National Take-Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs in your home. Do you have some old prescriptions that you never finished in the back of your medicine cabinet? Perhaps an older family member recently passed away, and you’re not sure what to do with all the medications they left behind.if you miss the National Take Back Day, you can still safely dispose of prescription drugs at the following local medication disposal sites-click here:
Influenza (flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. The best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated every year. The Health Department provides flu shot clinics each Monday-Friday from 8:00a.m.-11:30a.m. and 1:00p.m.-4:30p.m. for children and adults. Residents are encouraged to bring all insurance information including Medicare and Medicaid. The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. For more information contact the Health Department at 910-893-7550 or click on the title to view the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site.
Larvicides are products to help control mosquitoes, they work by killing mosquito larvae. “Mosquito Dunks” which are round-shaped product that are placed in water, where it floats. Each dunk will be effective for 30 days in standing water and will cover 100 square feet of surface. The Health Department is providing free “Mosquito Dunks” to county residents. If you would like a packet of mosquito dunks, come to the Health Department located 307 W Cornelius Harnett Blvd in Lillington. Our office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm. If you have questions, please contact us at 910-893-7547 or 910-893-7550.
Did you know that SIDS is the leading cause of death in infants between one month and one year? Each year, about 4,000 infants die unexpectedly during sleep time, from SIDS, accidental suffocation, or unknown causes. This is a great time for parents of small children to learn about a safe sleep environment. To find out more about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC)collaboration with the National Institutes of Health on their Safe to Sleep campaign, click on the title.
For young children, Halloween night is one of the best of the year. There’s trick-or-treating, classroom parties, and even trips to a neighborhood haunted house. But, we often draw a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns. On Halloween, children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed than on any other day of the year. Trick-or-treating can be dangerous if kids and parents are not careful. Take a look at some vital tips before you accompany your child on Halloween.
Mammography screening remains the best available method to detect breast cancer early. When breast cancer is found early, chances of survival are higher. A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast and is the most effective way to detect breast cancer early. The Health Department provides access to mobile mammography screenings in partnership with Rex Mobile Mammography. Screenings will be held on November 15, 2018. *For women who are uninsured and need a mammogram funding assistance is available for those who meet specific criteria. For an application see the Downloads Box or call our office at 910-814-6197 or 910-893-7550. Pre-registration is required.
Every patient should ask questions when getting a new prescription. This is especially important when your doctor, dentist or other health care professional prescribes you an opioid, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, codeine and morphine. Prescription opioids are powerful pain-reducing medications that include prescription oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine, among others, and have both benefits as well as potentially serious risks. These medications can help manage pain when prescribed for the right condition and when used properly. But when misused or abused, they can cause serious harm, including addiction, overdose and death.What should you ask? Click here or on the title to view the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) "What to Ask Your Doctor Before Taking Opioids: A Checklist.
Medicines play an important role in treating many conditions and diseases, but when they are no longer needed it’s important to dispose of them properly to avoid harm to others. Help protect your family, community, and the environment. Dispose of your unused medications properly. For a list of environmentally safe drug disposal sites, click on the title.
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