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Dirty conditions at a Stanislaus County restaurant? How to report health code violations

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Most Stanislaus County food facility inspections are routine, and some are conducted after a citizen has filed a complaint with the Environmental Health Department.

Inspections are unannounced for brick-and-mortar food facilities, according to the department, and the majority of them get inspected twice a year.

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Where will patients go for care if this Stanislaus County specialty clinic is closed?

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Medical services such as orthopedics, neurosurgery, general surgery and diabetic management would be eliminated as the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency continues to take a smaller role in clinical services for low-income residents.

The county Board of Supervisors is being asked Tuesday to set an April 16 public hearing on proposals that would close the county’s specialty clinic in the black-glass building on McHenry Avenue, turn over the Paradise Medical Office in west Modesto to Golden Valley Health Centers and eliminate obstetrical care at the county’s McHenry Medical Office on Woodrow Avenue.

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Glasses 2 Classes coming to local schools

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Legacy Health Endowment (LHE) is launching a vision care pilot program for public school students. Students in five school districts in Stanislaus and Merced counties will have access to free eye care this spring, thanks to a partnership between LHE and a company that organizes mobile eye clinics all across the country.

The program is known as Glasses 2 Classes. It offers free eye screening and same-day glasses for up to 200 students per district. The Optical Academy of New Jersey runs it. Turlock-based LHE is underwriting the cost of the clinics.

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Stanislaus mosquito fair will offer family activities, information on preventing disease

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Mosquitoes will be the main attraction at a family-friendly event in Turlock.

The Turlock Mosquito Abatement District plans an open house March 23 with activities and information on the pesky insects and how to protect the public against mosquito-borne diseases. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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3 deaths caused by ‘tranq’/fentanyl mix confirmed in Stanislaus County. ‘Now it is here’

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A mixture of the animal tranquilizer xylazine with street fentanyl has caused three overdose deaths in Stanislaus County, an official reported Thursday as the opioid crisis continues to get worse.

In the latest overdose data, released at Thursday’s Opioid Safety Coalition meeting, the county recorded 121 deaths due to fentanyl poisoning or overdoses in 2023, almost even with the 128 fentanyl deaths in 2022.

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California’s San Joaquin Valley has a therapist shortage. Here’s how a university hopes to change that

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Stockton’s University of the Pacific has launched a new master’s program to help address the region’s ongoing shortage of mental health professionals.

In fall 2024 the private university’s Benerd College, which specializes in education programs and degrees, will accept students into its new Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology major focused on marriage and family counseling. About 15 to 20 students are expected to make up the inaugural class.

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This California City Has Been Named the Drug Overdoses Capital of the State

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San Francisco, the city of the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, and tech innovation, has also earned a dubious distinction: it has the highest rate of drug overdoses in California, and one of the highest in the nation.

According to data from the California Department of Public Health, San Francisco recorded 713 fatal drug overdoses in 2020, more than double the number of deaths from COVID-19 in the same year. The city’s overdose death rate was 81.2 per 100,000 residents, far surpassing other large cities in the state such as Los Angeles (26.1), San Diego (24.6), and San Jose (12.3).

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The brownout spreads: San Francisco’s public poo problem hits record level

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They call it the Bay Area brownout.

San Francisco authorities have recorded more than 125,000 cases of human feces found on public streets since 2020, according to data compiled by, a government watchdog.

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Are Prop. 47, other laws to blame for fentanyl crisis? Here’s what Stanislaus officials say

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Modesto police Officer Mark Ulrich first noticed fentanyl during an arrest in 2019. He’d been used to finding heroin and identifying it by its tarry viscosity and strong vinegar smell. But this substance was different.

“I did what we always did, took a little whiff, and boom. I got immediately dizzy and was like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, OK, that’s weird. What the heck is that?’” Ulrich said. “Well, what they were doing at the time was they were mixing fentanyl into the heroin. So you couldn’t tell the difference.”

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