- Great American Smokeout on Nov. 15, 2018
The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. The Great American Smokeout challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps people know about the many tools they can use to help them quit and stay quit. By quitting - even for one day - smokers will be taking an important step toward a healthier life.
Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the United States, yet nearly 38 million Americans still smoke cigarettes.
The health benefits of quitting start immediately from the moment you stop smoking. Quitting while you are younger will reduce your health risks more, but quitting at any age can give back years of life that would be lost by continuing to smoke. For general information from the American Cancer Society, go to www.cancer.org.
Locally, the Health District of Northern Larimer County offers group classes and individual support, as well as free nicotine patches, gum, or lozenges while you're in the program. Our experienced Tobacco Treatment Specialists have a positive, supportive approach with proven techniques for quitting smoking/quitting tobacco use. Sliding-fee scales are available for Health District residents. For details about our Quit Tobacco program, call 970-224-5209. Or visit the Health District website.
- Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Oct. 27, 2018
On Sat., Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local law enforcement and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide an opportunity to properly dispose of unneeded and/or expired prescription medications.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse of medications. Many people are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
As of mid-Oct., drop-off sites have been confirmed at the following locations:
- Fort Collins: Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 S. Timberline Road, north parking lot
- Loveland: Loveland Police Department, 810 E. 10th St.
- Windsor: Windsor Police Department, 200 N. 11th St.
- Wellington: Family Dollar Parking Lot (Larimer County Sheriff's Office staff), 8099 6th St.
The service is free and anonymous. Law enforcement officers will be present with the drug disposal boxes at all times. At the conclusion of the event, the boxes will be sealed and turned over to the DEA for proper disposal.
Many kinds of prescription and over-the-counter medications may be brought to this event for disposal, including medications for your pets. However the following items will NOT be accepted: liquids, intravenous solutions, injectables/needles, syringes, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters, and illicit drugs.
DEA website for additional information and other local drop-off sites.
Information on environmentally sound disposal methods that minimize opportunities for misuse and protect the environment will be available at the Fort Collins collection site. Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash could cause pollution of lakes, streams, and water supplies and pose potential safety and health hazards.
Fort Collins Police Services also has a year-round drug take-back program with a secure bin for the collection of prescription/over-the-counter drugs. Residents may drop off unneeded or expired over-the-counter and prescription medications in the Fort Collins Police Services lobby, 2221 S. Timberline Road, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The same restrictions on eligible/ineligible items apply (see above). For additional information contact Fort Collins Police Services at 970-419-3273.
- Rabies in Larimer County (Oct. 2018)
As of mid-Oct. 2018, the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has confirmed that 35 skunks, 6 bats, and a coyote have tested positive for rabies in Larimer County. So far, the skunks have been found in Berthoud, Loveland, Fort Collins, Timnath, Wellington, and Carr. The bats were found in Loveland, Johnstown, and Fort Collins. The coyote was north of Buckeye Road.
Rabies can infect any warm-blooded mammal, but in Larimer County it is most commonly found in bats and skunks. Skunk rabies may pose a greater risk to pets and people because -- as ground-based animals -- they may interact more with people and pets than a rabid bat would.
If you see a skunk, bat, or another animal that's behaving strangely, keep your distance and call the Larimer Humane Society's animal control number at 970-226-3647, #7. Unusual skunk behavior can include being out during the daytime, being aggressive, turning in circles, or appearing tame and unafraid of people or pets.
The Department of Health and Environment reminds pet owners to keep their animals' rabies vaccinations up to date to prevent lengthy and costly quarantines -- or even euthanasia -- if pets have an encounter with a rabid animal. Livestock owners should check with their veterinarians about rabies vaccinations for their horses, cattle, and other livestock.
Ways to protect you and your family:
- Do not feed or touch wildlife.
- Teach children to observe wildlife from a distance and to notify an adult if there is a wild animal in the area or if they are bitten or scratched.
- Eliminate food sources for wild animals by not feeding pets outdoors, closing pet doors (especially at night), and tightly closing garbage cans and feed bins.
- Ensure that your pets, horses, and livestock are up to date on their rabies vaccinations.
For the latest information on rabies in Larimer County, visit the county website.
- Community Conversations: Aging in Larimer County (Oct. 2018)
As our community ages, older adults will need access to resources and services to maintain their independence and quality of life.
The Larimer County Office on Aging develops a new strategic plan every four years to add, update, or adjust programs and resources already in place.
Fort Collins and Loveland residents are invited to participate in community conversations to share their vision of what makes Larimer County a great place to age in place. What is your vision for aging in Larimer County? For example, what suggestions do you have for improving our transportation system? What services are needed to help you remain independent in your home?
Loveland residents are invited to share their vision, opinions, and suggestions on the future of aging at a community conversation hosted by the Larimer County Office on Aging on Oct. 15, 2018, at 1:00pm, at the Chilson Center in Loveland.
Fort Collins residents can share their ideas on Oct. 24, 3:00pm, at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive.
To register for either of these community conversations, call the Larimer County Office on Aging at 970-498-7792.
- Parent Education Speaker Series, Oct. 2018
The CAYAC (Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Connections) Team is hosting a free, drop-in parent education speaker series on mental health and substance use. The series runs on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in Oct., 5:30-6:30 p.m. The location for all of these discussions (except Oct. 16) will be at the Health District offices, 120 Bristlecone Drive, in north Fort Collins. The Oct. 16 session will be held at the CAYAC office, 1302 S. Shields St., A1-3.
- Wed., Oct. 3 -- What is going on in their brain: Neurodevelopmental changes and societal perspectives affecting teenagers today.
- Wed., Oct 10 -- Self care: Taking care of yourself when you are taking care of others.
- Tues., Oct. 16 -- Play therapy 101: A parent's guide to play therapy and how it can help. (At the CAYAC office.)
- Wed., Oct. 24 -- Teens and substance use: Education and resources for parents.
Participants are welcome to attend a single session or the whole series. There is no charge, but reservations are required. Dinner is provided. For more information or to reserve a space, email Ana, email@example.com.
CAYAC is a service of Connections, a partnership of the Health District of Northern Larimer County and SummitStone Health Partners. Connections provides answers, options, and support for mental health and substance use challenges. The CAYAC Team includes staff from the Health District, SummitStone Health Partners, and Poudre School District.
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