Washington, DC - As pharma and insurance company behemoths lock horns in a battle over profits, Consumer Reports finds consumers are reeling from the rampant rise in drug prices. Nearly one-third of Americans polled by Consumer Reports said they had experienced a drug price hike in the past year, shelling out a total of $2 billion more for a drug they routinely take.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Clark County's Department of Air Quality (DAQ) extended an advisory for today through Thursday, June 30, for potentially elevated levels of ozone and smoke due to wildfires burning in the Southern California and the local Lovell Canyon fire. Air Quality officials say smoke is made of small dust particles and other pollutants that can aggravate respiratory diseases and contribute to ground-level ozone formation.

Las Vegas, Nevada - With Fourth of July celebrations coming soon, Clark County has partnered with area police, fire and other     public agencies on an outreach effort aimed at reminding residents that only fireworks labeled "safe and sane" are legal for use in Clark County, and only from Tuesday, June 28, through Monday, July 4, when it's legal for authorized vendors to sell them.

Carson City, Nevada - Free HIV testing is available in Carson City, Reno, and Las Vegas. If you need to find a testing center in your local area please refer to https://gettested.cdc.gov. There will be four locations in Nevada offering free HIV testing on Monday, June 27, the National HIV Testing Day.  The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health urges Nevadans to “Start Talking. Stop HIV.” Knowing your status is important, and testing is quick and easy.

Washington, DC - US government agencies and their colorectal cancer prevention partners have set a goal that at least 80% of adults ages 50-75 will be screened for colorectal cancer.  A recently published study conducted by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that the U.S. healthcare system has the capacity to make this goal a reality.

Carson City, Nevada - Governor Brian Sandoval and First Lady Kathleen Sandoval today announced they will host a State Summit on Prescription Drug Abuse in June, 2016. The Summit will provide the opportunity for the First Lady’s Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force and subsequently the Multidisciplinary Prevention Advisory Committee (MPAC) to update the community on existing laws put into place as a result of the 78th Legislative Session and Nevada’s Strategic Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan.

Las Vegas, Nevada - Clark County Department of Air Quality (DAQ) issued an advisory for today through Monday, June 27 for potentially elevated levels of ozone and smoke due to wildfires burning in the Southern California and Arizona. Air Quality officials say smoke is made of small dust particles and other pollutants that can aggravate respiratory diseases and contribute to ground-level ozone formation.

Carson City, Nevada -  On May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) finalized a rule extending its authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco and other electronic nicotine delivery systems.  The main tenet of this rule will allow the FDA to improve public health and protect future generations from the dangers of tobacco by restricting the sale of these product to minors nationwide. Nevada has been a national leader in this effort by already restricting the sale of these tobacco products to anyone under 18. 

Carson City, Nevada - Smokers in Nevada can get free medications gum, patches and lozenges from the Tobacco Prevention and Control Program of the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health between June 20 - July 1, or while supplies last. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Tips From Former Smokers national tobacco education campaign will encourage smokers to call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (800-784-8669) for free help getting medication and quit assistance. In order to take advantage of the free offer, which will run June 20 – July 1, tobacco users must enroll in the Nevada Tobacco Quitline with a trained coach and be medically eligible to receive the free medication.

Washington, DC - American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) release of the final tobacco deeming rule that gives the agency authority to regulate tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, hookah and cigars: