Got Drugs?

Got Drugs?

Saturday, April 26th is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. If you have unused or old prescription drugs tucked away in closets, drawers, or cabinets, April 26th is your day! National Drug Take Back Day is a great opportunity to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs. Getting those prescription drugs out of circulation protects us, our children, our pets, and the environment. Remember to check with your aging relatives and friends.

Take the time – search for a Collection Site near you. If you live in a rural area, click on the button that expands your search to a 25 mile radius. Put up a Collection Poster like this one, encouraging others to participate. You may leave the prescription drugs in their original bottles, or dump them into a bag.  Either way, be assured your prescription drugs will be secured and your confidentiality protected. If you are not near a Collection Site, read more on How to Dispose of Medicines ProperlyDrug Free Idaho has additional resources.

Please take the time to participate in the “Take Back” this Saturday. It may save someone’s life. It may even be yours.

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About those leftovers…

HIt was a warm sunny day with highs in the 80’s. Perfect day. The BBQ was great; now it’s over…everyone has left. You’re faced with the leftovers. The green bean salad and chicken have been out on the table for three hours. Do you throw them away, refrigerate them in shallow pans immediately, or just throw some saran wrap on them, shove in the fridge, and quit worrying? Check the guidelines! How about those hamburgers? Can cooked ground beef still be pink inside? Read the answer. Do you wonder about that pink meat on your piece of chicken? Is it safe to eat? I know we’ve all cheated a bit in the area of leftovers and food safety. I think about that every time I attend a potluck… you can drive yourself crazy wondering how safe the food is! For more information on food safety visit the USDA’s Food Safe Families. What tips do you have to make food safety easy during the summer months?

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Recreational Water Illnesses

Swimming Pool

Recreational Water Illnesses, or RWI’s, was a new term for me. RWI’s are caused by germs spread through contaminated water in swimming pools, water parks, water play areas, hot tubs, decorative water fountains, oceans, lakes and rivers. RWI’s shouldn’t ‘dampen’ your plans to get in the water this summer  – it’s just good business to take preventive measures whenever you can. Knowing some facts and teaching your kids an ounce of prevention could save you some grief. From inflatable kiddie pools to those hot tubs at hotels and recreation areas – get the facts. Enjoy the hot summer fun and the cool water. Don’t forget the sun screen!

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Go With Your Own Glow

Tanning is out. Being cool with the skin you’re in, is in! Learn to create your own glow without hours in the sun or time in a ‘skin cooker’ (aka tanning bed). If you have teens, young women, and young men in your life who are ‘beauty’ conscious, clue them in to what happens when sun ages skin – it’s the look of leather. So, where did this all begin – this fascination with being tan? Check out the video…

What things have you done/said to bring the skin cancer and skin aging messages home to the young people in your life? Share what’s worked for you…

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Get the ‘skinny’; get checked.

Skin is your largest body organ…and probably the one you think about the least. So do something nice for your skin. Get the ‘skinny’ – get checked. Register for a FREE skin cancer screening clinic in April, May, or June. It could be the most important 15 minutes of your life. Idaho ranks as the 8th highest state in the nation for Melanoma of the Skin. Don’t become part of that statistic. Register for a free screening clinic in Boise, Chubbuck, Pocatello, Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, orSandpoint. Not sure what you are looking for? Check out the pictures.

Have you had, or do you know someone who has had skin cancer? Share your story!

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