Take Back events scheduled
during opioid awareness month
Two Take Back events to give the public an opportunity to safely dispose of medications are scheduled in Jackson County during September as Opioid Awareness Month.
The Jackson County Department of Public Health, Safe Kids Jackson County and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office will be at the Ingles in Cashiers from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept 13.
The second is at the Walgreens in Sylva from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27.
Permanent drop boxes are also available in three locations in Jackson County – the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Sylva, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office substation in Cashiers and the Walgreens in Sylva. These permanent drop boxes can be accessed on any day during business hours.
For more information, contact Kelly Brown at 587-8286.
Easy access to medication
can lead to poisonings in young children
The Up and Away Campaign reports that 60,000 young children are brought to emergency rooms each year because they got into medicines that were left within reach. For older children, easy access can lead to potential misuse of dangerous and addictive medicines.
Of the young children taken to emergency departments for medication poisonings, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 40 percent of them had taken their grandparents’ medicines. These are tragic mistakes that can often be prevented if the right measures are put in place to safeguard children.
Some simple guidelines can keep children safe from medication poisoning when around their grandparents. Making sure medications are not in a purse, on a countertop, or in a low drawer is very important. Best practice is to keep them out of reach and safely locked away. Even if pills are placed in day-of-the-week pill sorters, keep it locked and out of reach.
Periodically disposing of medications that are no longer needed or are expired is also an important safety measure. In Jackson County, medications can be disposed of at the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office in Sylva and Cashiers, and at Walgreens in Sylva.
Older children are also at risk when given easy access to medication. More than 50 percent of people who abuse prescription medications get them from family and friends, according to the North Carolina Lock Your Meds Campaign. Older children and teens are at risk for experimenting with addiction-forming medications that are life-threatening when taken improperly. Grandparents should always be mindful of how and where their medications are stored.
Families should also have the national poison control number available and stored in their phone. The number is 1-800-222-1222.
Safe Kids Jackson County to
host car seat safety checkup event
Road injuries are a leading cause of unintentional deaths in children in the United States but correctly used car seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent.
Of the car seats being used, 46 percent are not properly installed or used correctly. To help tip these statistics in the right direction, Safe Kids Jackson County has partnered with Walmart in Sylva to host a car seat safety checkup event from 10 a.m. until noon Saturday, Sept. 21, to mark Child Passenger Safety Month.
Nationally certified Child Passenger Safety technicians, Safe Kids Jackson County and Jackson County Department of Public Health staff will work to make sure children are riding safely in the car. Staff will teach parents how to avoid common mistakes as they install their car seats and will offer tips and advice about the car seat they are using.
For more information, call Anna Lippard at 587-8225.