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Naloxone has saved the lives of countless individuals who were experiencing an overdose of opioids. What happens when Narcan doesn’t work on an individual who experiences an overdose? Naloxone is ineffective for individuals who are experiencing an overdose of xylazine, an animal tranquilizer detected in over 90% of drug samples in Philadelphia. Toxicology reports and other exams don’t check for xylazine. Some providers may not know about the drug either. Nonetheless, traces of xylazine are popping up nationwide, and providers must know what to do if they encounter someone who has taken drugs laced with xylazine.

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Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Donating blood is safe, and it is essential for saving lives. Executive Director Lori Arnold-Ellis and Regional Communications Manager Joe Zydlo of the American Red Cross of Arkansas work to spread the word about the critical blood need in Arkansas and nationwide. They encourage health care professionals to start blood drives and educate the public about the benefits of donating blood.

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April is Child Abuse Prevention month. The most common type of maltreatment is neglect. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), including all types of abuse and neglect, have increasingly become a high priority in the health care industry. Individuals with ACEs have been known to develop chronic illnesses later in life. Further research suggests that females with IBS suffer from comorbid mental disorders, including depression and anxiety. Could addressing ACEs help prevent patients from developing IBS, and other anxiety-induced disorders later in life?

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AFMC would like to send our condolences and support to all those affected by the tornado on March 31. We understand that it can be hard to navigate a plethora of resources and support services throughout central Arkansas. To ease the search for resources and relief, we have created a list of local resources in the central Arkansas area you and your loved ones can use to seek shelter, supplies, and support.

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With the Public Health Emergency (PHE) ending in May, there are bound to be some people who no longer think it is essential to continue getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Some experts think the COVID vaccine will become a yearly shot, like the flu shot. AFMC’s Community Health Workers (CHWs) educate Arkansas patients and providers on important vaccination updates and safety protocols. They’re preparing for a changing conversation about vaccination post-PHE. It’s imperative that, no matter what happens, efforts to educate and promote vaccination continue, even for those who are the most adamant about not getting shots.

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On May 11, 2023, the federal public health emergency (PHE) will come to an end. While COVID-19 is still a public health priority, the U.S. is in a much better spot with COVID-19 cases today than we were three years ago. A recent Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) report shows that daily reported COVID-19 cases, deaths, and hospitalizations are all down by at least 80%. These numbers indicate a need to scale back some aspects of the U.S. response to the PHE. With this reduction will come some changes to reimbursement, insurance coverage, and the overall impact of telehealth. Ryan Kelly, Executive Director for the Mississippi Rural Health Association, recently went on AFMC TV to discuss the state of telehealth and how providers can continue to utilize telehealth after the PHE ends in May.

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