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2014 News and Press Releases

  • October 27, 2014 - Virginia Board of Optometry supports the US Food and Drug Administration’s efforts to Alert Consumers of Risks Associated with Non-Prescription Decorative Contact Lenses. Read the media advisory.
  • October 15, 2014 - As the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) continues to make news, it is important for licensees of health regulatory boards to be informed. In addition to public outreach, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is the Commonwealth’s top resource on Ebola for healthcare providers and facilities. For more information, please visit VDH’s website.
  • September 24, 2014 - Virginia will participate, Saturday, September 27, 2014 in the ninth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, this collaborative effort between state and local law enforcement agencies provides residents with an opportunity to dispose of potentially dangerous controlled substances from their medicine cabinets in an environmentally safe manner. Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at sites designated by law enforcement throughout Virginia. To find a collection site nearby or for more information, click on the following link: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.
  • August 22, 2014 - DHP Now on Social Media - The Department of Health Professions (DHP), composed of Virginia’s 13 health regulatory boards, the Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP), the Healthcare Workforce Data Center (HWDC)and the Health Practitioners Monitoring Program (HPMP) is now live on three social media platforms including YouTube, Twitter and Tumblr.
     HWDC on Tumblr  You Tube

  • June 20, 2014 - Human Trafficking in Virginia - Health care practitioners may be in a unique position to recognize the signs of human trafficking, defined, in part, as the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for the purposes of commercial sex acts or labor services through the use of force, fraud or coercion. You will find more information about human trafficking, resources for victims, and reporting of a suspicion of trafficking at: http://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/victims/humantrafficking/.
    The hotlines for reporting are 1-888-3737-888 to The National Human Trafficking Resource Center or 1-888-428-7581 to the Department of Justice. Both hotlines are available 24/7.
  • June 9, 2014 - Behaviors associated with doctor shopping for the illegitimate use of prescription drugs is on the decline in Virginia, according to newly released data from the Department of Health Professions’ (DHP) Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP). The PMP maintains a database of prescriptions written in Virginia, interoperable with 15 other states. Read more
  • April 16, 2014 - Virginia will participate, Saturday, April 26, 2014 in the eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, this collaborative effort between state and local law enforcement agencies provides residents with an opportunity to dispose of potentially dangerous controlled substances from their medicine cabinets in an environmentally safe manner. Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at sites designated by law enforcement throughout Virginia. To find a collection site nearby or for more information, click on the following link: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/. Please note that this service is free and anonymous; no questions asked. To read more about this event view our printable flyer.

 

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