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4B Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Sheriff's office to take back unwanted prescription drugs On Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Plumas County SherifFs Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. Medications for disposal may be brought to the following locations: 1400 E. Main St., Quincy. 324 S. Gulling St., Portola. 222 Willow Way, Chester. The service is free and anonymous; no questions are asked. Last April, Americans turned in 390 tons (over 780,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 6,100 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,400 of its state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.1 million pounds -- more than 2,100 tons -- of pills. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, say organizers. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines -- flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash -- both pose potential safety and health hazards. Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an "ultimate user" of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the attorney general to accept them. The act also allows the attorney general to authorize long-term care facilities to dispose of their residents' controlled substances in certain instances. DEA has begun drafting regulations to implement the act, a process that can take as long as 24 months. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Plumas County Sheriffs Office and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months. Joanne Danielson speaks on end-of-life issues at the Mohawk Community Resource Center on Sept. 16. Photo by Shelley Wilkerson Speaker discusses end-of-life planning Shelley Wilkerson Staff Writer Now is the time to think about how you want to die. That was the message from Mohawk Community Resource Center speaker Joanne Danielson on Sept. 16. Danielson, owner of Graceful Transitions Coaching, said people often plan what should happen to their finances should they pass away, but rarely address other needs. Those needs may be spiritual requests, or other wishes such as where they want to die or how they want to be treated when they pass. Educational Event Sponsored by Northeastern Health Center Tuesday, September 30, 2014 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. A few lucky winners will receive a copy of the book "The Dr. Gourmet DieF M for Coumadin Users" by Timothy S. Harlan, M.D. Attention Valued Patients & Care Givers: You are cordially invited to the innovative program Living We//with Warfarin: Understanding Vitamin K sponsored by Northeastern Health Center and Alere Home Monitoring, Inc., the leader in home INR monitoring services. The pro- gram will provide solutions to better help you understand the role of vitamin K in the body and how it affectsyour INR test results. The topics covered during the event will address: How different foods can affect your INR How to use vitamin K tracking tools Howto maintain more stable INR results by answering the question: Can I eat this while on warfarin? How herbal and nutritional supplements affect your INR Consistency in vitamin K intake is essential to help maintain an INR within the desired therapeutic range on a given warfarin dose. Living Well with Warfarin sessions are not a replacement for physician's care or professional counseling. Seating is limited, so please contact 1.866.563.5472 to register and reserve your seat today. 1850 Spring Ridge Drive = Susanville Hope to see you there, The Doctors and Staff at Northeastern Health Center She advised people should "think about what they want at the end of their journey" -- whether they want people to visit, for instance, or to make sure their hair is done if they are receiving visitors, or to have special music playing, or to be talked to and have their hand held, and so on. Danielson said anyone over the age of 18 needs to have an advance directive completed. An AD specifies who will speak for you if you are unable to speak for yourself regarding your health needs, and your wishes regarding treatment or non-treatment. Danielson cautioiled the selection of the person who will make sure your wishes will be followed may be difficult. She said your spouse or children may be emotionally unable to follow your wishes. In addition to the designation of an agent, the AD form asks ifa person wants his or her life prolonged or not, asks about donation of organs, and allows room for additional items such as personal wishes. Danielson said she wrote on her own AD that she wanted her loved ones to know she loved them even if she had Alzheimer's or a similar disease that left her unable to recognize them. Another important document available to California residents is the POLST -- physician ordered life-sustaining treatment. Danielson explained this form is completed by the physician of terminally ill patients, is bright pink, and stays on the refrigerator of the patient. The POLST allows first responders to quickly determine if a patient will receive care or has asked not to receive care in a medical emergency. Danielson said even though the POLST is completed by the physician, the form should match what the patient has stated on his or her AD. Other issues Danielson advised making early decisions about were palliative care, a holistic team-oriented approach to the relief of pain and stress; and hospice care when treatment or intervention is no longer a desired path. Danielson said "it is not selfish, if anything it is a gift" to have these matters taken care of so your loved ones know what you want. Danielson, a Clio resident, conducts workshops and life coaching. While going through her training for coaching certification, Danielson's father was nearing the end of his life. She said she and her brothers were able to speak with him openly and honestly about what he wanted, which helped them after he passed. Danielson decided to focus her coaching on end-of-life matters after completing her own AD. She said it made her ask herself, "Are you living the way you want to live and are you doing what you want to do?" Most of Danielson's clients are caregivers who are helping others through end of life, and some are planning for the end ofthe' own lives. The AD form is available online from the state of ,, California at It does not need to be notarized but does require two witness signatures. Danielson said she will soon have the AD form available in digital format on her website for a fee. Danielson's website is gracefultransitionscoaching. corn; she may also be contacted at 99.7-7786. We can assist with all your building needs - from plans to the f'mished product (530) 283-2035 P.O. Box ! 369 QUINCY, CA 95971 LIc. #453927 Ciao! I'm Claud. I'm a 2-year-old male Boxer mix that is seeking a quiet, semi-active forever home. I'm a sweet, medium-sized, easy-going guy that can turn heads with my good looks. I'm a smart cookie too, as I can even open a door. While I like to get my exercise, I would love a home where I can get the belly rubs and have lazy Sundays too. 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