Combining prescriptions or using alcohol with a particular medication may inadvertently cause depression, anxiety, or physical health problems. Here are some tips.
- Know that some medicines do not mix well with other medications, including over-the-counter medications and herbal remedies.
- Note changes in body weight. These changes can influence the amount of medicine needed.
- Read labels on medications carefully and follow the directions.
- Look for pictures or statements that prohibit drinking alcohol while taking a certain medicine.
- Talk to a health care professional about all medications, including prescription ones, over-the-counter medicines, and vitamins.
Go through the medicine chest and get rid of expired medicines regularly. The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has a box where you can safely dispose of all unused and or expired medication.
More than half of all American kids will try drugs at least once between first and 12th grade. You can influence your child’s decision. Here are some tips to help you steer your child in the right direction.
- Recognize that this is your job. You have the greatest influence on your kids. Don’t leave drug prevention to the school.
- Start early. Help your kids form attitudes toward drugs early. If they know drugs are bad long before they’re offered any, it will be easier for them to say no when that time comes.
- Keep it simple. Be firm and clear about what you believe and the behavior you expect from your kids.
- Encourage personal responsibility. Self-reliance begins when kids take on some degree of responsibility. Responsible kids make wise choices about drug use.
- Be a good role model. No matter what you tell your children, behavior speaks volumes.
- Know how to handle your own substance abuse history. While it may be tempting, avoid talking about your own experimentation with alcohol or drugs. Your child may take this as evidence that such behavior is acceptable or harmless. However, if you are in recovery yourself, you may want to share your experience and describe how you were able to overcome addiction.
- Reason with your kids. As your children grow up, rules won’t be enough. They need information about the use of alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Talk with them, not just to them.
- Listen. Listen to your child; encourage them to tell you what they think.
- Know your kids’ friends. Get to know your kids’ friends and their families. Are these kids likely to succumb to peer pressure? What are the other parents views on experimentation?
- Don’t worry. Taking a firm stand against drug use will not damage your relationship with your child. Many kids are looking for a good reason to avoid trying drugs, so it helps if they can explain, “My mom and dad would kill me, if I did.”
Try to get your friend or loved one to respond. Call their name. Shake them. Try to wake them up. If you can’t wake them up, immediately call 911. If you are afraid, leave when the rescue unit gets there…
But Never Let Them Sleep it Off!
You may be the only person who can make a difference. If you don’t help, your friend or family member may suffer permanent brain damage or die.
Symptoms of prescription drug overdose
If you, or any of your friends, have taken prescription pain relievers, here are the danger signs to watch for:
- Slow breathing (less than ten breaths a minute is really serious trouble)
- Small, pinpoint pupils
- Being tired, nodding off or passing out
- Apathy (they don’t care about anything)
- Cold and clammy skin
- Information obtained from the Food and Drug Administration.
Federal prisons are currently at 40 percent over capacity. But changes to the drug sentencing laws are expected turn around that statistic. Many say the measure will promote alternative sentences like treatment.
Full article at mysuncoast.com
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate some of their own.
On Friday, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office arrested two former deputies for possessing anabolic steroids.
Deputy Christopher Tucker and Sgt. Tom Frank were busted after purchasing the drugs from a confidential informant.
The two men are currently out on bond.
Read more at wfla.com
This portion of the Dec. 5 Local Matters show features Nancy Page, Clinical Advisor of Special Services at the First Step recovery and detox facility in Sarasota. Nancy provided an overview of the operation and provided insight into what is entailed in a short-term detox session. She also shared her wisdom on the causes of addiction and why some people get addicted and some don’t.
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SARASOTA, Fla., November 30, 2012 – First Step of Sarasota, Inc. is pleased to accept a $10,000 grant from the Wilson-Wood Foundation. Funds will be used for new furniture at First Step’s residential Choices program, a residential substance abuse treatment program for adult males.
“First Step is grateful to the Wilson-Wood Foundation for this grant award,” said First Step President and CEO David Beesley. He added, “the men who enter the Choices program have made a commitment to make drastic changes in their lives. While in the eyes of many, the purchase of furniture may seem ordinary, the clients are always appreciative when they receive community support, which helps their self-confidence and contributes to their overall success.”
Since 1968, First Step has provided affordable substance abuse treatment and prevention programs to Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto Counties.
For more information on First Step, visit www.fsos.org <http://www.fsos.org> or contact Kelly French at 941-552-2065.
Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte and Desoto counties are working together to end prescription drug abuse in 2011. Watch this ABC7 news broadcast for more information.
First Step of Sarasota Receives Grant
First Step of Sarasota, the region’s leader in substance abuse treatment and prevention programs, is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to install keyless entry door locks at the Residential campus on North Washington Boulevard in Sarasota.
David J. Beesley, President and CEO, of First Step stated, “We are grateful for the Gulf Coast’s support with this grant. Installing the new locks will provide better security for our clients. At the same time, it will allow First Step to save money in changing locks as clients come and go from our residential treatment programs.”
First Step of Sarasota has provided high quality, affordable substance abuse treatment and recovery programs on Florida’s Gulf Coast for over 40 years. Last year, nearly 14,000 individuals were served through the agency’s prevention and treatment programs. For more information about First Step, go to www.fsos.org or contact Kelly French at 941-552-2065.
Gulf Coast Community Foundation inspires people and mobilizes resources to transform the communities it serves. Gulf Coast is a public charity that was created in late 1995 and, since it began making grants in 1996, has funded more than $123 million in the areas of arts and culture, health and human services, education, civic affairs, and the environment. Gulf Coast is the largest community foundation in Florida.