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News stories from the past 60 days.

California Orders Opioid Overdose Antidote Naloxone Available Without Prescription
Jun 8, 2018 - The California Department of Public Health issued a statewide standing order for naloxone, allowing organizations that work to reduce or manage drug addiction to distribute the opioid overdose-reversing medication to patients and members of the community without a prescription from an individual doctor. This is seen as especially helpful in rural areas, where it can be difficult to find a doctor to write a standing order due to shortages as well as addiction medicine being outside of many primary care physicians' areas of expertise.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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USDA Announces $309 Million Investment in Rural Electric Utilities
Jun 7, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $309 million in 16 projects that will build or improve on electric line serving rural homes, farms, and businesses in 12 states. These loans are being made through the USDA's Electric Infrastructure Loan and Loan Guarantee program.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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As California’s Largest Lake Dries up, It Threatens Nearby Communities with Clouds of Toxic Dust
Jun 6, 2018 - Details the health and environmental impacts related to California's Salton Sea drying up. As more and more of the sea floor is exposed and dries out, most dust is blown up into the air. Thick with years of agricultural run-off, this dust has contributed to this rural area having some of the highest rates of asthma in the country.
Source: The Verge
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Last Updated: 6/11/2018