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University of Michigan Medical School

A Reno doctor and eight others were indicted for an alleged drug ring this week involving the illicit sale of prescription painkillers like oxycodone. The situation has been sparking concerns across the region, but addiction is not a new battle for any community.

Community Members Unite Amidst Rising Drug Concerns

May 13, 2016
Marcus Lavergne

The indictment of Reno doctor Robert Rand and eight others on drug related charges spurred community members to discuss rising concerns regarding opioid use. Reno Public Radio’s Marcus Lavergne has more:

With Rand’s Family Medicine Practice and reputation under fire, his former patients are having to go elsewhere. Northern Nevada is facing a doctor shortage, so medical professionals, law enforcement and others talked about ways to get those people help.

Rachelle Pellissier directs Reno's Crisis Call Center. She said finding new primary care doctors is difficult.

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More children in rural Nevada will have access to healthy foods this summer when school is out of session. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman explains why.

Sacramento County Health and Human Services

In the last month, there have been more than 50 opioid overdoses in Sacramento and Yolo Counties, including 13 deaths, according to the Sacramento Bee. They’re all tied to counterfeit prescription pills sold on the street that contain a powerful drug called fentanyl.

REMSA

In Washoe County, 911 calls and transports to care facilities, like the emergency room, usually peak in the summer during special events. But for some reason, there was a surge of requests for help on Monday, April 4 and emergency responders made more medical transports in one day than ever before. It seemed like a fluke at first, but then it happened again on April 7 with even more transports in one day, 178 to be exact.

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Last year, motor vehicle deaths were up 8 percent nationwide. The National Safety Council estimates that 38,300 people died on U.S. roads and 4.4 million were injured. In Nevada, roadway deaths were up 14 percent in 2015 compared to the year before.

Deborah Hersman is president of the council. She told our partner KNPR in Las Vegas that there’s no single theory on why deaths have gone up, but the strongest correlation may be with the economy.

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A recent Reno Gazette-Journal investigation revealed that 23 of Nevada’s public water systems are non-compliant for safety standards, including three in Washoe County.

Northern Nevada HOPES provides healthcare to people regardless of their ability to pay. The center recently opened its doors to a new facility in downtown Reno. Our reporter Anh Gray sits down with the center's CEO Sharon Chamberlain to learn more about the healthcare barriers that exist in the community.

  

Washoe County commissioners voted unanimously today to ban vaping inside county properties. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports.

A policy was implemented 13 years ago, which prohibited smoking cigarettes on county property.  But with the popularity of vaping products like e-cigarettes, the county is updating that policy.

Kevin Dick with Washoe’s health district says there are no federal or state regulations right now.

California College of Ayurveda

The popularity of ayurvedic medicine is growing in the U.S., but there isn't a formal system yet to license practitioners. To learn more, our contributor Luiza Vieira talked to Marc Halpern in Nevada City, who is at the forefront of this movement.

Ayurveda originated in India approximately 5,000 years ago.  It uses a combination of natural medicines, foods, colors, sounds and touch to help patients.

Marc Halpern is the president of the California College of Ayurveda in Nevada City. The school also runs a community clinic.

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