San Luis Obispo to hold Drug Take Back Day, encourages community members to clean out medicine cabinets

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — San Luis Obispo will be participating in the annual Drug Take Back Day on October 24.

The event will be held from 10 am to 2 pm at the California Highway Patrol Parking lot at 675 California Boulevard in San Luis Obispo.

The event will be free with a no contact drive-thru that will follow COVID-19 Public Health safety measures to ensure everyone’s safety.

CHP will be working with the SLO County Opioid Safety Coalition to facilitate the safe disposal of medication while also offering privacy to residents dropping off their prescription drugs.

Since 2016, the organization has collected close to 2,000 pounds of prescription drugs.

According to data from the Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program, drug overdoses have spiked up to about 18 percent due to the pandemic.

The organization says people across the nation have been faced with isolation, anxiety, uncertainty, financial worries

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Rpharmy Announces Rhazdrugs, Digital Reference of Hazardous Drug Handling, Disposal Requirements for Healthcare Facilities

By Integrating Critical Information at Point of Care, Rhazdrugs Improves Frontline Healthcare Staff Safety, Raises Bar for USP 800 Compliance

Rpharmy, a leading provider of medical formulary management and hazardous drug safety information software solutions, raises the bar in USP 800 compliance with Rhazdrugs, a searchable hazardous drugs database accessible at the point of care improving visibility, frontline healthcare staff safety, and compliance with regulations including USP 800.

“Typically, nurses, doctors and healthcare staff access USP 800 hazardous drugs handling and disposal requirements through hard and digital copies of the drug information provided by their pharmacy director, risk compliance department, and other stakeholders. These copies are kept on an intranet, multiple spreadsheets and documents as well as binders with printed information and require extra effort on the part of healthcare providers to ensure their own safety. While this method meets baseline USP 800 compliance, it is a tedious practice that

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Heartbroken Brit who woke from coma to learn pal was dead after group ‘took teeth whitening treatment drug’ pays tribute

A HEARTBROKEN Brit who woke from a coma to learn his pal was dead after they reportedly took a teeth-whitening drug’ has paid tribute to his friend.

Richard Molloy, Declan Carson and Aaron Callaghan were taken ill on Saturday after they are suspected to have taken a medical drug before dental work in Didim, Turkey.

Aaron Callaghan (left) shared this photo of himself with Declan Carson (centre) and Richard Molloy (right)


Aaron Callaghan (left) shared this photo of himself with Declan Carson (centre) and Richard Molloy (right)Credit: Aaron Callaghan/Facebook
All three men travelled to Turkey for dental work


All three men travelled to Turkey for dental workCredit: Aaron Callaghan/Facebook
Aaron Callaghan shared this update on Facebook today


Aaron Callaghan shared this update on Facebook today

Molloy, 33, died while Declan and Aaron, all DJs from Ardoyne, North Belfast, were left in a coma in a critical condition.

Today, Aaron wrote about the death of his friend and shared an update about his own condition on Facebook.

“Thank you folks for all the well wishes and messages, too many

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Health officials scramble to explain details of Trump’s $200 drug discount card

The official, one of several who briefed the media on the condition of anonymity, offered only one new detail: Some of the cards will go out before the election, while others will not arrive until after voters choose between Trump and his Democratic rival, former vice president Joe Biden.

With that showdown looming, Democrats blasted the administration for proposing to take $6.6 billion from Medicare and spend it on a one-time break for older Americans, a critical voting bloc for both candidates.

They criticized Trump for suggesting he would pay for the move with savings from a separate program that has yet to begin. Under that initiative, Trump wants to tie the price of some drugs covered by Medicare to lower prices available in some other countries with governments that have the authority to negotiate prices with pharmaceutical companies.

“After failing to take real action to lower seniors’ prescription drug

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Challenge Trials in the Works; CDC Staff Woes; Drug With N=21 Worth a Shot?

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Challenge studies with COVID-19 vaccines that deliberately expose participants to the virus are under discussion in Great Britain — but not with Sanofi’s vaccine, the company stressed. (BBC, Reuters)

The FDA wants to use relatively strict standards for COVID vaccine emergency authorizations, but will the White House allow it? (Politico)

As of 8:00 a.m. ET Thursday, the unofficial U.S. COVID-19 tally stood at 6,935,414 cases and 201,920 deaths — reflecting increases of 37,873 and 1,102, respectively, since Wednesday.

Scientists analyzed a large collection of genetic sequences of SARS-CoV-2 and found that the virus has been mutating and possibly become more contagious, according to a paper released before peer review. (Washington Post)

Britain said to be at another tipping point in COVID, and Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland are taking different safety measures than England. (

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Prescription Drug And Healthcare Costs Are Rising

Over the last 100 years, the practice of medicine has come a long way. More focus on evidence-based research, new innovations in medical technology, and novel therapeutic and treatment methods are just some of the ways that modern medicine has been able to increase both quality of life and the average life expectancy of society. However, one major area of concern in the last decade has been prescription drug pricing.

Late last week, famed pharmaceutical information and discount company GoodRx published a report titled “Prices for Prescription Drugs Rise Faster Than Any Other Medical Good or Service.” After comparing The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index to the GoodRx Drug List Price Index, the comprehensive report found that “while prices for most medical goods and services are rising, prescription drugs have seen the largest increase. Since 2014, prescription drug prices have increased by 33%. During the same period, other

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The Psychology of Drug Addiction

There is, of course, a reason why people become addicted to drugs. The psychological aspect of addiction is extremely powerful. The human mind is a marvellous thing, and the thoughts we have can become all-ruling in our lives.

Because we are these complex creatures, with thinking and reasoning capabilities, we can often discount the mind as only a small part of what we are. This is totally wrong, and in fact the psychiatric implications of drug use (or more properly drug abuse) are ever present, and can cause major disruption in the life of an addict.

So just what exactly are we talking about here? The psychological aspects of the mind, and how it can control our lives, has been well known to professionals in the field for many years. For example, if one is the child of an addict, be it drugs, alcohol, or whatever, your own mind will … Read More

10 Prescription Drug Safety Tips That Can Save Your Life

Prescription drugs are supposed to make our lives better. However, if not properly used, these life-savers can become silent killers. Follow these 10 vital tips for safe prescription drug use.

  1. Tell Your Doctor & Pharmacist What Else You’re Taking: Harmful drug interactions are surprisingly common, and extremely dangerous. Before going to the doctor’s or a pharmacy, make a list of all the drugs and supplements you’re currently taking and present this list to your health care provider. It just might save your life.
  2. Review the Side Effects: Before popping that first pill, take a few minutes to read the warning labels provided with every prescription. These warnings are there for a reason.
  3. Don’t Take Drug Given by Others: Well meaning friends and family members may think they know what you need, but don’t trust a drug given to you by anyone besides your pharmacist.
  4. Get Your Pharmacist’ Advice: Recently while
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Ways Schools Can Fight A Drug Menace

A combination of factors, including the ease with which drugs can be procured, alienation and peer pressure, is driving American teens toward their abuse. As a result, adolescents in high school and college do drugs on the sly. In dorm and frat parties, it has become customary to pool all drugs – stolen from elder’s medicine cabinets, or procured from vendors or pill mills – before going on the adventure ride of a collective high. However, this fun and adventure comes at a cost. As most teens doing drugs are aware of the implications of the misdemeanor once caught, they do not report to the authorities in case a peer overdoses, resulting in tragic loss of young lives.

The problem of drug abuse has spread its deadly tentacles across schools, posing a significant threat to the future of children in terms of impact on their health, academics, career and personal … Read More

Medical Marijuana – A Wonder Drug Or A Dangerous Herb?

Marijuana is a known dangerous drug that is kept illegal alongside other dangerous substances like cocaine, PCP and heroin. To some people, it should remain that way, however, there are some who strongly insist that marijuana should be legalized. This is because they believe that this herb brings no danger to one’s self or anyone. There are even groups of individuals pointing out the medical benefits of marijuana, which should not be denied to people. Still, there are some people who believe that marijuana should be further explored before making any actions.

As debates and arguments regarding medical cannabis continues to drag on, more and more researchers are continuing with their tests regarding the use of medical marijuana. Others have even come up with various strains of marijuana, which can help in treating certain illnesses. As more of these tests and researches provide scientific and credible results, more and more … Read More