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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, a time to learn how to prevent brain injury and be aware that it may be an underlying cause of other disorders. Brain injuries include both traumatic brain injury caused by an external force, and acquired brain injury that may be caused by stroke, aneurysm, near drowning, tumor or another occurrence. An estimated 100,000 Minnesotans live with the effects of traumatic brain injury. No good estimates exist for how many people live with chronic effects of acquired brain injury. Simple precautions that can be taken to prevent brain injury. More information about Brain Injury Awareness Month is online.
Minnesota takes key steps in fight against opiate abuse
Efforts to curb a wave of prescription drug abuse and addiction to other opiates marked the first full year of the Minnesota State Substance Abuse Strategy. Minnesota met the strategy’s immediate goals to increase education for physicians and other front-line professionals about treatments for opioid dependence, how abuse of opioid-based prescription drugs can lead to addiction to other opiates like heroin and how to reverse an opiate overdose. More information is in a news release about the substance abuse strategy's first-year report.
More content moving to redesigned DHS public website
Adult mental health and disability services content is moving within the DHS website. The move is part of a redesign of the department's public website to improve its usability. To help website users find content, DHS will temporarily redirect key links. If you have bookmarked this content or added it to favorites, you will need to update these links. More information about the redesign is online.
Online training aimed at understanding hearing and vision loss
Online training is now available for people interested in learning about the unique challenges experienced by people who have combined hearing and vision loss. DHS' Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division is now offering “DeafBlind101: An Introduction to Combined Hearing and Vision Loss” on the deaf and hard of hearing services page on the DHS website by clicking the deafblind button on the homepage.
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