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ADAS is the Single County Authority (SCA) for Cameron, Elk and McKean counties. Pregnant women receive preferential services and are a priority population for treatment. There are no treatment service limitations for pregnant women.
November is COPD awareness month. COPD is a lung disease characterized by shortness of breath, wheezing, tightness in chest, coughing, and excessive mucus production in the lungs. Each year, over 120,000 Americans die as a result of complications from COPD, while many more suffer severe disability from it. Currently, there are more than 12 million diagnosed cases of COPD in the United States, but experts estimate at least 12 million more may have the disease, but are undiagnosed. COPD is a blanket disease that includes Emphysema and Chronic Bronchitis. Currently there is no cure for COPD, but there is effective treatment for the disease. The earlier COPD is diagnosed and treated, the better patients respond to the treatment.
There are several risk factors for developing COPD. Smoking is one of the biggest risk factors for developing COPD. 80% to 90% of people diagnosed with COPD are either current smokers or former smokers. If you currently smoke, quitting now will greatly reduce your chances of developing COPD. The environment in which you live is also a major risk factor of developing COPD. Exposure to dust and chemical fumes is attributed to 19% of COPD cases in smokers, and 31% of COPD cases in non-smokers. Genetics are also another factor in developing COPD. It appears that COPD may run in families, and this may be due to our genetic programming. Some studies have indicated that adults having Asthma may be 12 times more likely to develop COPD than those without Asthma.
If you are concerned that you or a loved one may have COPD, please consult a doctor to be tested and treated.
For more information on COPD, and Lung Disease, and information on how to quit smoking, check out the following links:
Red Ribbon Week will be celebrated this year from October 21st through October 31st this year. The nationwide drug prevention awareness program has chosen “A Healthy me is Drug Free!” for this year’s theme.
Red Ribbon Week is celebrated to remember the life of Drug Enforcement Administration’s agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena. Agent Camarena was kidnapped, tortured and ultimately killed in 1985 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Agent Camarena was working for over four years as an uncover agent in that region of Mexico, that helped eradicate a multi-million dollar drug cartel.
The public outcry over Agent Camarenas’ death sparked residents of his home town in Calexico, California to wear red ribbons in his remembrance. The movement then became a symbol for drug prevention. A year after his death, the state of California adopted the Red Ribbon Week campaign. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan recognized Red Ribbon Week nationally.
Red Ribbon Week is still celebrated after 25 years. Many local schools hold Red Ribbon Week events and activities during the week. To find out if your school has any activities planned for Red Ribbon Week, call the guidance counselor, or principal.
October is National Prescription Drug Awareness Month. With that in mind, it is important to remember to safely store any medicines you may be taking to safeguard them from decomposing early or to avoid accidental ingestion.
When taking medicine, whether prescription or over the counter drugs, it is important to read the labels and information packets that come with the medicine carefully to avoid problems. Any medicine should be taken as prescribed or recommended by your doctor or pharmacist. If not taken as directed, you may run the risks of overdose, have unwanted side effects, have unwanted drug interactions, become addicted, or die.
To safely store your medicines, read the labels for proper storage instructions. Most medicines are to be stored at room temperature, away from direct sunlight, and in dry places. If they are stored in places that they are not recommended for, the active ingredients will decompose faster, making the medicine less effective. All medicines should be stored in a locked secure area to avoid accidental ingestion or theft.
If you are no longer taking a prescribed medicine, or the medicine has expired, it is important to dispose of it properly. Do not throw unused medicines in the garbage or flush them down the toilet. This will cause the ground water to become polluted with the medicine.
If you have unused medicines that you are looking to safely dispose of, there will be a medicine take back event occurring in Elk County. On Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 8 am until 12 noon, there will be a medicine take back event at the Education Center in Elk Regional Health Center in St Marys. For more information on this event, please consult: