CDPH In The News, February 2018

CDPH in the News

How California plans to track commercial cannabis

from Bakersfield Noq

The California Department of Food and Agriculture, Bureau of Cannabis Control, and the California Department of Public Health offered a workshop Monday in Bakersfield about how commercial marijuana will be tracked. The state is using a track-and-trace system called Metrc. It’s a large database that will be used to record the inventory and movement of cannabis from cultivation to sale. All state cannabis licensees will need to use Metrc to be in compliance with state regulations.

Local company launches device to protect kids from cell phone radiation

from WZZM13

The potential dangers of cell phone use is making headlines these days. A West Michigan company has created a device, it says will block harmful radiation. The company is called Kids Armour. President and CEO, Ross Pope, believes the microchip technology is a must have, especially for parents. “Cell phones collect a signal from a cell tower. The energy that it generates, creates radiation similar to that of radiation from transformers in neighborhoods, that we know cause cancer,” said Pope. “This is the same type of radiation that is affecting your body or children’s bodies.”
It has been debated, for years, whether or not that radiation poses any real health risks. Pope says research suggests it does. Just last month, The California Department of Public Health cautioned people to decrease their exposure to cell phones of possible cancer risks and other health issues.

Fighting SCV’s opioid crisis one step at a time

from The Signal

About 60 people showed up Thursday night to hear about the opioid crisis and, specifically, about “seeking solutions for pain relief.” While they didn’t find the solution Thursday to the national crisis, the panel took steps in that direction simply by talking about it. The opportunity to address both the nationwide opioid epidemic and pain management was afforded by the people who held the workshop, those at the Valencia Public Library who offered a place to meet and those with Quest Toastmasters who sparked the discussion.
The nationwide opioid crisis became a local issue in April 2017, when at least seven people showed up in the emergency room of Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital with overdoses of opiates. The latest statistics released by the California Department of Public Health show a sharp upturn in the number of heroin overdose deaths across the state since 2012.

Cactus Pads With High Pesticide Levels Removed From San Francisco Grocery Store

from NBC Bay Area

Cactus pads imported from Mexico may contain pesticides that pose a health risk to consumers, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) warned Wednesday. Samples of the vegetable, known as nopales, contained high levels of some pesticides that have been banned in the United States for many years.