapeer, Livingston, Monroe, Sanilac, St. Clair, and Washtenaw Counties.
This hepatitis A outbreak continues to be a public health threat to vulnerable populations in Michigan. MDHHS and local public health agencies need the entire community to help prevent the spread of this disease. Pease contact or Promary Care Physician or the the Van Buren Cass Ditrict Health Department for information about your risk for Hepatitis A.
The Opioid Summit heldhas been posted to youtube. The entire Opioid Summit has been edited into 6 one hour or less videos. Please feel free to share them with your friends, family and co-workers. The videos can be found on the C.A.S.S. Coalition's Youtube Channel at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFgnnqovnMSZbsV3qz7rqlw
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Residents living in Dowagiac and Edwardsburg now have an easy way to dispose of unused or expired medication within their medicine cabinets — and to ensure they never fall into the wrong hands.
New prescription drug drop boxes will be located at the following locations:
• Dowagiac Police Department, 241 S. Front St., Dowagiac, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
• Family Fare, 56151 M-51, Dowagiac, 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week.
• Pokagon Tribal Health Center, 58620 Sink Road, Dowagiac, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays.
• Edwardsburg Police Department, 26296 E. Main, Edwardsburg, 8:30 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays.
These new boxes will join the existing drug collection box located inside the Cass County Sheriff’s Office in Cassopolis. Similar to how that box functions, any medication collected at these four new spots will be gathered by local police officers and sent to a disposal facility, where they will be safely destroyed. way to dispose of unused or expired medication within their medicine cabinets — and to ensure they never fall into the wrong hands. These new boxes will join the existing drug collection box located inside the Cass County Sheriff’s Office in Cassopolis. Similar to how that box functions, any medication collected at these four new spots will be gathered by local police officers and sent to a disposal facility, where they will be safely destroyed. C.A.S.S.