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Welcome to the Environmental Health News page. We feature general news about environmental health that impact the lives of New Mexicans. Occasionally we will feature news about the exciting innovations in Environmental Public Health Tracking and health data and what that means to lives of people in New Mexico.

Oakland, CA - Our Environmental Public Health Tracking partners in California and the Public Health Institute completed a study recently published in Pediatrics which indicates that lead reporting may be capturing just 2 out of every 3 children poisoned by lead. Childhood lead poisoning has often been viewed as a problem confined to the Northeast and Midwest, but results of the study indicate that lead poisoning impacts children in all regions of the United States. Interactive maps showing detailed findings and estimates of lead poisoning rates for local areas are available on

The EPA convened the Wildfire Smoke and Health Risk Communication Workshop with the goal to identify opportunities for research and technological solutions that will improve health-risk communication strategies, increase health-protective behaviors, and reduce the public-health burden during wildland fire smoke episodes. NM EPHT participated in this effort and continues to contribute to the national conversation. A report highlighting the findings of the multi-entity and multi-expertise project is here:

It is a good health and organization habit to regularly clean out your medicine cabinet. When you do, immediately take these to a drop off collection site. For both health and environment protections reasons, it is important the pills or liquids do not get flushed, poured down drains, or thrown into lakes, ponds or rivers. Safely disposing of prescriptions and pills helps support the national effort to:

  • Remove opioids and other medicines from homes so they will not be abused or stolen.
  • Helps protect water sources including the groundwater and surface water we use for drinking.

Ways you can safely dispose of pills and prescriptions:

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Content updated: Thu, 4 Jun 2020 16:26:04 MDT