What every parent needs to know about vaping

Click here to learn: What Every Parent Needs to Know About Vaping – Vaping. Juuling. Don’t let the pretty words fool you. 8 SIGNS YOUR CHILD MAY BE VAPING • You detect a sticky-sweet scent • A weird looking USB drive or pen is always in reach • You find discarded atomizers, pods or organic cotton balls • Agitation or irritability (if they can’t get their fix) • They’re calmer after a trip to the bathroom or their room • Dry-mouth and nosebleeds caused by dehydration • Mouth sores and a smoker’s cough • They’re always asking for money (it’s an expensive …

Underage drinking can derail your plans!

Talking with your children about underage drinking is absolutely necessary- start the talks when they are young and have them often! Underage Drinking PSA

SCC’s TOP for Athletes – Opioid Prevention Toolkit

DOWNLOAD TOOLKIT PDF: TOP Athletes – SCC Opioid Prevention Toolkit Safe Communities Regional Coalition’s  NEW OPIOID PREVENTION TOOLKIT: Tackling Opioids through Prevention for Athletes (TOP) Toolkit. The GOAL: This toolkit is intended to help guide and raise awareness of opioid use and abuse among young student athletes and to provide evidence-based recommendations and information that will encourage and promote policy and practice changes that will strengthen schools, athletic departments and community based athletic programs. Our agency is available to provide free presentations and support to any school in Hunterdon and Somerset as well as community sports programs. Interested Coaches, School Personnel, or …

Opioid Prescriptions Remain High, Especially in Elderly With Chronic Pain

Opioid prescriptions remain high despite increased awareness of the opioid epidemic and awareness of the drugs’ risks, a new study finds. Researchers found opioid use and doses leveled off after peaking in 2012-13, but were still higher in 2017 than in 2007, HealthDay reports. Opioid use was especially high in elderly patients with chronic pain, the researchers report in BMJ. Much of the extended opioid use among older patients is for lower back pain, said lead researcher Molly Moore Jeffery. But for most patients, over-the-counter painkillers combined with physical therapy are more effective, she noted. The study compared opioid prescriptions among commercially insured …

Ask questions!!!

As you age… be sure to be your own advocate during doctor’s appointments and ask as many questions as it takes to understand your instructions and how you are to be taking your medications!