Stories tagged with: Dr. Vicki Whitacre

April 6, 2016 - 3:34pm
12 weeks 23 hours ago

Muskingum County has seen a spike in suicide-related deaths so far this year.

Seven suicides have occurred since January, which is double the usual rate. The Suicide Prevention Coalition is working to try to prevent and reduce the stigma surrounding suicide. On April 28, the coalition will host its annual Suicide Awareness Banquet to bring attention to this growing issue.

"We usually have around 100 people in attendance, and we would like to increase that number, we want to...

February 16, 2016 - 5:30pm
19 weeks 1 day ago

 Tuesday morning’s snowfall has quite a lot of people out shoveling snow.

We visited the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department to talk to Dr. Vicki Whitacre about some of the health related issues that can be caused from the heavy snow lifting.

“Shoveling snow right now with this last snowfall we had is really going to be hard on people because it’s wet and very heavy. So you need to take little shovel loads at a time rather than a full scoop,...

January 12, 2016 - 4:22pm
24 weeks 1 day ago

With winter temperatures dropping significantly below normal, staying warm and safe can be a challenge.

On Monday, January 4, 2016, we visited the Zanesville-Muskingum County Public Health Department to talk to Dr. Vicki Whitacre about the first signs of frostbite and how to avoid it.

“Frostbite starts with things turning red on your skin. Your skin becomes very red and it will feel painful. If you felt like your cheeks were feeling painful and then all of a sudden they...

November 4, 2015 - 6:02pm
34 weeks 8 hours ago

Ohio reported 514 Fentanyl related fatal overdoses in 2014. That's a major increase from the 92 reported in 2013.

Ohio also reported more Fentanyl related seizure incidents than any other state in the US. With the increase in deaths and seizures in Ohio as well as several other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Drug Enforcement Administration are working to prepare health departments, first-responders, and medical examiners to detect the signs of Fentanyl use...

October 28, 2015 - 4:59pm
35 weeks 22 hours ago

The end of Daylight Saving Time is just a few days away, mornings will get lighter and evenings will get darker, but the time change isn't always an easy transition for our bodies.

Setting your clock back one hour, means gaining one hour of sleep, but that extra hour in bed can have adverse affects on our health. Medical Director at the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department, Dr. Vicki Whitacre, said shifting to standard daylight time will mostly affect our 24-hour natural cycle...

September 30, 2015 - 4:54pm
39 weeks 23 hours ago

As summer gives way to fall and beyond, the season of sickness is upon us.

Some may be experiencing allergies that can lead to head congestion and coughing but Medical Director Dr. Vicki Whitacre at the Zanesville Muskingum County Health Department said if you do feel a cold coming on, there are simple measures to keeping the sickness to yourself.

"To be careful, be sure to remember to wash you hands because flu season's definitely coming and we want to prevent that as much...

August 27, 2015 - 4:55pm
43 weeks 6 days ago

This year the fair brought games, fun and entertainment, with just one downfall.

The Zanesville-Muskingum County Health department has seen a spike in viral-related illness since fair week, but Medical Director, Dr. Vicki Whitacre said it's not uncommon to see.

"We've noticed since the fair's been over with, or the third week of August there's been an increase in adults with cough, cold and congestion problems," Whitacre said. "When you're in crowds, people have...

August 20, 2015 - 3:42pm
44 weeks 6 days ago

Parents and teachers have a new concern with the first day of school being right around the corner- a new super-resistant strain of lice has spread to over half of the country.

Large numbers of lice populations have evolved in a manner allowing them to be resistant to the active ingredient in over-the-counter treatments. One hundred and nine samples from 30 different states carried these gene mutations and Ohio was on that list. As for known cases here in Muskingum County, Medical...

August 10, 2015 - 5:05pm
46 weeks 2 days ago

So far in 2015, there have been six drug overdose deaths in Muskingum County.  

Now, for the second time since June, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health department and Muskingum Behavioral Health will teach up to a dozen people how to use a nasal spray to counter a drug overdose.  However, Steve Carrel, executive director of Muskingum Behavioral Health, said Naloxone shouldn't be a replacement for calling 911 in the event of an overdose. 

"If you have a...

June 11, 2015 - 5:09pm
1 year 2 weeks ago

Already this year, there have been two drug overdose deaths in Muskingum County. 

In 2013 there were ten across the county and 2,110 in the state of Ohio. Now, on June 18, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Health Department and Muskingum Behavioral Health are offering Project D.A.W.N. to lower these numbers.

D.A.W.N. stands for Deaths Avoided With Naloxone. Dr. Vicki Whitacre said participants will learn how to administer Naloxone, which is a drug that will counter the affects...

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