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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 http://www.cehtp.org/hiddenlead.

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: https://www.epa.gov/air-research/wildfire-smoke-and-health-risk-communication-workshop-and-report.

Households in Albuquerque have a convenient, safe and environmentally friendly option for disposing pills, thanks to a program sponsored by the City of Albuquerque Police Department. This public health activity supports the efforts of programs in poisoning prevention, behavioral health/substance abuse, and environmental health. Proper disposal protects children and pets from accidental poisonings and helps prevent the misuse and abuse of medications. Did you know that it also prevents contamination of surface, ground, and drinking water?

Locations around the city offer drop-off spots for pills that are doctor-prescribed and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbal supplements, and pet medications. When you are spring cleaning, take time go through medicine cabinets, gather your old, unused, and no longer needed pills but don't flush the pills. Take the pills to one of the drop-off points. Learn more and find a location near you at: https://www.cabq.gov/police/programs/pharmaceuticals#disposal-locations.
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Content updated: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:53:46 MDT