Health and Medicine
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) – A high school student is suing school officials over a summer soccer practice after which, he says, he suffered heat stroke. The Daily Progress reported Monday that the Monticello High School student was a sophomore when he says he nearly died after a two-hour soccer practice designed to acclimate athletes to heat in July 2017. The lawsuit says the full sun heat index on a synthetic turf field would have been up to 139 degrees, characterized as “extreme danger.” The filing says the student was hospitalized after returning home, and diagnosed with exertional heat stroke. A press release from attorney Lloyd Snook says school officials failed to provide a trainer, cold water, shade or rest breaks. The lawsuit says the student suffered permanent injury. Albemarle County Public Schools hasn’t commented.
During today’s Community Coalitions of Virginia summit at Hotel Roanoke, the local “Urgent Love” campaign that is working to fight the opioid crisis announced a program where independent pharmacies can install a DEA-compliant prescription drug drop-boxes for as little as 50 dollars a month. Community Coalitions of Virginia reports that only 7 percent of all pharmacies in the region have drop-boxes where unused prescription drugs can be returned. 40 percent of all opioid fatalities are from prescribed medications, according to the Coalition. Walt Boyle is a strategist for Urgent Love.
The 1st Annual Barktoberfest, hosted by Project Support, takes place tomorrow at the Vinton War Memorial, and will show the positive effects owning an animal can have an a person’s well being. Organizers say people find happiness in animals both big and small. WFIR’s Clark Palmer has the story: