National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

On Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 13th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Jefferson County Law Enforcement Center at 606 3rd Street, Fairbury, NE. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or call the Sheriff’s Office at 402-729-2284.

Controlled Burns in Kansas Temporarily Affecting Outdoor Air Quality

Extensive agricultural burns in Kansas have caused temporary air quality issues in our area. Winds carrying particles and gases from these fires can make conditions like heart disease, chronic bronchitis, or emphysema worse and trigger asthma attacks. While most people will not be affected, people with these chronic respiratory health conditions should pay special attention to outdoor air conditions and take appropriate action if necessary.

If you are concerned about air quality and your health, consider:

  • Staying indoors as much as possible
  • Keeping your windows and doors closed
  • Avoiding strenuous activity outdoors
  • Making sure that your vehicle’s air conditioner is set to “re-circulate”

If you experience excessive coughing, tightness in the chest, or chest pains, you should contact your healthcare provider immediately.

This kind of planned agricultural burning is common in the spring months. The closest air quality monitoring station is in Lincoln, where they track a variety of air pollutants that can affect our health, including carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, ozone, and particulate matter.

For more information, contact Public Health Solutions at 402-826-3880.

 

Falafel King Issues Allergy Alert for “Tzatziki Sauce”

FALAFEL KING ISSUES ALLERGY ALERT

ON UNDECLARED MILK IN “Tzatziki Sauce”

 

The following recall alert was received from Nebraska Department of Agriculture, after the FDA initiated a recall of Falafel King Tzatziki Sauce.

Falafel King of Boulder, Colorado is notifying the public that its containers of Tzatziki Sauce made with sour cream contains milk, a known allergen. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products

Falafel King Tzatziki Sauce is distributed to retail stores in certain areas of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Nebraska.

Falafel King Tzatziki Sauce is sold in a 10 ounce plastic container with a black rimmed lid with the UPC #822986-70015-2 and a “Sell By” date printed on the top label. The old label on this product will have a “Sell By” date prior to 03/04/17.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with our product.

This Allergy Alert was initiated to protect the consumers after it was discovered that the Tzatziki Sauce made with sour cream was distributed in packaging that did not declare the presence of milk.

Anyone with questions may contact the Falafel King Corporate office at 303-443-1346 and ask for Amnon Gilady, Owner, Monday-Friday, 9:00a.m.–5:00p.m. MST or email at falafelkingent@aol.com

Visit the U.S. Food & Drug Administration website for more information regarding recall alerts. www.fda.gov

Good Question – Do you have a cold or the flu?

The flu is different from a cold. A cold will come on gradually with various symptoms, and the flu will come on suddenly. People who have the flu may experience some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Fever – chills/feeling feverish
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (tiredness)
  • Vomiting and diarrhea may occur; this is more common in children than adults.

*Not everyone will experience a fever with the flu.

Flu vs. Cold

Signs & Symptoms Influenza (Flu) Cold
Symptom onset  Abrupt Gradual
Fever Usual; lasts 3-4 days Rare
Aches Usual; often severe Slight
Chills Fairly common Uncommon
Fatigue, weakness Usual Sometimes
Sneezing Sometimes Common
Stuffy nose Sometimes Common
Sore throat Sometimes Common
Chest discomfort, cough Common; can be severe Mild to moderate; hacking cough
Headache Common Rare

 

For more information go to Center of Disease Control Flu & Symptom Severity

Click here for more information about the PHS Immunization Clinic. You can ask your health provider about immunizations or call PHS at 402-826-3880