How To Spot An Opioid Addictionby suevscuc
The opioid epidemic has impacted all of our lives. Most of us know someone or suspect someone in our lives may have a problem. Opioid abuse is not a joke and it can cause serious illness or death to you or a loved one. If you’ve been spending time with a loved one or a friend and have noticed changes in that person it may indicate that he/she is abusing opioids. Some of the signs you should be on the lookout for include: Changes in mood or behavior Taking medication “just in case” Mood swings Trying to “borrow” medication from others Actions that are out of character and putting those around himself/herself at risk Of course these signs can also be indicative of other issues too, but they are major indicators that the person you love is abusing prescription drugs. If you notice these changes in the person’s behavior you…continue reading
Know These Five Things About Vapingby suevscuc
It has reached the level of a serious epidemic. With hundreds of people streaming in to urgent care facilities and hospitals around the state complaining of illnesses related to vaping, knowing the facts about this unhealthy habit is critical. If you take time to get information before you start down the road of vaping you will likely be able to stave off starting this addiction and future health problems. Share this information with any friends or family members who may be vaping so they know the facts as well. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine is not always the only harmful substance that may be found in one of these devices. Vaping makes someone more likely to smoke actual cigarettes in the future. The long-term impact of vaping is still unknown. Serious injuries have occured when e-cigarette batteries have exploded. The bottom line is, vaping is a significant health risk and…continue reading
What To Know About EEEby suevscuc
This season mosquitos are going beyond being an annoyance and are causing a real danger to our community. The state of Connecticut and our region have seen a dramatic increase in deaths from Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) which is a disease that is transmitted mostly by mosquitos. It is important that you protect yourself from this dangerous disease in a couple of ways: 1. Try to avoid being outside at dusk until dawn, this is when mosquitos are most active. 2. If you have to be outside wear long sleeves to avoid being bitten. 3. Always apply bug spray to keep mosquitos away. If you do get bitten by a mosquito that does not necessarily mean that you will contract EEE, but it does mean you should be aware of the symptoms of the disease which include, chills, a fever, a malaise, and arthralgia. Generally symptoms take between 2 and…continue reading
10% Of Adults 65 or Older Report Binge Drinkingby suevscuc
Binge drinking is when a drinker consumes more than 4 drinks in one sitting. The surprisingly high number of adults 65 years or older who reported binge drinking points to increased health risks that could become chronic. While the study found that binge drinkers tended to skew male, it also found that women do have a propensity to binge drinking. Many who reported binge drinking also reported having used marijuana. Binge drinking has been known to impact the treatment of illness, exacerbate disease and in some cases interact negatively with prescribed medications. Diseases like high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and diabetes were found to be exacerbated by this type of episodic binge drinking. If you suspect that a loved one or you yourself may be participating in binge drinking activities it is important to discuss this with your medical provider immediately.