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Gas Explosion Survivor Calls for Safety Reforms

A Colorado woman whose husband and brother were killed in a natural gas explosion two years ago spoke publicly in support of reforming and strengthening safety, health, and environmental regulations governing the gas industry statewide. Erin Martinez was at her home in Firestone, Colorado with her son, husband, and brother when an accumulation of natural gas from a broken subterranean line ignited, causing a massive explosion that destroyed the house. Ms. Martinez remembers “being blown through the air and trapped between falling debris.” Her son also managed to crawl out of the wreckage, but her husband and brother didn’t survive ... Read More

Grand Canyon museum guests, employees exposed to radiation for years

Anyone who visited the Grand Canyon Collections Building between 2000 and June 18, 2018, was exposed to radioactive uranium at levels 400 t0 4,000 times greater than those considered safe by Nuclear Regulatory Commission standards, a National Park Service manager told National Park employees and health officials earlier this month. Elston “Swede” Stephenson, the park’s safety, health and wellness manager, sent the email to fellow employees and, a week later, to Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall, saying he had repeatedly asked National Park executives to inform the public of the exposure and the potential ... Read More

Minor Burns Are Effectively Treated with Cannabis Topicals, Studies Show

Burns are one of the most common injuries in the kitchen and there is a massive yet still growing body of research providing evidence that cannabis-based topical treatments can provide pain relief, reduce inflammation, fight infection, and promote healing to minor burns. According to Colorado-based medicinal cannabis advocate and entrepreneur Dahlia Mertens, every home and restaurant kitchen should include topical cannabis lotions, balms, or salves as part of their first-aid kit. These non-intoxicating lotions, derived from the marijuana plant, can be highly effective in treating painful scald burns and other thermal burns that don’t require hospital treatment, she says. According ... Read More

Recovered opioid addict shares her struggle to come clean

Sara, 29, didn’t believe she would ever become addicted to opioids because a doctor had prescribed the medication. During treatment for a medical condition, Sara was put on a morphine drip. The drip continued throughout the duration of her hospital stay. When she left the hospital, she was given a supply of pain killers. “I didn’t realize for another year or two that I probably left the hospital that day dependent on opioid pain medication.” As the physical addiction took hold of Sara, she began to feel sick. Her tolerance to the drugs increased, and she needed more and more ... Read More

Increase in opioid prescriptions to pets raise red flags amid national epidemic

The number of opioid prescriptions written by veterinarians for pets has increased 41 percent in the past 10 years, according to a new study by Penn Medicine and Penn Vet, raising concerns that some of the highly addictive drugs may not be going to the pets, but to their owners instead. “As we are seeing the opioid epidemic press on, we are identifying other avenues of possible human consumption and misuse,” senior study author Jeanmarie Perrone, director of medical toxicology at Penn Medicine, told The Inquirer. “Even where the increase in prescribed veterinary opioids is well intended by the veterinarian, ... Read More

Whistleblowers Say Colorado’s Revenue Dept. Wasting Millions of Taxpayer Dollars

Whistleblowers within the Colorado Department of Revenue say that waste, incompetence, and mismanagement in the agency are costing state taxpayers millions of dollars. The Denver Channel’s Contact 7 says it received a letter in a Colorado Department of Revenue envelope from “Concerned Colorado Department of Revenue Employees, Taxpayers, & Citizens of Colorado.” The whistleblowers pointed to “Climate Surveys” that assess the atmosphere within the agency by compiling anonymous feedback from Tax Division employees. “It is very important you get the results of these surveys … to understand the level of internal strife caused by the incompetence and mismanagement of resources ... Read More

California Romaine Grower Linked to E.Coli Outbreak Recalls Other Produce  

A California farm linked to the E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce that triggered a massive nationwide recall is now recalling other types of produce as a precaution. Adam Bros. Farming, Inc. of Santa Maria, California, said the new recalls include red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, and cauliflower harvested on Nov. 27 through Nov. 30, 2018. Although none of the produce has tested positive for the E. coli strain associated with the outbreak (E. coli O157:H7) and no illnesses have been reported, the company says it’s voluntarily recalling the extra produce out of an abundance of caution. The recalled cauliflower was ... Read More

Man electrocuted on the job awarded $16 million in damages

Colorado Electrical contractor Excel Electric was ordered to pay a former construction worker $16 million after he was electrocuted on the job, leaving him with lifelong disabilities. Brian Warembourg was working at a new construction site in Berthoud, Colorado, when he noticed there was no power source for his tools. He went to the breaker box to see if he could resolve the issue. Instead, it exploded, sending an electrical charge through his hands. “We believe it exited through a metal bracelet I had on my wrist,” he told Denver7. Warembourg said he felt like he had died when he ... Read More

Duke Life Flight Helicopter Crash Lawsuit Blames Blocked Oil Line

The families of two people killed in a Duke Life Flight helicopter crash in North Carolina last year are suing the manufacturers of the aircraft and its engine, alleging that an oil line defect led to the crash. The Perquimans Weekly reports that the helicopter crash lawsuit was filed by the families of Mary Bartlett, a patient who was being airlifted Duke Hospital and Duke Life Flight nurse Kristopher Harrison. All four people aboard the helicopter were killed in the Sept. 8, 2017 crash. The other two victims were pilot Jeff Burke and Duke Life Flight nurse Crystal Sollinger. The ... Read More

Ground beef products recalled due to E.coli scare

More than 132,600 pounds of ground beef products made from the chuck portion of the carcass are being recalled because the meat may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O26 (E. coli), a bacteria that can cause potentially life threatening illness in some humans. At least 17 people have been sickened and one person has died between July 5 and July 25, 2018, after eating the meat. The recall was initiated by Cargill Meat Solutions, a Fort Morgan, Colorado-based establishment. Affected ground beef products were produced and packaged on June 21, 2018, and bear the establishment number “EST. 86R” inside the ... Read More