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 and your children or grandchildren love the magic of a good book?
Then plan to attend the 15th annual Children’s Storybook Breakfast. This year’s breakfast is scheduled for 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15, inside Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest’s Kasych Family Pavilion.
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
Erick Litardo, a fifth-grader at Luis Ramos Elementary School in Allentown, was voted the winner of the second Community Canvas event at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest.
The second Community Canvas event is complete, and now it’s time to go to Facebook and determine our second winner.
On Friday night, 10 students from Luis Ramos and Mosser elementary schools in Allentown brought their artistic talents to the second Community Canvas at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest’s Kasych Family Pavilion. Community Canvas is presented by Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital in conjunction with Radio Disney Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley Art Spark.
Just as it was in the first Community Canvas event, 10 artists were given a lunchbox full of supplies and 45 minutes to create a piece of artwork based on a particular healthy theme. Audience members who attended the event Friday voted for their favorite artwork. Erick Litardo a fifth-grader at Luis Ramos Elementary School, won top honors. But there’s still some voting to do.
We’d like you to go to Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Facebook page to view the artwork and vote to determine which other artist will move on with Erick to the final round. Voting will be open for two weeks. If you’re using a mobile device to vote, follow this link. Read More
Chief operating officer Terry Capuano, RN, left, and Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton interim president John Fletcher speak with Sam Lesante during the taping of his television show.
Residents of the Hazleton area are excited to have Lehigh Valley Health Network in the community. They’re eager to learn about our mission, services and plans for the future. They’re receiving the information they crave on The Sam Lesante Show, a program produced by SSPTV in Hazleton.
LVHN chief operating officer Terry Capuano, RN, and Lehigh Valley Hospital-Hazleton interim president John Fletcher appeared on the show last week. They talked about how the merger came to be and how we will expand services in the Hazleton area.
The show will be broadcast numerous times in the Hazleton area. You can watch the show anytime on SSPTV.com.
Miya Williams and Zion Frailey from Spring Garden Elementary School in Bethlehem are the winners of the first Community Canvas event in January.
Aspiring artists from Luis Ramos and Mosser elementary schools in Allentown will get to showcase their talents on Friday, Feb. 28, at the second Community Canvas event, scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest’s Kasych Family Pavilion.
Community Canvas is presented by Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital in conjunction with Radio Disney Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley Art Spark. At the event, the 10 artists are given a lunchbox full of supplies and 45 minutes to create a piece of artwork based on a particular healthy theme.
The mission behind Community Canvas is to promote healthy eating habits and all-around wellness for all Lehigh Valley children. The artwork is voted on by the audience in attendance and also gets posted to Facebook for voting. The artists with the most votes go to the grand finale. Everyone who participates gets a prize. Read More