Your article on the success of Colorado’s IUD program brings to mind how Idaho’s first public family planning clinic was started by City County Health Department in 1964 when it was still against the law to counsel, educate or provide contraceptive services in Idaho. The cost was “zero.” Thanks, Dr. Mary Holdren.
Regarding drug abuse, I suggest you read “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic,” by Sam Quinones. He has a chapter on Boise, Idaho. I have furnished the Statesman with a rank order listing of Idaho Medicaid prescriptions. Hydrocodone is No. 1, by a wide margin. I never heard from you all.
Your article on sour cherry juice was interesting, but the hazard was not even mentioned. My friends in Indiana tell me it is really helping their arthritis and joint pain, so I bought some and tried it. Then I went to my routine Pro time (INR) test, and mine was elevated higher than I wanted it. The nurse’s first and only question was, “Have you been drinking sour cherry juice?” I said yes, and she pointed to a large warning taped to her desk top, warning about the effect of sour cherry juice on people who are on coumadin (warfarin).
Fritz Dixon, Meridian
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