Optometry services at W.W. Hastings Hospital annex building temporarily shifting to Northeastern State University while new medical school is built.
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The Curbing Obesity program will offer cooking classes and distribute healthy food options in Muskogee and Adair counties.
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Dr. Charles Grim steps down to lead the Chickasaw Nation’s health program.
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OxyContin pills are arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vermont. A panel of federal judges were expected to decide whether lawsuits filed on behalf of babies born to opioid-addicted mothers should be separated from a larger federal case. Lawyers representing the babies and their guardians say babies have been harmed directly by the opioid industry, unlike local governments, hospitals and other entities. TOBY TALBOT/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Babies, unlike governments or businesses, have been directly harmed by the actions of drugmakers and are entitled to their own payments, attorneys say.
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The tribe’s Vinita Health Center has 175 clients who participate in the Women, Infants and Children program.
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A limited supply of medical marijuana flower in Oklahoma means some patients are paying premium prices and businesses are running out of products. COURTESY
Many licensed medical marijuana businesses in the state won’t be selling buds before December, when widespread harvests are expected to be complete.
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W.W. Hastings Hospital has until Dec. 22 to show compliance or its accreditation with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services could be terminated.
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A child receives a vaccine at the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic in this 2017 photo. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more Oklahoma parents are seeking vaccination exemptions for their children. COURTESY
The Centers for Disease Control says 2.1 percent of Oklahoma public school students and 5.6 percent of private school students claimed at least one kind of exemption.
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Taylyr Williams, 27, sits on her bed in Oxford House Elmhurst in Norman, where she has lived since January. Williams is one of only 40 Oxford House residents statewide taking medication prescribed to treat opioid addiction. Her skepticism about Suboxone changed after she saw how much it helped her sister. COURTESY
Katie Guess, 36, (right) raises her hand during a vote taken at a house meeting at Oxford House Boomer in Norman. Oxford Houses require an 80 percent approval from residents to allow new applicants to move in. COURTESY
Oklahoma Watch is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that produces in-depth and investigative journalism on issues facing the state. For more Oklahoma Watch content, go to oklahomawatch.org. COURTESY
Because Oxford Houses are sober-living homes, many residents oppose letting in newcomers who are taking drugs designed to help transition them out of opioid addiction.
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The city of Stilwell has adopted a tobacco-free policy at all city-owned buildings and properties, thanks to help from Cherokee Nation Public Health. COURTESY
It prohibits tobacco use, including e-cigarettes and vaping devices, on all city-owned property and in city vehicles.
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Baker was responsible for incorrectly administering medications and potentially exposing patients to blood borne pathogens.
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