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Stay Cool and Stay Hydrated. By Our July Student Pharmacist, Kevin Wenceslao.

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As longtime Columbus meteorologist Marshall McPeek would say, this summer has been “hazy, hot, and humid.”

This past week alone, the average temperature was 84℉ with the humidity around 97%. Not only does the high temperature and humidity lower the air quality, these factors also put many people at risk for dehydration and heat-related illness.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 618 people in the U.S. are killed by extreme heat each year despite the fact that heat-related illnesses and deaths are preventable.

By understanding the warning signs of dehydration and learning how to treat and prevent those symptoms, we can help reduce the number of heat-related incidents.

To start off, dehydration is defined by excess loss of water from the body. Water is required by the body to function normally. Typically, there should be a balance between water intake and output, but that can be disrupted by various factors:

  • Excessive heat
  • Physical activity
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Sickness/High Fever
  • Medications, like diuretics (cause urination) or laxatives (cause watery bowel movements)
  • Barriers to fluid intake (sore throat or upset stomach)

In order to recognize if someone is dehydrated, there are symptoms that you can watch out for.

Mild symptoms include:

  • Feeling thirsty
  • Urinating less often
  • Having dark urine
  • Having a dry mouth.

As dehydration becomes more severe, other symptoms may develop such as:

  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Feeling light-headed.

The best way to treat dehydration is with fluids. Mild dehydration can often be self-treated by drinking water, sports drinks, or rehydration liquids such as Pedialyte, which all can be found here at Plain City Druggist. If symptoms continue or worsen over a few days, it is important to call your doctor to get help. In cases of severe dehydration, people are given intravenous fluids through an IV at the hospital.

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In summers like these, the extreme heat makes us more prone to dehydration. Not only does the hot weather directly increase our body temperatures, but it also causes us to sweat profusely and lose water more quickly.

Sweating is an important cooling mechanism for the body. As the water droplets evaporate from our skin, they also take away heat. When we are dehydrated, we lose that ability to produce sweat and cool ourselves down. If the body’s core temperature is too high, the vital organs and brain can be damaged, which leads to heat exhaustion, and, in extreme cases, heat stroke. In these severe cases, it is important to cool the affected person down and get the appropriate emergency help.

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Fortunately, dehydration is a preventable condition. Proper hydration is key, and it is important to drink throughout the day even if you’re not feeling thirsty. In hot weather or during times of physical activity, you should also drink more than you think is actually necessary.

Staying cool is also a great way to avoid dehydration. Stay indoors and avoid doing outdoor work during the hottest parts of the day from noon to 3 PM.

If being outside is unavoidable, make sure to wear a hat and loose-fitting clothing, apply sunscreen, and plan frequent breaks to drink water and cool down.

More importantly, certain people are also at greater risk of dehydration and of developing heat related illness. These include older adults over the age of 65, people with chronic medical conditions, children, and infants. Keep a close eye on friends and family during these hot and humid days, and encourage each other to stay cool and stay hydrated. If you have more questions, the CDC website is a great place to visit for tips or pop into our air-conditioned pharmacy to talk to your local pharmacist!

References:

Natural Disasters and Severe Weather. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017, June 19). Retrieved July 21, 2017, from https://www.cdc.gov/disasters/extremeheat/index.html

Patient Education: Dehydration (The Basics). UpToDate. Retrieved July 21, 2017, from https://www-uptodate-com.proxy.lib.ohio-state.edu/contents/dehydration-the-basics?source=see_link

Image Sources:
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http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/heat-illness.shtml

“Rally in the Alley” During the “Dawg Days” of July and Watch The Reaganomics “Rock the Clock,” too!

 

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If you are looking for a way to enjoy the summer heat instead of loathing it, there are some fun activities in Plain City on Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 to take your mind off the hot weather.

First off is The Dawg Daze Festival on both Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 in Pastime Park. from 12-6 pm on Friday and 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, check out flea market vendors, as well as crafts artists, and antique dealers. Additionally, there will be carnival rides on Friday from 3-9 pm and on Saturday from 12-9 pm.

The Grand Parade through downtown will take place at 2 pm on Saturday, July 22.

Chris Clark, from Jan and Tony’s Pizza, is generously awarding $100 to the best float, display, or artistic endeavor in the parade. There will also be an award of $50 to second place and $25 to third.

All kids participating in the parade (either on floats, bikes, or little cars) will receive a special prize just for being involved. Please be at the north entrance of Pastime Park at 1:00 pm if you plan to be in the parade. Line up begins at 1:30 pm.

Admission to Pastime Park is free. The Dawg Daze Festival is being sponsored by The Plain City Events Committee. 

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The Rally in the Alley behind the Ol’ 42 Grubhouse, 138 West Main Street, will feature food, music, beer, and wine, as well as giveaways from 5-9 pm on Saturday, July 22. Jordan Ranly will be the featured musician. The music usually gets underway around 6 pm.

There will be a final Rally in the Alley on Saturday, August 19 with Byrd Manning providing music.

UPCO is sponsoring the Rally in the Alley Saturdays each month during the summer to bring people in to uptown Plain City.

To find out more, visit the Ol’ 42 Grub House web site HERE or the Uptown Plain City Organization (UPCO) web site HERE.

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Additionally, Pioneer Pizza will be featuring a “Rock the Clock” event on Saturday, July 22 from 6-11:30 pm. For the location of “Rock the Clock,” see the map below (intersection of 161 and Chillicothe Street).

From 6-7:30 pm, The Scott Hunter Band will perform. From 8-11 pm, The Reagonomics will take the stage. This event is being sponsored by Pioneer Pizza, Honda Marysville, Impact60, and the Ohio Premier Soccer Club.

Plain City will be filled with music and laughter on Saturday thanks to the Ol’42 Grubhouse and Pioneer Pizza.

 

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Unused, Unwanted, and Unsafe: What To Do with Old Medications? By Our July Student Pharmacist, Kevin Wenceslao.

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Do you have unused medications sitting around in your medicine cabinet? Are you afraid that a family member or loved one might accidentally take or use that medicine? Do you know how to properly dispose of those medications?

For this week’s topic, Plain City Druggist is here to explain why it’s important to get rid of old prescription medications and to also educate on how to dispose of them properly.

To start off, there are a number of reasons why people may have old medications laying around.

  • Medications are often stopped or changed for a variety of reasons: allergic reactions, side effects, or lack of effectiveness.
  • Other medicines, such as painkillers or rescue inhalers, are taken only “as needed” and may not be completely used up by the time they expire.
  • Someone in the family may have died and other family members are not sure what to do with those medications.

In any case, holding on to these old medications can lead to problems such as overdose, accidental poisoning, or even drug abuse.

Medications do not last forever; all medicine has an expiration date. Typically, all prescription drugs have a “discard by” date on the label, and over-the-counter (OTC) medications have an expiration on the original container. After a drug expires, it can lose effectiveness or become harmful. Simply having an expired medicine in your house can increase the risk of you or your family member taking it by mistake which could lead to accidental poisoning. If you are ever unsure if a drug is expired, don’t hesitate to call your local pharmacist at Plain City Druggist to ask.

Another potential hazard of keeping unused medications, especially controlled substances like opiates, is the risk of misuse and abuse. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) mentions that studies have shown that many abused prescription drugs are often obtained from friends and family. These drugs are easily accessible because they are commonly kept in a place like the medicine cabinet where they can quickly be found. The potential for abuse is why it is important to discard any unused medicine when you no longer need it. By getting rid of these drugs in a proper manner, you can help prevent abuse.

So now the question is, how do I get rid of these old medicines in a safe and responsible manner?

Luckily, there are a number of options available for you right here in Plain City. First and foremost, if you ever need help with disposing of a medication, Plain City Druggist is a great place to start. We are always happy to answer questions and provide information about local drug take back facilities and programs. Every year, Madison County hosts a Drug Take Back Day in April. This event serves to educate the public and encourage the community to bring back expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications. Furthermore, this process is anonymous and no questions will be asked at the event.

In addition to this event, there are three local sites that have permanent drop off boxes that can be used throughout the year:

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  • Union County Sheriff’s Office:
    221 West 5th St, Marysville, OH 43040
  • Pleasant Valley Fire Deparment:
    650 West Main St. Plain City, OH 43064
  • Richwood Police Department:
    153 North Franklin St. Richwood, OH 43344

If these options are not accessible to you, there are also ways to dispose of medicines at home. In order to prevent harming others or the environment, and to reduce the risk of abuse, there are specific instructions when it comes to disposing of medications at home.

The FDA recommends following these steps when disposing of drugs in the trash:

  • Mix the medicine with unpalatable substances like used coffee grounds, kitten litter, or dirt and placing it in a sealable container before throwing it out in the trash.
  • The original bottle should be thrown away separately with all the information scratched out.
  • Some medications are especially harmful if taken by mistake or have a high potential for abuse, and the FDA actually recommends flushing these medicines down the toilet to reduce those risks.

Click HERE for the FDA list of medications that should be disposed by flushing.

As you can see, keeping expired, unused, or unwanted medications in the household can lead to many problems. Proper disposal of these medicines can help keep you and your family safe. In addition to having a local pharmacy like Plain City Druggist as a resource, the FDA website also has great sources with more in-depth information about drug disposal.

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to come in to the pharmacy to ask!

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References:

Drug Disposal Information. (n.d.). U.S. Department
of Justice. Drug Enforcement Administration. Retrieved July 14, 2017, from https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov /drug_disposal/index.html

Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. (n.d.).
Special Features – Don’t Be Tempted to Use Expired Medicines. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved July 14, 2017, from https://www.fda.gov/drugs/resourcesforyou/specialfeatures/ucm481139.htm

Commissioner, O. O. (n.d.). Consumer Updates – How
to Dispose of Unused Medicines. .S. Food and Drug Administration. Retrieved July 14, 2017, from https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm101653.htm

Press, M. (2017, April 11). Drug ‘Take-Back’ in
Plain City this month. AIM Media West Operating. Retrieved July 14, 2017, from http://www.madison-press.com/news/249995/drug-take-back-in-plain-city-this-month

68th Annual Steam Show and Reunion will Feature John Deere!

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The 68th Annual Meeting of the Miami Valley Steam Threshers will take place from Thursday, July 13 to Sunday, July 16 in Pastime Park in Plain City. This year, the 2017 show will feature John Deere.

As always, the Grand Parade through downtown Plain City will take place on Friday, July 14 at 6 pm. There will also be lawnmower races on Friday night and truck and tractor pulls on Saturday and Sunday.

The Ohio Village Muffins will play against the Plain City Baseball Association coaches on Friday at 7 pm.

General admission is $5 at the gate. Thursday is $2 admission for senior citizens. Children 12 and under are admitted FREE with an adult. Annual membership is $15 and includes two show passes.

For information, visit the Miami Valley Steam Show web site HERE.

For a complete schedule, go HERE.

Additionally, please visit the Plain City Lions Club booth at the Steam Show for their sausage sandwiches and bratwursts. The Lions stand is a huge charitable money maker for the Plain City Club and allows them to carry out their good deeds throughout the year. All of the money raised at the Steam Show goes back into the local community.

The Lions Club Stand is open from 6 am to 10 pm and they also serve breakfast. You can get pancakes, sausage, biscuits and gravy, and eggs (any way you like them).

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Meet Our Student Pharmacist for July from The Ohio State University: Kevin Wenceslao.

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This month, we are joined in the pharmacy and lab by Kevin Wenceslao, a fourth year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University’s College of Pharmacy. Kevin will graduate in May 2018 and will then take the test to become a registered pharmacist. Kevin will be with us throughout July, so please stop by and meet him while he is in the store. Show him the Plain City hospitality!

Here is what Kevin tells us about himself:

Hello, everyone! My name is Kevin Wenceslao.  I am the fourth-year pharmacy student from The Ohio State University who will be on rotation here at Plain City Druggist. Throughout the month, I will be on-site helping out in the pharmacy. The previous pharmacy student, Mackenzie, and I have partnered up with Jennifer and PCD to participate in the Partner for Promotion program. In this project, we will be working together to design a new service to help expand quality patient care in this community setting.

Originally born in the Philippines, I moved to Illinois when I was five-years-old. Since then, I completed my undergraduate studies at Iowa State University and ended up going to OSU for my pharmacy doctorate. As you can see, I really enjoy living in the Midwest and experiencing frigid winters and burning summers. When I’m not doing something pharmacy-related, which is rare, I enjoy playing sports like volleyball and binge eating food from the many food trucks Columbus has to offer.

Currently, I work at the OSU Medication Management Program which is a call center dedicated to completing medication reviews for patients throughout the country. I am greatly interested in working in a managed care setting eventually due to its big picture approach to pharmacy. By working in the community and meeting its residents, I hope to keep those experiences in mind when advocating for health care changes at the larger level.

All in all, I am excited to work with everyone here at PCD and look forward to meeting new people who come into the store. This will be the first independent and compounding pharmacy I have worked at, so I am excited to learn more about these new areas. If you see me, please don’t hesitate to stop by and say hello!

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