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  • A Parent-To-Parent Campaign To Get Vaccine Rates Up
    Updated at 5:31 p.m. ET In 2017, Kim Nelson had just moved her family back to her hometown in South Carolina. Boxes were still scattered around the apartment, and while her two young daughters played, Nelson scrolled through a newspaper article on her phone. It said religious exemptions for vaccines had jumped nearly 70 percent in recent years in the Greenville area — the part of the state she had just moved to. She remembers yelling to her husband in the other room, "David, you have to get in here! I can't believe this." Up until that point, Nelson hadn't run into mom friends who didn't vaccinate. "It was really eye-opening that this was a big problem," she says. Nelson's dad is a doctor; she had her immunizations, and so did her kids. But this news scared her. She knew that infants were vulnerable — they can't get started on most vaccines until they are 2 months old. And some kids and adults have diseases that make them unable to get vaccines, so they rely on herd immunity. Nelson

  • Palm Beach County State Attorney Explains Success In Reducing Opioid Related Deaths
    Palm Beach County has been the epicenter of the opioid crisis in Florida. But data from the county’s state attorney office shows opioid deaths decreased 41 percent from 2017 to 2018. State Attorney Dave Aronberg say there are three reasons for the decrease: the Sober Homes Task Force , to combat fraudulent sober homes and treatment centers;greater availability of Narcan, the medication used to treat an opioid overdose; and more follow up care programs. Aronberg joined Sundial to talk about the measures the county has taken. Listen to our interview with Palm Beach Countys State Attorney Dave Aronberg. WLRN: Can you put your finger on one thing as the main reason why such a big decline? ARONBERG: Number one, our Sober Homes Task Force, which is run out of the State Attorney's office, has made around 68 arrests since October 2016. I really think the crackdown on rogue sober homes and corrupted drug treatment centers has made a big difference. We're the only county in the country that has

  • Former UN Leader Tours Climate Adaptation Projects In Miami
    Former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he's impressed with Miami's efforts to cope with rising sea levels— and he wishes President Donald Trump were paying attention, too.

  • DeSantis Seeks To Delay Health Insurance Changes
    In a move that could affect tens of thousands of state workers, Gov. Ron DeSantis has proposed putting on hold an overhaul of the program that provides health insurance coverage to employees.

  • Senators Back Drug Database Exemption For Hospice
    In a move aimed at helping hospice providers, a Senate committee Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that would create an exemption to a requirement that physicians check a statewide database before ordering opioids for patients.

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