Nevada Public Health

Governor Brian Sandoval’s opioid accountability task force met this fall to figure out solutions to the state’s drug crisis. And Nevada lawmakers have been trying to figure out solutions to the epidemic.

Dani Tillman is a substance abuse counselor with The Life Change Center in Sparks. She spent her career helping other people battle addiction, but it became personal several years ago when her daughter, Brittany, was battling an opioid addiction. Tillman recalls the challenges Brittany faced trying to stay clean after relapse prevention treatment.

Using opioids causes the brain to release dopamine and encourage more drug use. Tillman says overcoming addiction is difficult, and can be especially challenging for young people like her daughter.

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Thousands of Nevadans living in rural communities and underserved areas have limited access to healthcare. The remoteness can also make it difficult for primary care providers treating people with opioid-use disorders. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports that teleconferencing could help bridge the gap.

About ten specialists in Reno have gathered to provide mentorship to primary care providers. What’s different here is that those providers are scattered across the state and they’re communicating via teleconference. 

Nevada State Infectious Disease Forecast Station

Disease forecasters rely on statistics to understand health trends or detect disease outbreaks in a community. As Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports some of this information can also help the general public.

Dr. James Wilson heads up the Nevada Center for Infectious Disease Forecasting at the University of Nevada, Reno. His center recently launched a website to make health data more publicly accessible.

We've been hearing a lot about the measles outbreak in California, but there's an even bigger threat to public health in Nevada that's not being talked about.

There have been 79 cases of measles diagnosed in California; 52 of those traced back to the outbreak at Disneyland. That's according to the state's Department of Public Health. But one health official says, although cause for concern, this is not the only disease Nevadans should be worried about.