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Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a fatal neurological disease that affects deer and elk, including those here in the US. Like mad cow, it’s a prion disease that affects proteins in the brain. It’s not the same exact illness as mad cow, but the concerns about it spreading to humans through eating infected meat are similar, as are its neurological effects on deer. What’s scary about prion diseases is that it’s not a normal pathogen - not bacteria or virus causing the illness, but rather a misfolded protein that instructs other proteins to misfold, as well. But if an animal dies of this disease, the rogue proteins can actually spread to the soil or plants nearby, furthering the spread. Normal disinfecting doesn’t work against this disease. The University of Minnesota is launching a major research project to help prepare, and they hope to advance testing for hunters to test deer carcasses, and for humans in the case that it spreads. In short, this is something that gives us pause. There’s nothing that individual companies or people need to do just yet unless you’re hunting deer, but we’re keeping a close eye and grateful for the U of M team doing this important research.
Source: Minnesota Public Radio
If you’re considering stocking naloxone (brand name Narcan) in your first aid kits, then we definitely recommend training for those who might be expected to administer it. Most naloxone training is short. Actually administering the nasal spray is very simple, so most of the training tends to be about identifying overdoses, checking for responsiveness, and calling 911. We know that the decision to add naloxone is a challenging one with thorny legal and operational issues. Even if you don’t plan on having naloxone on-location, the opioid epidemic is widespread - if you know of free community training nearby, it could be useful to share information on that along with any other mental and physical health services in the community, even if it’s just to arm your team with knowledge for outside of the workplace.
THC-O is a synthetic cannabinoid product that’s becoming popular in the US as an alternative to marijuana. Like Delta-8 and other synthetic products, it’s usually in the form of a vape or edibles. Some assume it’s legal, though the DEA warned in February that because it’s totally synthetic, it doesn’t fall into the farm law that allows hemp products to be sold legally in the US. So, THC-O should fall under your marijuana policy but doesn’t pose any unique health risks for restaurants.
Source: USA Today
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