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Child ID Kits are here!

According to FBI crime statistics, there are nearly 650,000 missing kids reported every year in the United States. As part of our back-to-school safety initiative, we are providing FREE Child ID Kits at both of our stores. More information about the kit is found below, but that’s just part of keeping our kids safe. We as parents know that the world can be a scary place and we don’t even like to think about the possibility of something bad happening to our kids. Part of educating our kids beyond reading and writing is instilling good safety habits.

Here are some tips to begin building a strong foundation of safety awareness:

  • Talk about safety with you child in ways that teaches them to use caution and be aware of their surrounding.
  • Encourage your child to trust their intuition and let them know they can come to you and tell you when something feels wrong.
  • Do they know their name and address? Be sure they know their full name, address and phone number, as well as where you work and your phone number. Also teach them to dial 911 in an emergency.
  • Teach your child the rules about strangers. Let them know that adults should not ask children for help, and adults should never threaten children. Make sure your child understands they should never go anywhere with an adult they don’t know — even if it is to help them find their missing puppy.
  • Never label clothing, backpacks or personal items with your child’s name or information. This is an easy way for a stranger to approach your child and pretend to know your child and gain their trust.
  • Teach your child what to do if they get lost or separated from you in a public place. Make a point to show them where to meet if they can’t find you and show them adults they can approach if they are in trouble, like police officers, firefighters, or store clerks if they get lost in a department store.
  • Let your child know that their body belongs to them. No one has the right to touch them inappropriately. If someone is making them feel uncomfortable, let them know to tell you right away.
  • Do you know where your child is? It sounds simple, but with the busy lives that we live and everyone seeming to be going in different directions, it’s easy to lose track. Keep a list of your child’s activities, and addresses and phone numbers for places they frequent. So, in the event of an emergency you, friends, or family can get to them quickly.
  • Create a secret Code Word. Tell your child that if anyone approaches them and says they are a family friend, they must ask for the code word. If the person is really a friend, they will know the word. If they don’t know the code word, tell you child to run away as quickly as possible.
  • Remember to update your child’s records every few months. Younger children grow and change quickly and even small changes in height, weight and hair styles can significantly alter their appearance. Most people have phones with a camera, so take frequent pictures of them. It’s also a good idea to note any birthmarks, scars or other identifying marks in addition to their physical characteristics like hair and eye color.

There is no waiting period required to report a missing child to the police.

In the event your child does go missing, it’s important to have the latest and most up-to-date identification records for them. Many lost and abducted children can be recovered if parents can provide police with a complete record of identification. The Child ID Kits that are available at our stores will help parents create a confidential and comprehensive record of their child’s personal and medical information to immediately give to police. Every second is important when searching for missing children and most of us would not be thinking clearly if such an event should occur. This FREE kit will help save time and speed up the search process.

Each kit is individually packaged in a heavy gauge, clear, protective plastic sleeve and contains:

  • A 1”x 5” non-toxic fingerprinting ink strip
  • A heavy gauge freezer-safe bag for a DNA hair sample or cheek swabs
  • Space to record complete contact, personal, medical, and physical information
  • Space to store a 4” x 6” photograph
  • A 10-finger fingerprint chart
  • Dental charts for permanent and baby teeth
  • Two pages of essential educational safety tips

Store the booklet in a safe, accessible place, and update it annually (or every few months if you have small children).

Come by our store in Hampstead or Rocky Point and get your free kit today!

Endo to Pull Opana From the Market Following FDA Request (via Pharmacy Times)

By: Jennifer Barrett, Assistant Editor, Pharmacy Times

Endo International has announced its plan to withdraw Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride extended release) from the market, following the FDA’s request to remove the reformulated opioid pain medication in June.

Opana ER was first approved in 2006 for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate.

FDA officials made the withdrawal request based on a review of available postmarketing data, which showed a significant shift in the route of abuse following the product’s reformulation from nasal to injection. According to the FDA’s statement, injection abuse of the reformulated drug has been associated with a serious outbreak of HIV and hepatitis C, as well as cases of a serious blood disorder.

During the agency’s advisory committee meeting in March, a group of independent experts voted 18-8 that the reformulated medication’s benefits no longer outweighed its potential risks.

In the company’s press release, Endo announced its plans to work with the FDA to coordinate the orderly removal of the pain medication “in a manner that looks to minimize treatment disruption for patients and allows patients sufficient time to seek guidance from their health care professionals.”

References

Endo provides updates on Opana ER [news release]. July 6, 2017. Endo’s website. https://www.endo.com/news-events/press-releases. Accessed July 6, 2017.

FDA requests removal of Opana ER for risks related to abuse [news release]. June 8, 2017. FDA’s website. https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm562401.htm. Accessed July 6, 2017.

Survival Mode: How to help women fighting breast cancer

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month we see a lot of pink. We see men in pink gloves, and football and baseball jerseys. Companies lighting up their buildings at night with a pink glow and many fundraising events are planned. These are great ways for the community comes together to support these strong women, and help find a cure. While these are all great ways to raise awareness let’s also remember that to those women (and some men too) this is a battle they fight every day, and not simply one month out of the year.

We all have friends and relatives who have battled or who are battling breast cancer. For them, the pink ribbons are merely a reminder about the disease they face every single day. Their perspective is quite different. Once you have this terrible, life-changing, and body-changing disease, you see the effects on a daily basis. When they lose their hair. When they lose a breast. When they lose both breasts. When they are no longer able to have children due to the effects of chemo.

If you do have a friend or family member who is fighting breast cancer, there is not a one-size-fits-all way to support her. However, there are some things you can do that may provide some comfort:

  • Be a good listener. Don’t give advice, but just listen to your friend and acknowledge what she’s going through.
  • Go with her to as many doctor’s appointment as you can.  Your friend may not be able to process what the doctor is saying, so offer to take notes on her behalf.
  • Share phone numbers and emails of fellow survivors. Perhaps your friend has just been diagnosed, but you have another friend who is a survivor. Connecting those women may help so they can pick up the phone and have a relatable conversation about what they are going through.
  • Distract her. Make her a funny cake before chemo about kicking cancer, give a book to read or a movie to watch during treatment.
  • Offer help over and over. Even if they want to be private, at some point, they are going to need help. So don’t stop offering.
  • Bring her groceries instead of a meal. Taste buds may change when someone is on chemo, so bringing groceries may be a better option. It would be best if you knew their preferences, so if you have access to their fridge and pantry, take a look and see what they like before shopping.
  • Leave her messages. She may not want to talk, but leave a message anyway. She will appreciate the words of encouragement and just knowing that you care.
  • Be a taxi for her kids. Moms who are fighting cancer are still selfless when it comes to their children. They want their kids to have a normal life, but that may require help from friends. Offer to take their children to school, piano lessons, sports practice so your friend can rest.
  • Have a hair-cutting party. Of course, this depends on the person, but this could be a light-hearted way to cheer your friend on as she begins her journey.
  • Pamper her. Buy her a fabulous scarf or blanket, her favorite perfume, or high-end chocolate.
  • Send her cards. Emails are good, but who doesn’t love getting good news in the mailbox.
  • Don’t expect a thank you note. When taking food, etc, take it over in disposable containers that you don’t need back and tell her that you don’t expect a note of thanks and that you just want to help.
  • Don’t tell her how to feel or assume how she feels. Simply ask her how she’s feeling.
  • Don’t forget about her. As treatments go along, or ever at the end of treatment, she’ll still need to know that people care and that you’re thinking of her.
  • Provide financial support. Cancer is expensive. Medical bills can pile up quickly and leave people with crippling debt. If your friend has set up a GoFundMe page, consider giving her a financial contribution and sharing the link with friends to help pay for those expenses.

For those who are not fighting breast cancer, this is the month when we are supposed to remember to make an appointment for our annual mammogram. But that’s not enough. We should be aware EVERYDAY about our breasts. We should give ourselves breast exams every month. It’s not enough to just get a mammogram every year.

So, let’s all make a promise to mark a date on the calendar every month to perform a breast self-exam. You hormone levels fluctuate each month during your menstrual cycle and this causes changes in breast tissue. The best time to perform a self-exam is usually a few days after your period ends. If you notice any new lumps or texture change, contact your doctor right away.

So wear those pink socks and the hats with the pink ribbons, and be aware of your own breasts and any changes that occur. But let’s also be a friend, cheerleader, listener, and gift-giver to our friends and neighbors who fight to get well everyday.

College Send Off

Sending your kids off to college for the first time can be scary for both the student and parents, especially if they will be in another city or state. Aside from the adjustments of living in a new city, students can feel overwhelmed by the pressures and challenges put on them. From getting good grades, to eating the right foods and alcohol and drug temptations, not to mention sexual pressures — it’s a lot to put on an emerging adult who has left the safety and security of their parent’s home.

Here are some reminders for students to stay healthy and safe, and they are good lessons for all of us:

Get Plenty of Sleep

This is a tough one for college students. It may be hard to avoid the pressure of going out to a party the night before you have an 8:00 class. Or conversely, they may pull an “all-nighter” to study for a big exam. Studies show that most adults should get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night. Lack of sleep can be a risk factor for chronic diseases and conditions  such as heart disease, obesity, depression, and even diabetes. Being sleepy throughout the day also makes it difficult to concentrate in class or while taking a test.

Exercise

Regular exercise is not only good for your body, it’s also good for your mind. Find a friend who has the same interests as you, or try something new through intramural sports on campus. Tennis, running, dancing, or flag football all provide a good cardio workout and making friends along the way is a bonus! Just 2-½ hours a week, even working out for 10 minutes at a time, can improve your overall health and fitness.

Eat Right

With a vast array of food available on campus as well as local restaurants honoring university meal plan dollars, it’s easier than ever to pack on the Freshman 15. Eating food that is high in fat, calories, sugar, and salt will only drain your energy. For the best “fast-food” grab an apple or banana on the way to class. The school cafeteria will also always have a health option in hot vegetables or a salad bar for you to get foods that are a natural source of energy. Meal plan dollars will also go further on-campus than off-campus.

Prevent STDs

Did you know that about half of the 20 million new sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) each year are among people aged 15-24 years old. For women, the long term effects of these diseases can include pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, tubal scarring, ectopic pregnancy, and chronic pelvic pain.

Even more scary is that about 1 in 4 of all new HIV infections is among youth ages 13 to 24 years. 4 out of 5 of those infections occur in males.

The CDC offers these tips:

  • If you are a sexually active female aged 25 years or younger, get tested every year for chlamydia. If left untreated, chlamydia can affect your ability to have children.
  • If you are diagnosed with an STD, notify your sex partners so they can be tested and receive treatment if needed.
  • If your sex partner is diagnosed with an STD, you need to be evaluated, tested, and treated.
  • The most reliable ways to avoid transmission of STDs, including HIV infection, are to abstain from sexual activity or to be in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with an uninfected partner.
  • Latex male and female condoms, when used consistently and correctly, can reduce the risk of transmission of some STDs.

Avoid Harmful Substances

Pressures of the new college environment include alcohol, drugs, and cigarettes, especially when trying to make friends and become part of a group. Binge drinking is defined as having five or more drinks on one occasion for men, and four or more drinks per occasion for women. Alcohol and other drug abuse are major health problems in the US. Substance use and abuse can increase the chances of injuries, sexual violence, unintended pregnancy and STDs.

Stay together

It’s also important for friends to stay together if you are going out for the evening. Tips from Help Save the Next Girl include:

  • Check on friends when you haven’t heard from them
  • Never let a friend leave alone
  • Call someone you trust when you’re in trouble
  • Always carry your cell phone

Keep an Emergency List

There are apps available for your phone that you can load with important information in case of emergency. You can list your name, height, weight, blood type, age, contact list, diseases, allergies, medications, doctors, pharmacy, and other relevant information that a medical professional needs to know about you to make fast decisions.

Joint pain prevention

Millions of Americans suffer from joint pain on a regular basis — especially if you’re over 30. The pain may be the result of inflammation caused by an injury, or it could be from other lifestyle behaviors. However, there are many things you can do to help relieve your pain.

  1. Control your weight. If you are overweight, even by 10 or 20 pounds, the extra weight can put stress on your entire body, including your joints. If you’re complaining knee or hip pain, you may need to look no further than the scale to determine the cause of your pain.
  2. Move your body. Though the pain in your joints may be an excuse for not exercising, moving your joints and getting the weight off will actually help provide some relief. We don’t suggest running (since that can actually make your symptoms worse or even injure you); but, if you have access to a pool, water aerobics and swimming some laps is a great way to exercise without pounding the pavement. Otherwise walking every day and increasing your distance can help.
  3.  Avoid repetitive motion. Daily tasks like typing and even driving long distances can cause arthritis. It’s very important to take breaks throughout the day and practice stretching exercises to combat joint pain.
  4. Omega-3 fatty acids. These fats have anti-inflammatory properties similar to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Advil. Taking supplements and eating foods rich in Omega-3 can help relieve pain. Be sure to ask your pharmacist and talk to your doctor about taking any supplement.
  5. Get plenty of vitamin D. This is an important part of keeping bones healthy. If you don’t eat eggs, dairy or even sardines, you are probably not getting enough. So again, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about a Vitamin D supplement and how much is right for you.
  6. Quit smoking. Oftentimes, people who are in pain smoke to help with the depression associated with the pain. However, smoking actually increases joint pain. Smoking also interferes with medications and requires higher doses in order to compensate.
  7. Take your medicine. Missing a dose of your arthritis medication means that there is a gap in your arthritis pain control. It’s easy to skip a dose if you are feeling good, but you might pay later in joint pain and aching knees. Whether your medications are prescription or over-the-counter, you should take them exactly as your doctor directed.
  8. Prevent falls. Keep your walkways clear of clutter to avoid tripping hazards around your home and office. If you do trip and fall, it could create joint pain or make pain that you already have even worse.
  9. Get some sleep. Studies show that people who don’t get enough sleep report symptoms of pain the next day.  Unfortunately, for many people with arthritis, sleep is a challenge because joint pain wakes them up. Nonetheless, sleep is important. Talk to your doctor about arthritis pain control that can help make sleep possible.
  10. Reduce your stress. When you are stressed, muscles tense up to protect the joint, but that causes you to feel joint pain more deeply. Get a message,acupuncture, or practice meditation techniques to help with the pain.

Many of these tips above are good preventative maintenance measures before you ever experience any pain. So, take care of yourself and avoid the trip to the doctor.

Take care of yourself this holiday season

It’s been said that suicide is more common during the Christmas season. That’s not actually true (it’s really the springtime), but the holidays can add extra stress — especially for those who already suffer from depression.

Oftentimes there are high expectations for gift giving, spending time with family, and even being happy.

With a bit of foresight and planning, however, the holidays can leave you feeling up, not down. Follow these tips for a successful holiday.

Take care of yourself
It’s okay to be a little selfish once in awhile. Simple things like reading a book, taking a nap or walking around the block can do wonders for your mental health. If you can make taking time for yourself a priority, the shopping, baking and visiting will be less stressful.

Come up with an escape plan
Even though you take steps to relax and unwind throughout the season, some stresses just can’t be avoided. Believe it or not, not every family has a picture perfect Christmas.
If you know there are going to be conflicts, be sure to prepare a statement such as “I respect your view, but let’s talk about this another time.”
Then you can go hang out with the kids, play with the dog, or help in the kitchen. And finding a friend who can lend a sympathetic ear doesn’t hurt either.

Create new traditions
Sometimes trying to live up to Christmases past can be overwhelming. So your mother or grandmother always set the perfect table and the gifts were impeccably wrapped. Or perhaps, a death or divorce is causing your grief during the holidays as your remember how things used to be. Instead, try making a list of things that make you and your family happy and start new traditions. Studies show that helping those less fortunate can make those giving just as happy as those receiving the gifts. Talking about your feelings along the way can bring you closer to the ones you love and also help in the healing process.

Get some sleep
There is a link between sleep loss and depression, so be careful about cutting back on sleep as your holiday activities increase. Getting to bed and waking up at the same time every day will help keep you on schedule. Avoiding large meals and exercise within three hours of bedtime will also help you stay rested.

Get some exercise
One of the first activities that people give up during the holidays is exercise. However, keeping it high on your to-do list should be a priority.
“The more stress we are under, the less time we feel like we have, and the more irritated our mood, the more we need to continue exercising. Get out and do something; it helps use those calories from rich, fatty, sugary holiday foods,” says Jeffrey Greeson, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University School of Medicine, in Durham, N.C.
Exercising for 30-60 minutes three to five days a week, is all you need to improve your mood — and keep you in shape.

Lighten the financial load
It’s easy to get caught up in the push to buy the perfect gift for every family member, friend and neighbor. The stores seem to pull us in and entice us to spend more to save more. This may be the time to start a new tradition of drawing names or organizing a gift exchange with friends or family — and even setting a limit to the amount we spend on each other. Baking gifts and having a potluck meal followed by a walk through the neighborhood or a fun game, can help to relieve the stress of the holidays.

If you feel like you just can’t get through one more holiday gathering, it’s OK to sit them out.

“One of the things about holiday stress we forget is that Thanksgiving and Christmas are both 24 hours and that’s it,” says Pauline Wallin, PhD, an author and clinical psychologist in Camp Hill, Penn.

Wallin recommends figuring out what you need to get through those 24 hours, such as volunteering, going on vacation, or visiting a shelter or someone who is alone. Focusing on others can help alleviate depression.

Weather update

Both stores are currently open.  We plan to close at 4 pm today.  Hopefully, we will have normal business hours tomorrow.

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