WHAT EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW

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Vol. 10, No. 2
April 2005
When Is It Safe to Reoccupy a Dwelling that Has Been Used to Make Meth?
In January 2005 North Carolina passed a law (NCGS 130A-284) stating that property owners may not occupy or cause to be occupied (i.e., rent) a residence formerly used as a meth lab until it has been decontaminated in accordance with the rules established by the NC Department of Health. North Carolina Division of Social Services policy states that “Prior to any child’s return to the home where the meth lab was located, the home must have been decontaminated in accordance with the rules in N.C.G.S. 130A-284 effective January 1, 2005.” These rules have been developed and can be found online at .
The point of these rules is to prevent a “potential nightmare scenario—one that has occurred in other states—of unsuspecting renters or homebuyers developing inexplicable health problems after living in a house or apartment formerly used to produce meth” (McFadden, 2003).
These rules require every county health department in North Carolina to maintain a list of local properties contaminated by meth. Health departments must keep record of these properties for at least three years. Renters, homebuyers, and child welfare agencies should be sure to call their local health department to find out if a prospective dwelling is safe to reoccupy.
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I URGE ALL MY FRIENDS TO READ & SHARE THIS; YOU COULD SAVE A LOVED ONES LIFE BY KNOWING THIS SIMPLE INFORMATION!!! Stroke has a new indicator! They say if you forward this to ten people, you stand a chance of saving one life. Will you send this along? Blood Clots/Stroke - They Now Have a Fourth Indicator, the Tongue: During a BBQ, a woman stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) ...she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Jane went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Jane's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 PM Jane passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Jane would be with us today. Some don't die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead. It only takes a minute to read this. A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough. >>RECOGNIZING A STROKE<< Thank God for the sense to remember the '3' steps, STR. Read and Learn! Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions: S *Ask the individual to SMILE. T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. Chicken Soup) R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS. If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke. A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this e-mail sends it to 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved. I have done my part. Will you?

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