- Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 29 (2017)
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. On April 29, 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.
The Prescription Drug Take-Back program addresses an important public safety and public health issue. Many people are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing, 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.
Drop-off sites will be at the following locations:
- Fort Collins: Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 S. Timberline Road, north parking lot
- Fort Collins: Colorado State University Police Dept., 750 S. Meridian Ave.
- Loveland: Loveland Police Department, 810 E. 10th St.
- Wellington: Larimer County Sheriff's Dept., at Family Dollar parking lot, 8099 S. 6th St.
- Windsor: Windsor Police Department, 200 N. 11th St.
The service is free and anonymous. Law enforcement officers will be present with the drug disposal box 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 pet medications. 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 970-221-6540.
- Elder Care Resource Day Set for April 1 (2017)
The Elder Care Network of Northern Colorado presents the annual Elder Care Resource Day on April 1 at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive. Registration starts at 7:30am, and workshops take place from 8:00am to 1:45pm.
This year's topics include Advocating for an Older Adult, Advance Directives and End-of-Life Care, When Aging Parents Can't Manage Their Money, Senior Housing Options, Mental Health and more.
Registration is required. A $10 donation per person is suggested. You may register online, or download the registration form and mail it in. Go to www.eldercarenet.org. Registration includes three sessions, handouts and lunch. For more information, visit the website or call 970-495-3442.
The Elder Care Network is a group of organizations/individuals who work to support seniors by providing resources and information for seniors and caregivers.
- Free 8-Week Series for Parents Addresses Mental Health, Substance Use (March 2017)
The CAYAC (Child, Adolescent and Young Adult Connections) Team is hosting a free, 8-week, drop-in parent education speaker series on mental health and substance use. The series runs Wednesdays, Feb. 22 through April 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the CAYAC office, 1302 S. Shields St., A1-3, Fort Collins.
- Feb. 22 -- What are psychiatrists, psychologists and therapists? -- Jan Warner, NP, Mountain Crest and CAYAC
- March 1 -- Navigating the School System and CAYAC -- Sharon Kreider, Poudre School District and CAYAC
- March 8 -- Anxiety -- Marybeth Rigali-Oiler, Ph.D, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist
- March 22 -- Substance Use in Schools -- Sgt. Jarad Sargent, Fort Collins Police Department
- March 29 -- ADD and ADHD -- Marybeth Rigali-Oiler, Ph.D., Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist
- April 5 -- Sexuality and LGBTQ Issues -- Kimberly Chambers, NoCo Splash
- April 12 -- Depression and Suicide -- Elizabeth Sutphin, LCSW, Connections and CAYAC
- April 19 -- Cutting -- Kristen Cochran-Ward, LCSW, Connections and CAYAC
Participants can 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 Katherine, email@example.com.
CAYAC is a service of Connections, a partnership of the Health District of Northern Larimer County and SummitStone Health Partners providing 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.
- Free Cholesterol Tests in February for Health District Residents (2017)
To help northern Colorado residents keep track of their cholesterol, the Health District regularly offers cholesterol testing at locations across Fort Collins.
During American Heart Month in February, the Health District will offer free cholesterol tests for people who are Health District residents (Fort Collins, Wellington, Laporte and northern Larimer County).
A fingerstick test is used to obtain results for total cholesterol, HDL, LDL, triglycerides and blood glucose. During each 20-minute appointment, a registered nurse runs the cholesterol test and also checks blood pressure and provides health education materials. The test itself takes about 5 minutes, and the RN will explain your results, assess risk for diabetes and heart attack, and provide follow-up recommendations.
During February, cholesterol tests are free for Health District residents. Those who live outside of the Health District pay only $15. An 8-hour fast is recommended, and water and medications are permitted. For more information about testing times and locations, go to the Health District website. To schedule an appointment, call the Health District at 970-224-5209.
- Flu Cases Increasing Rapidly - But There's Still Time to Get a Flu Shot (Jan. 2017)
2017's flu season is taking off in Larimer County and across Colorado. So far this season, 26 county residents have been hospitalized with influenza - 21 of these have been since the beginning of the year. Visits to physician offices for respiratory symptoms are also increasing.
This season the predominant type of influenza has been A(H3N2), which is likely to be more severe in older adults. The average age of local residents hospitalized is 58; the median age is 65. Six nursing homes/assisted living facilities in Larimer County have been affected. Some hospital systems have implemented restrictions on visitors.
Dr. Adrienne LeBailly, Larimer County Health Department Director, stressed that even though most influenza cases are occurring in older persons, people of any age can still get very ill from the flu - especially if they have health conditions that put them at risk for flu complications. That's why she recommends flu shots for anyone over 6 months old. The component in this year's vaccine against the A(H3N2) flu has changed from prior years' vaccines and should provide better protection.
The Health Department recommends that those who have not yet had a flu vaccination get one soon, because it takes about two weeks to provide protection. The vaccine is especially important for pregnant women and people with chronic diseases. Vaccination is the best way to help prevent the flu. But it's also very important to wash hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home when you are sick to avoid spreading flu in schools and the workplace.
For more information on flu and flu vaccination, go to the CDC website. For information on Health Department's immunization clinics, go to the Health Department webpage.
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