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:
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.
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!
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.”
Endo provides updates on Opana ER [news release]. July 6, 2017. Endo’s website. http://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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Both stores are currently open. We plan to close at 4 pm today. Hopefully, we will have normal business hours tomorrow.
We will post updates about store closings due to weather as we make changes in our hours.
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