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Plain City Lions Club Annual Charitable Auction is Thursday, April 25.

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Save the Date!!! April 25 will be here soon!

We always know spring is here when the Plain City Lions Club auction finally arrives. This year, those fun-loving Lions are hoping you’ll join them the last Thursday of the month and raise money for their many, many service projects and local charities. This auction, which is filled with jokes and teasing along with tons of super buys, always leaves people with full bellies, giant smiles, and empty wallets (people bid often to help support a good cause!).

You can bid on several great items at the auction including: one skid of water softener salt donated by ASE Feed and Supply, a Stihl gas string trimmer donated by Hilliard Lawn and Garden, a Lake Erie perch dinner for the lucky buyer and eleven other family members and friends (courtesy of Captain and Lion Roger Weeks and his wife, Ann), a hickory slab (live edge) coffee table handmade and donated by Lion Perry Beachy, an Adirondack Chair donated by Yutzy’s Farm Market, an Ohio flag flown over the Ohio Statehouse donated by Senator Bob Hackett, a spray-on bed liner donated by Bullet Bed Liner, and a cordless hedge trimmer donated by Beachy Small Engines.

The Lions Club Annual Dinner and Auction will be held on Thursday, April 25, in the Banquet room at Der Dutchman Restaurant in Plain City at 6:30 pm.

Tickets are $18, which includes a family style dinner and entry to the auction. The meal will be served at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 6 pm.

Tickets can be purchased at True Value Hardware (see Lion Perry Yoder), Main Street Treasures (see Lion Linda Peters), or here at the pharmacy (see Joe or Tayler). The auctioneers this year are Geoff Smith, Dan Westlake, and Jay Kurtz.

Stop in the pharmacy as soon as possible and buy your tickets! You will have a roaring good time!

Click on the flyer below to enlarge it and get extra details.

2019 Lions Dinner Auction April 25

Tips to Keep You and Your Medications Safe as Temperatures Rise. By Our Student Pharmacist, Cambree Fillis.

With temperatures outside rising, it is important to keep yourself and your medications safe!

Certain medications can increase the sensitivity of our skin to the sun, cause heat intolerance, and promote dehydration. Medications themselves can also be damaged by the sun, heat, and humidity.

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Keep yourself safe:

Due to varying mechanisms of action and side effects of certain medications, you may be at an increased risk of sunburn, heat intolerance, and/or dehydration. Medications that make the skin more prone to sunburn include, but are not limited to, antibiotics, antifungals, antihistamines, and NSAIDs. For a more comprehensive list, please refer to the end of this article.*

These medications may cause a severe burn, hives, rash, and an increased risk of skin cancer if you spend any amount of time in the sun without protection. To reduce the risk of this adverse event, take protective measures against the sun. Find shade, stay covered, and apply the appropriate sunscreen. Check back later this month for an article on how to stay safe in the sun!

Some medications can also cause heat intolerance. Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline, and antihistamines, including Benadryl, cause individuals to sweat less. This increases internal body temperatures and results in an increased risk of heat intolerance. Beta blockers, typically used for blood pressure or heart rate control, reduce blood flow to the skin. This also increases the risk of heat intolerance. Overheating due to heat intolerance can lead to heat stroke, characterized by symptoms of nausea, vomiting, changes in heart rate, confusion, and fainting. To reduce the risk of heat intolerance, stay hydrated, seek shade or air conditioning, and avoid strenuous physical activities outside.

Medications, including water pills, such as furosemide and other diuretics, work by eliminating fluid from the body and increasing the risk of dehydration. Laxatives also increase the risk of dehydration due to fluid loss. These medications, in addition to too much fun in the sun without the proper hydration, can be a dangerous combination. A good way to reduce the risk of dehydration is by maintaining an adequate fluid intake and avoiding alcoholic beverages.

Reach out to your pharmacist if you have questions regarding if these side effects are common for any of your current medications.

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Keeping your medications safe:

It is also important to consider any and all products that are temperature sensitive themselves, to ensure safety and effectiveness. Medications that are required to be stored under refrigeration should be kept around 35-40°F. Those that are to be stored at room temperature should be kept around 75-77°F, away from humidity and light. If a medication should be kept at room temperature it is best to store it in a cabinet or a drawer outside of the bathroom and out of the reach of children and pets. This storage prevents exposure to fluctuating temperatures and humidity. Otherwise, these medications can lose their potency and effectiveness, meaning you are not receiving the appropriate therapeutic amount of medications. If you do not receive therapeutic doses of insulin, blood sugar may drastically increase; if you do not receive therapeutic doses of antibiotics, infections may worsen or become resistant.

Although there may not always be a physical sign, some medications may have noticeable changes if they are damaged by the heat. Changes in smell, taste, color, and form may be observed. If you notice any of these changes, call your local pharmacy to ask questions and request refills.

0Medications that have not been stored correctly should be disposed of properly. Various police stations and fire departments have drop off boxes to dispose of damaged and/or expired medications. Additional locations will take back medications on national prescription drug take-back day, which will take place this year on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10:00am. to 2:00pm. Otherwise medications may be disposed of by mixing them with cat litter or coffee grounds and throwing the mixture into the garbage.

Additional tips to keep your medication safe:

  • Do not leave medications in the car.
  • If you are traveling, keep your medications in a cooler or insulated bag.
  • If you are traveling by plane, keep your medications in your carry-on; use a cool pack if needed.
  • Travel with only as much medication as you need for the trip.
  • If you wear an insulin pump, consider changing the insulin more frequently in the summer.

Ask your pharmacist if you have any questions regarding a medication that may have been stored incorrectly.

* Antibiotics: ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin, ofloxacin, doxycycline, tetracycline, sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim (Bactrim)

Antifungals: voriconazole, itraconazole, fluconazole, griseofulvin

Antihistamines: cetirizine, diphenhydramine, loratadine, cyproheptadine

Cholesterol lowering agents: simvastatin, atorvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin

Diuretics: hydrochlorothiazide, chlorthalidone, chlorothiazide, furosemide, triamterene

NSAIDs: ibuprofen, naproxen, celecoxib, ketoprofen

Oral contraceptives and estrogens

Antiemetics: chlorpromazine, fluphenazine, promethazine, prochlorperazine

Psoralens: methoxsalen, trioxsalen

Retinoids: acitretin, isotretinoin, tretinoin

Sulfonamides: acetazolamide, sulfadiazine, sulfasalazine, sulfisoxazole

Sulfonylureas: glipizide, glyburide

Miscellaneous medications: amiodarone, lamotrigine, quinidine.

Resources:

  1. Harrelson L. Summer Weather Doesn’t Mix With Some Medications. Accessed April 2019. https://www.agingcare.com/articles/medication-affected-by-summer-heat-151887.htm.
  2. Polk County Health Department. Keep Your Medications Away From Summer Heat! Accessed April 2019. https://www.polkcountyiowa.gov/media/189984/medication-handout.pdf.
  3. Rathner JL. Medications Can Make You More Sun and Heat Sensitive. Accessed April 2019. Published August 2012. https://www.lhsfna.org/index.cfm/lifelines/august-2012/medications-can-make-you-more-sun-and-heat -sensitive/.
  4. Stoller-Conrad J. Why you should keep medicines out of the summer heat. Accessed April 2019. Published July 2012. https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2012/07/10/156575072/why-you-should-keep-medicines-out-of- summer-heat.
  5. Tunno BB. Heat and medication: pharmacists share tips to keep your prescriptions safe. By Bianca Barr Tunno, AccuWeather staff writer. Accessed April 2019. https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/how-does-heat-affect-medications/70001730.
  6. US Food and Drug Administration. The Sun and Your Medicine. Accessed April 2019. Updated September 2015. https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/ResourcesForYou/SpecialFeatures/ucm464195.htm

 

Sending Easter Blessings.

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We want to wish everyone a very peaceful and Happy Easter. Please spend time with family and friends and enjoy the day.

If you need anything while we are closed on Easter Sunday, please call the emergency after-hours number: 614-240-8421.

Have a blessed day.

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The 49th Earth Day is April 22. Plant Trees and Pick Up Trash!

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We are one year away from the 50th anniversary of Earth Day which began in 1970. As we celebrate the 49th annual Earth Day this year, I’m focusing on two of my simple goals (that anyone can do) for improving the world around me: planting more trees and picking up trash.

Planting Trees:

The Earth Day Network has called on activists to plant 7.8 billion trees, one tree for every person on the planet, as Earth Day heads toward its 50th Anniversary in 2020. Beyond their goal of planting trees, in 2019, the Earth Day Network has chosen a theme of Protect Our Species.

The City of Columbus also has an initiative to plant 300,000 trees by the 2020 Earth Day weekend.

To go along with the idea of planting trees to save the Earth, One Tree Planted allows you to donate $1 to plant one tree.

The Nature Conservancy is also asking people to donate this year for their “Plant a Billion Trees” project.

The Ohio Chapter of the Sierra Club will be celebrating with various events. They are looking for volunteers to help them plant 200 trees this Saturday, April 20, from 9 am to noon.

By the way, National Arbor Day is April 26. Plant trees throughout April as you celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day. For more information on Arbor Day, visit the Arbor Day Foundation web site HERE.

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Picking up Trash:

You can volunteer to pick up trash in the City of Columbus by visiting their site HERE. Learn about volunteer activities throughout Central Ohio on the Keep Columbus Beautiful volunteer site HERE.

You can also sign up as a group to Adopt-A-Highway for litter pick up. The Knights of Columbus at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church will be holding their first Adopt-A-Highway trash clean up on April 27. Email Mark Needham by April 22 (email: hamms1865@yahoo.com) if you would like to help.

Honestly, you don’t have to sign up to pick up trash. Just go out and do it. Anywhere you look, you can find tons of cups and bags and cigarette butts lying around. It’s not only good for the community to pick up trash, it’s also good exercise for you. And you’ll feel better not only physically, but mentally after you’ve loaded up a bag of trash and see your amazing results.

Earth Day events:

Green Columbus and Earth Day Columbus will celebrate their 13th Earth Day on Saturday, April 20 at Genoa Park from 12-8 pm. There will be food trucks, kids’ activities, and Central Ohio bands.

Like Green Columbus on Facebook HERE.

It’s time to get involved and do all that you can to protect our planet on this Earth Day and every other day of the year.

Free Electronic Waste and Appliance Recycling on Saturday, April 20 from 9 am to 1 pm at Union Recyclers.

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On Saturday, April 20, there will be a FREE electronic waste and appliance recycling day from 9 am to 1 pm (rain or shine) at Union Recyclers, 15140 US Route 36 East in Marysville.

Items that will be accepted from households, businesses, industries, schools, and the government at NO Charge include: Computers, any and all types of cable and wire, cameras, servers, VCRs, Monitors, DVD Players, all types of cell phones, keyboards and mice, CD and DVD media, battery backup systems, flat screen computer monitors, scanners, printers, fax machines, copiers, all stereo equipment, video games, video game systems, all phone equipment, speakers, floppy disks, microwaves, sweepers, and other household electronics.

Televisions will be accepted for a fee of $30 each. There is a $10 Fee for each CRT (cathode ray tubes found in most computer monitors) Monitor. Please pay by cash or a check.

Freon and Non-Freon appliances including refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers, stoves, dishwashers, washers, and dryers will be taken at NO CHARGE.

Aluminum beverage cans will be purchased for 5 cents over the price of the day! No 55 gallon drums/barrels of cans will be accepted.

Absolutely NO tires, light bulbs, alkaline batteries or household hazardous waste will be accepted. NO Early Drop Offs!

For more information, call Union Recyclers at 937-642-7283 or visit their web site HERE.

If a business, industry, school, or government office has a large quantity of electronic waste, contact Accurate IT to schedule a pick up date/time. Call 1-888-811-2487 or visit their web site HERE.

This event is being sponsored by the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District, Union Recyclers, Accurate IT, the Union County Commissioners, and the Union County Chamber of Commerce.