Physician to speak on herbicide exposure

Lincoln County Community Rights will host a special event with speaker Renee Stringham, M.D., from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at the Center for Health Education, 740 SE Ninth St., Newport.

Stringham, a retired family practice physician who practiced in Lincoln County from 1975 to 1989, will share her experience during a time when aerial spray of herbicides was unregulated. She treated some of the 75 people sprayed by helicopter with Tordon 101, a combination of 2,4-D and Picloram, during a non-violent protest in June of 1977. She followed those patients and their families for many years.

As a primary care physician for these and other exposed families in the area, Stringham provided services from delivering babies through end-of-life care. She and a group of concerned physicians were the first to put forward a voters' initiative in Lincoln County to ban herbicide spray. Although the measure was defeated, it was instrumental in creating awareness of the potential dangers of pesticides.

The presentation is free of charge, and all are welcome to attend.

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