Saturday, April 8, 2017

In the News: maybe no party on the 4th; proactively offering drug a consideration

From the Milford Daily News, articles of interest for Franklin:
"Unless organizers find someone new to take the reins, it’s possible the local Independence Day celebration will not take place this year. 
The Franklin Fourth of July Coalition co-chairmen - Warren Revell and Mike Kelly - announced their retirement from the effort this year. The lack of volunteers, rather than money, is the problem, Revell said Friday. 
Revell said the group has been trying to find new people to continue the event, but years of searching have borne little fruit. 
“I’ve been trying to get help for 10 years,” he said. “Everybody wants (the festivities), but no one wants to do anything about it.”

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"Pharmacies should proactively offer the overdose-reversing drug naloxone to help put it in the hands of people at risk of abusing opioids, according to a recent Boston Medical Center study. 
The study, which was published last month in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, found that while naloxone is available without a prescription at Massachusetts pharmacies, patients and their loved ones are reluctant to ask for it due to the stigma that surrounds addiction. Additionally, pharmacists may be reluctant to bring up the subject out of fear of offending patients. 
The Boston Medical Center researchers worked with focus groups of people taking prescription opioids for chronic pain management, recovering addicts, family members of addicts and pharmacists. 
“The idea of universally offering it was attractive to all the groups,” said epidemiologist Traci Green, the study’s lead author and associate director of the Injury Prevention Center at Boston Medical Center. “This makes it a less-stigmatizing interaction at the pharmacy.”

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