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Faith serves as foothold in climb out of addiction

Faith serves as foothold in climb out of addiction

At age 16 Christopher Dykes walked away from the church without looking back. As he launched out into independence, he also launched into experimentation with illegal substances. Dykes said that for nearly 17 years he tried to fill the void of loneliness with everything from alcohol to marijuana to cocaine. Read the full article in […]

Court overturns state ban on smokable medical marijuana

Court overturns state ban on smokable medical marijuana

Smoking medical marijuana in the state of Florida is a constitutional right, according to a recent court ruling, but the more than 100,000 patients with chronic and debilitating illnesses in Florida who use marijuana for treatment are not safe to light up just yet. Just one hour after Leon County Circuit Judge Karen Gievers handed […]

Sheriff’s office to receive Narcan to fight overdose

Sheriff’s office to receive Narcan to fight overdose

Overdoses on opioids in Santa Rosa County are on the rise year over year, and nationwide deaths from opioid overdose in the U.S. have risen 22 percent according to Santa Rosa Sheriff Bob Johnson. Johnson gave an update on the opioid crisis in Santa Rosa County Tuesday during the monthly meeting of the Santa Rosa […]

Santa Rosa schools receive health Gold award

Santa Rosa schools receive health Gold award

For the sixth year Santa Rosa School District has been given gold for health. The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County recognized the School District of Santa Rosa for receiving the 2016-2018 Florida Healthy School District award. Read the full article in the Mar. 1 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Flu cases on the rise in Santa Rosa

Flu cases on the rise in Santa Rosa

With an increase in cases of influenza-like illnesses (ILI) in our area, the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County (DOH-Santa Rosa) encourages everyone to protect themselves and their families from the flu by getting vaccinated. According to reports from the Emergency Department at Santa Rosa Medical Center, 2.8 percent of the emergency department […]

County’s school program focuses on abstinence

County’s school program focuses on abstinence

When it comes to teaching the birds and the bees, the Santa Rosa County School District outsources the task. The district has entrusted the Pregnancy Resource Center of Milton to handle teaching students about sex, healthy relationships and sexually transmitted diseases. Director of Student Services Sherry Smith said it is not uncommon to bring in […]

Emergency officials keep Cold War vigilance

Emergency officials keep Cold War vigilance

Although a nuclear attack on our area is far less likely than such natural catastrophes as hurricanes, Daniel Hahn has a plan to take cover in his house and use a large couch as a shield from gamma rays. “I know my home. I know exactly what I would do in case of a hurricane, […]

City council high on self

City council high on self

In November 2016, 70 percent of Floridian voters amended the state’s constitution to expand medical marijuana use for thousands of patients. Milton, Niceville and Crestview have decided to ignore these constituents by placing bans on medical marijuana dispensaries. Despite even higher levels of support – 79 percent – within their constituency, Gulf Breeze’s city council […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 2

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 2

JUDGE: PULSE GUNMAN’S WIFE WILL GET MENTAL HEALTH EVALUATION The federal judge in Noor Salman’s case said Tuesday that she can be evaluated by a psychologist or psychiatrist picked by prosecutors since her defense attorneys plan to introduce evidence related to her mental health. Salman has pleaded not guilty to obstructing the investigation and aiding […]

Rabies alert issued for Navarre

Rabies alert issued for Navarre

The Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County reminds residents that a rabies alert is currently in effect for the Navarre area after another report of possible rabies in a kitten.  The kitten died after developing neurological symptoms; however, rabies could not be confirmed because the brain was not suitable for testing.  As a […]

Santa Rosa County hits lucky number 7

Santa Rosa County hits lucky number 7

Santa Rosa County ranked number 7 out of 67 counties in Florida when it comes to health, according to a study conducted by the University of Wisconsin. The study looked at policies, programs and other factors to predict health outcomes, and thereby rank counties throughout the country. So what made Santa Rosa rank so high? […]

Funds lacking to convert south county septic tanks

Funds lacking to convert south county septic tanks

The goal of converting the thousands of residential septic tanks in south Santa Rosa to more environmentally friendly sewer systems is widely embraced by elected officials, water utilities directors and the Florida Department of Health. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as […]

Getting medical marijuana no easy task

Getting medical marijuana no easy task

After more than 70 percent of Florida’s voters approved an amendment to the state’s constitution broadening allowable use of medical marijuana, law makers at the state and local level were scrambling to put regulations in place and sort out fact from fiction as Amendment 2 went into effect Jan. 3. As the Florida Senate Health […]

Gulf Breeze delays medical marijuana sales

Gulf Breeze delays medical marijuana sales

Although medical marijuana sales are supposed to be available in more Florida venues starting this week, the City of Gulf Breeze has enacted a moratorium of up to one year on dispensing and treatment centers within its borders. Acknowledging that 71 percent of state voters approved an amendment to the Florida Constitution in November that legalizes […]

Department of Health to offer shots by appointment

Department of Health to offer shots by appointment

Beginning Jan. 2, 2017, immunizations will be offered by appointment only at the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County.  Appointments will be available during regular clinic hours at all DOH-Santa Rosa locations by calling 850-983-5200.  Immunizations for children ages 2 months through 18 years are offered at no fee through the Vaccines for […]

New homes on higher ground heighten flood concerns

New homes on higher ground heighten flood concerns

Jason Buttke looks up at the new house under construction next door to his on the 1800 block of Sunrise Drive and wonders where any excess stormwater will drain in the event of heavy rain. Like many new residences going up in Holley by the Sea, the lot under the Adams Homes building has been […]

Holley-Navarre Water sewage leak

Holley-Navarre Water sewage leak

State-mandated monitoring by Holley-Navarre Water System of the William’s Creek sewage spill revealed fecal bacteria levels reached nearly 35 times the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) recommended maximum days after the initial spill. After more than a week of elevated fecal bacteria levels, required monitoring ceased Monday, Oct. 24 after colony numbers returned to […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 14

Five Things to Know in Florida for Oct. 14

FLORIDA IDS NEW MIAMI NEIGHBORHOOD AS ZIKA ZONE Gov. Rick Scott’s office announced Thursday that five people have been infected with Zika in a 1-square-mile area of the city just north of the Little Haiti neighborhood. According to the statement, four of the cases were previously announced by Florida’s Department of Health as being under […]

Rising mosquito populations mean higher risk of infection

Rising mosquito populations mean higher risk of infection

Summer is peak season for mosquitoes, and more cases of mosquito-borne illnesses such as West Nile and Zika virus are being reported throughout Florida. In Santa Rosa County, a human case of West Nile was reported Aug. 19 and Hurlburt Field discovered West Nile positive mosquitoes in their mosquito traps on the Sound Side. Zika […]

West Nile found at Hurlburt Field

West Nile found at Hurlburt Field

Hurlburt Field confirmed Thursday, Aug. 25, that mosquitoes trapped at their Soundside locations tested positive for the presence of West Nile Virus in one of the samples. This comes on the heals of a confirmed human case of West Nile in Santa Rosa County Aug. 19. The mosquito-borne disease has symptoms of fever, head and […]

Human West Nile Case in Santa Rosa

Human West Nile Case in Santa Rosa

The Florida Department of Health confirmed a case of human West Nile in Santa Rosa County Friday, Aug. 19. There is risk of spread of the mosquito-born virus in the county according to a department press release, and residents are advised to drain all standing water and cover skin with clothing and mosquito repellent containing […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 16

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 16

TRANSGENDER PRISONER SUES FLORIDA TO GET HORMONE TREATMENTS The American Civil Liberties Union filed Reiyn Keohane’s suit Monday to force the department to continue hormone treatments she began a month before her September 2013 arrest in Fort Myers. Without the treatments, Keohane says she suffers from depression. While being held in the men’s prison, she […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 10

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 10

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES 4 NEW ZIKA CASES IN MIAMI Florida now has 21 people who contracted the virus locally. According to a statement Tuesday from Gov. Rick Scott’s office, the Florida Department of Health still believes active transmissions are only happening within a 1-square-mile area in Miami’s Wynwood arts district. Hillary Clinton, who visited Miami on […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 9

Five Things to Know in Florida for Aug. 9

OFFICIALS INVESTIGATE ZIKA CASE IN PALM BEACH COUNTY Gov. Rick Scott said in a news release Monday that the Florida Department of Health is working to determine the source of the infection. The infected person had recently traveled to Miami-Dade County, where more than a dozen non-travel-related Zika cases were discovered last week. The release […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 29

Five Things to Know in Florida for July 29

UNARMED BLACK THERAPIST SHOT BY POLICE HAS REUNION WITH AUTISTIC CLIENT Charles Kinsey told reporters Thursday outside a South Florida hospital that Arnaldo Rios jumped from his bed and hugged him. The 27-year-old Rios is recovering from emotional trauma he suffered when Kinsey was shot in the leg by a North Miami police officer last […]

Sea lice reports fail to deter beach visitors

Sea lice reports fail to deter beach visitors

Visitors packed the Navarre Beach Gulf shore last week despite reports of sea lice. The Navarre Beach Lifeguards flew the purple flag to warn bathers of the critters and the rash they can cause. Sea lice are actually not lice at all. They are tiny, pepper-like jellyfish larvae that float in clouds in the Gulf […]

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 2

Five Things to Know in Florida for June 2

EX-FLORIDA COP CHARGED WITH MANSLAUGHTER, ATTEMPTED MURDER IN SHOOTING OF ARMED BLACK MUSICIAN Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg said at a news conference Wednesday that Officer Nouman Raja has been charged in the Oct. 18 death of Corey Jones. Aronberg says a grand jury found Raja’s use of force was unjustified. 3 MORE […]

2016 Farmers Market available to WIC participants

2016 Farmers Market available to WIC participants

Locally grown fresh produce will be available at the farmers market sponsored by the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County WIC program beginning Monday, April 25.  The market will be open Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. until May 10.  After May 10, the market will be open four days […]

HIV awareness campaign urges testing for citizens

HIV awareness campaign urges testing for citizens

Driving through many parts of Escambia County, you might have noticed billboards with advertisements of a different kind. As part of an ongoing HIV awareness campaign, the Florida Department of Health has been putting up these large ads, urging citizens to get tested. Because of elevated numbers for HIV/AIDS cases in the county, the continuance […]

Current State of Zika

Current State of Zika

Zika virus, a viral relative of yellow fever, West Nile and dengue fever, was first classified in 1947 within rhesus monkeys in Uganda. Named after the forest in which it was first discovered, in 1952, this virus was first observed in humans.  According to a 2015 article in the Journal of Emerging Infectious Diseases by […]