Prevention

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Idaho has seen a substantial increase in sexually transmitted disease rates in the past year. Gonorrhea rates in the Magic Valley have gone up more than 200%. We look at this trend and efforts to stop the spread of STDs with representatives from the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare and the Central District Health Department.

  • How refugee families are coping with June assault
  • Lessons learned from Dallas bike share failures
  • Reducing child abuse with the Idaho Children's Trust Fund/Prevent Child Abuse Idaho
  • Students compete in Science Olympiad

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As crews struggle to bring Idaho's wildfires under control, federal officials have traced at least five of the fires back to exploding targets used by recreational shooters.  Idaho Matters speaks with BLM officials about the danger of using these targets and other catalysts for wildfires.

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America saw the passing of two cultural icons by suicide and on Monday's Idaho Matters we look at how to start the discussion about suicide and resources to turn to with St. Joseph's counselor Christy Porter.

  • Talking about suicide.
  • Breakthroughs in breast cancer research.
  • Enjoying summer wines.

Idaho Meth Project Expands Focus And Changes Its Name

Mar 18, 2016
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The Idaho Meth Project has been warning about the dangers of methamphetamine through graphic advertising and outreach to teens since 2008. Now, the pet project of Idaho’s governor and first lady - Butch and Lori Otter - has changed its name and its focus.

The re-christened “Idaho Prevention Project” will continue its anti-meth message using the old name, but director Adrean Cavener says it will have a similar campaign called Truth 208 aimed at abuse of legal drugs like prescription opiates .

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The federal government is chipping in another $1.5 million annually over the next five years to help Idaho's efforts to fight substance abuse.

The state Office of Drug Policy announced the total $7.5 million grant on Monday.

Elisha Figueroa, administrator of the Office of Drug Policy, says the cash will help bolster community-level substance abuse prevention strategies and improve Idaho's prevention infrastructure.

Report Says Idaho Doing Comparatively Little To Prevent Cancer

Aug 9, 2012

A new report from the American Cancer Society shows Idaho is doing little to prevent cancer compared to other states. It comes from the organization's advocacy arm, the Cancer Action Network.

 The report titled "How Do you Measure Up" looks at actions state governments take to prevent cancer. Aaron Czyzewski with the Cancer Action Network, says Idaho fares poorly in most of the criteria measured.