Opioid Crisis Info Presented at Rotary

by | August 22, 2018 10:24 am

The Rotary Club of Swainsboro held its August 20, 2018 meeting at Catered Creations in Swainsboro. Cason DeVane welcomed everyone to the meeting. Peyton Frye provided the invocation and Ken Warnock led the pledge, and Rotary Four-Way Test. DeVane reminded everyone about the Rotary District Governor’s upcoming visit to Swainsboro on August 27 and the Wounded Warrior Banquet on September 27. For more information about the Wounded Warrior Banquet, contact Terry Reynolds.

Rotarian Carmen Tanner was in charge of the program and introduced Jeanne Blevins, chief nursing officer of Candler County Hospital.  Blevins is also the ERH Chairperson of the Regional Opioid Task Force. Blevins was joined by Linda Coleman, RN, also from Candler County Hospital.

Ms. Blevins presented facts on the opioid crisis gripping the nation. Opioids are a broad group of pain-relieving drugs that work by interacting with opioid receptors in the cells of the body. When used as directed, the medication can safely help control acute pain, but there are extreme risks when the medication is used incorrectly and addiction results. Incorrect usage involves taking more pills than prescribed, taking the pills more often than prescribed, taking the pills for a longer time period. Take the minimum dosage for the shortest time period.

On average, 115 people per day from an opioid overdose on opioids such as fentanyl, morphine, oxycontin, hydrocodone, and codeine. For every one death, there are at least 10 emergency room calls resulting from this opioid abuse. For more information, visit The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/opioids/index.html.

Properly disposal of any unused prescription drugs is essential. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. The event also helps educate the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. The next Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Rx TAKEBACK Day is October 27, 1018 and available at participating law enforcement agencies and drugstores. Learn more about How to Dispose of Unused Medicines at https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm101653.htm.

The Rotary Club of Swainsboro is a unit of Rotary International and a member of District #6920. Find out more about Rotary International at www.rotary.org. Also, like Swainsboro Rotary at https://www.facebook.com/SwainsboroRotary.

Article by Gail Ware, Swainsboro Rotary Club Chair of Public Relations
Pictured:  Cason Devane, Jeanne Blevins, Linda Coleman, and Carmen Tanner

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