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According to an article in the New York Times the liquid used in e-cigarette can contain as much formaldehyde and other carcinogens as regular cigarettes when heated to an unsafe temperature.   When consumers use “tank systems” instead of the normal heating device in most e-cigarettes the liquid is heated considerably higher than usual. This ... Read More

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Prescription Drug Take-Back Results! April 2014 This was a safe way to reduce the amount of prescription medications that get into our water supply, landfills, and into the hands of those who would abuse them.  These unused or expired pills were taken to be destroyed, while the bottles and plastic they came in were recycled. ... Read More

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Today the FDA takes a stand on E-cigarettes:   Today, Thursday April 24, 2014 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposed rules that call for strict regulation of electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, water pipe tobacco and hookahs. What are the proposed FDA regulations?   Limit age for purchasing the products to 18 ... Read More

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As many of you have heard, CVS will stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products in more than 7, 600 stores nationwide by October 1, 2014. We would like to say THANK YOU CVS!!! Corporate members have stated that ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products is simply the right thing to do for ... Read More

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It’s already April, and that means Prom season!              A lot of high school students around Spartanburg will be going to prom in the next few weeks. Everyone has heard the horror stories of unsafe drinking and driving during prom, or youth that fall victim to sexual assault. Do you ... Read More

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    Sometimes people in the community see the youth alcohol problem as unimportant compared to other community concerns that relate to violence. Sometimes I talk with parents and citizens who say that ticketing underage drinkers is not appropriate; quoting things like “kids will be kids” and “they are all going to drink”. These kinds ... Read More

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    We are seeing e-cigarettes and/or vapor cigarette locations springing up everywhere in this community. The question we want to ask is where is the FDA ( Food and Drug Administration) on regulation? The FDA has stated they have concerns the products pose a risk to children …that makes our community interested.   In ... Read More

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Prescription Take-Back 1

Prescription Drug Take-Back   April 26, 2014         10:00 a.m.- 2 p.m.   What is a Prescription Drug Take-Back? Exactly what it sounds like, turning in all of your unused, expired, or unwanted prescription pills.  It is anonymous, no questions asked.   Why? The goal is to keep the unused drugs out of your medicine cabinet.  ... Read More

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Alcohol abuse, as described in the DSM-IV, is a psychiatric diagnosis describing the recurring use of alcoholic beverages despite its negative consequences. Alcohol abuse is sometimes referred to by the less specific term alcoholism. However, many definitions of alcoholism exist, and only some are compatible with alcohol abuse. There are two types of alcoholics: those ... Read More

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A medication or medicine is a drug taken to cure and/or ameliorate any symptoms of an illness or medical condition, or may be used as preventive medicine that has future benefits but does not treat any existing or pre-existing diseases or symptoms. Dispensing of medication is often regulated by governments into three categories—over-the-counter (OTC) medications, ... Read More

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