Did you know that Poisoning is the #1 cause of injury-related death in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control?
During Poison Prevention week each March, the nation’s spotlight turns to focusing on poisonings and how we can best prevent them. While this issue is one that is ever present, you might be astonished to know that social media is helping dangerous trends to continue. For example, a recent “Tide Pod Challenge” finds teens accepting dares to chew laundry packets and share the experience on social media. Clearly, this could lead to poisoning. Additionally, a few years ago, there was concern about Tide Pods being confused by toddlers for candy. These two examples could be followed by many more, and remind us that all age groups are at risk, not just small children.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a statement on July 19 reminding those traveling internationally to Europe and other global areas to take action to protect themselves against the measles amid outbreaks of the disease. Here is what the article covered:
By: Stephanie Smith Cooney, Gatti Pharmacy Owner, Pharm. D.
With cases of Lyme Disease on the rise, we wanted to inform you all about the frequently asked questions regarding Lyme Disease, and how you can prevent it. The following FAQ is referenced from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
April 29th is National Drug Take-Back Day, which was initiated to create a safe an convenient way to dispose of prescription drugs. The following are a few tips and guidelines adapted from Drugs.com to follow to keep yourself and those around you safe from medication abuse:
By: Joni Carroll, Pharm. D.
Prescription drug deaths from opioid pain medications are on the rise in Pennsylvania and in Indiana County. Patients who are on opioid pain medications may be at risk of accidental overdose, even if they take their medications exactly as prescribed. The pharmacists at Gatti Pharmacy want to ensure that all of our patients have safety precautions in place while taking pain medications.
Here is what you need to know about opioids:
The Gatti Team
Information, tips and more from the Gatti Pharmacists and staff.