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Discussion on Coronavirus with Darien Health Director, Stamford Hospital Expert Friday, Online Only

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Darien Library is sponsoring a presentation on the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Friday, at the library — but don’t go there. You can watch it online. The event will be live-streamed on the library website and a video will be posted for later viewing,  The library announced. The library has canceled all events until further notice in order to protect people from catching COVID-19. The library announced Tuesday that said it has canceled all of its other events.

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REMINDER: Medical Expert to Speak on Marijuana Legalization Wednesday Night, April 24 at Town Hall

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While the bill approving the sale of recreational marijuana still has a way to go before being adopted, we should realize that, at some point in the not-too-distant future, recreational marijuana could very likely be available in Connecticut. — Darien Health Director David Knauf has a master’s degree in public health, a master of science degree and is a registered environmental health specialist. To provide residents, and in particular parents, with meaningful information on this important topic, there will be a discussion about marijuana “What About Weed?” on Wednesday, April 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Darien Town Hall Auditorium. Further Description of the Event

The YWCA Darien-Norwalk in partnership with Communities4Action, Community Fund of Darien, Darien Depot, Darien Health Department and Liberation Programs presents this not-to-be-missed community event. Experts will discuss how marijuana affects teen brain development, what the long and short term health implications of marijuana use are and whether marijuana is addictive.

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With CT Drug Overdose Deaths Still Climbing, Darien Health Director Asks State to Start Mandatory Reporting

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Deaths from drug overdoses, primarily opioids like heroin, rose to 900 statewide in 2016 and are expected to reach 1,000 this year, and Darien Health Director David Knauf is proposing that overdose incidents (fatal or not fatal) be reported to each local health director. A number of other diseases, health conditions and deaths must be reported to local health directors and the state Medical Examiners Office now. But drug overdose incidents aren’t on that list. Knauf expects to submit testimony to the state Reportable Diseases Advisory Committee in the hope of getting its endorsement of the idea, which would have to be approved by the Connecticut Department of Public Health. He says there seems to be support for the move from other state and local health officials in Connecticut, so he’s hopeful the policy will be adopted here.

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Darien Health Director to Do Similar Job in Stamford for 3 to 4 Months

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Darien Health Director David Knauf will be interim health director for Stamford as that city searches for a new director, the Stamford mayor’s office announced. With the agreement of First Selectman Jayme Stevenson, Knauf will remain as Darien’s health director while he takes on duties in Stamford, starting Dec. 7, according to a news release from Mayor David Martin. Ann Fountain, Stamford’s director of health and social services, is leaving that job after seven years to take a position in the private sector, according to the news release. She has worked for Stamford for a total of 11 years.