Lehigh County officials have taken action to reduce prescription drug abuse by making it easier to properly dispose of unused medications.
County residents no longer need to wait for biannual National Take Back Day events to drop off leftover or expired prescription drugs. New collection boxes are now in 10 Lehigh County police departments, where residents can discard of unwanted medications year-round anonymously and free of charge.
“This is an important initiative from a public safety and health standpoint because residents won’t have accumulations of medications in their homes,” county District Attorney James Martin says in a news release. “These medications often include prescription drugs that are abused by teens and adults.”
The MedReturn boxes, which look like mailboxes, were provided free to police departments that applied for grants to host them. County officials worked with the police chiefs to determine the most convenient locations for the boxes, according to the news release. Drug Task Force detectives will pick up the discarded medications and incinerate them at a York County facility that’s designated to destroy controlled substances. Read More»
Do you know the safest way to sneeze? With the spread of flu still a region-wide concern, sneezing and coughing etiquette has become an important part of daily life.
ABC’s World News With Diane Sawyer investigated which form of sneezing is the most effective at stopping germs. They discovered sneezing into a tissue is the best way to ensure your germs do not spread to the environment around you.
“Sneezing and coughing etiquette involves preventing the aerosolization of the influenza virus,” says Terry Burger, RN, Lehigh Valley Health Network’s director of infection control. “The most effective way to prevent the spread of germs is to cough or sneeze into a tissue, followed by your arm or sleeve.”
But this isn’t the only way to reduce the spread of the flu. Read More»
At the breakfast both adults and youngsters will enjoy interactive, educational theater featuring award-winning international storyteller Kristin Pedemonti, local entertainer Kitty Jones and “Grace the Pirate,” along with include fun activities from Da Vinci Science Center and crafts sponsored by Michael’s. Read More»
When Katie Neitz needed help recently to overcome chronic hamstring problems, she turned to Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) physical therapist Craig Souders. Neitz is the mind-and-body editor for Runner’s World magazine, a trusted go-to guide for runners of all ages. Souders is a sub-three-hour marathon runner.
As Neitz explains in the March 2014 issue of Runner’s World, she attended a running clinic in New York and learned her chronic hamstring issues were caused by gluteal weakness, a common problem for runners. Souders helped Neitz get back on track with a series of exercises that targeted her weak spots.
In addition to the article, Runner’s World also produced a video showing the exercises Souders used to help Neitz regain her form. Watch it below.