Massachusetts Department of Public Health http://wamc.org en Mass. Medical Marijuana Regulations Approved, Communities Prepare For Dispensaries http://wamc.org/post/mass-medical-marijuana-regulations-approved-communities-prepare-dispensaries <p></p><p>On Wednesday, public health officials in Massachusetts approved a set of final regulations for the use of medical marijuana, and before the first dispensaries are expected to open, some communities are taking action to accommodate them.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The state’s Public Health Council approved the draft regulations on medical marijuana drawn up by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.</p><p>Under the law approved by voters last November, up to 35 dispensaries will open in communities across the state, but not for the next several months.</p> Thu, 09 May 2013 22:56:56 +0000 Lucas Willard 64307 at http://wamc.org Mass. Medical Marijuana Regulations Approved, Communities Prepare For Dispensaries Mass In Motion Kicks Off in Northern Berkshires http://wamc.org/post/mass-motion-kicks-northern-berkshires <p></p><p></p><p>Today in North Adams, members of the community and local governments came together to kick-off a state-funded wellness program that focuses on community health and planning. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended the event and filed a report.</p><p>Today, members of the North Berkshire Community celebrated the kick-off of Mass in Motion,&nbsp; a statewide effort with a goal to promote fitness to battle obesity, chronic disease, and to encourage healthy, active living.</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:20:59 +0000 Lucas Willard 52173 at http://wamc.org Mass In Motion Kicks Off in Northern Berkshires Massachusetts Officials Give Update on Meningitis Outbreak Investigation http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-officials-give-update-meningitis-outbreak-investigation <p>Yesterday, Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick and the state Department of Public Health released more details of their investigation into the compounding pharmacy at the heart of a meningitis outbreak that has sickened more than 300 people.&nbsp; WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…</p><p>Since injectable steroids manufactured and distributed by New England Compound Center in Framingham Massachusetts were discovered to be the cause of an outbreak of fungal meningitis, the Commonwealth has launched an investigation with Federal officials on the incident.</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 22:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 50528 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Officials Give Update on Meningitis Outbreak Investigation Health Officials Give Update on Meningitis Outbreak Investigation While Others Call for More Action http://wamc.org/post/health-officials-give-update-meningitis-outbreak-investigation-while-others-call-more-action <p>The outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to contaminated drugs manufactured by a Massachusetts company has claimed the lives of at least 14 people. Now federal and state officials are investigating but groups are calling for more action. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…</p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 16:29:22 +0000 Lucas Willard 49736 at http://wamc.org Health Officials Give Update on Meningitis Outbreak Investigation While Others Call for More Action Campaign Targets Underage Drinking http://wamc.org/post/campaign-targets-underage-drinking <p> Public health officials in Massachusetts and a non-profit provider of mental health and substance abuse treatment are working to reduce underage drinking in the state’s third largest city.&nbsp; A prevention plan has been&nbsp; developed based on the results of a survey of 8<sup>th</sup> graders in Springfield to determine reasons for underage drinking.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.</p><p></p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 16:20:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 48541 at http://wamc.org Campaign Targets Underage Drinking