Beware of Zohydro ER

Even though a panel of experts assembled by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recommended against approval of a new prescription painkiller called Zohydro ER, the FDA approved it for use by patients with pain that requires daily, around-the-clock, long-term treatment.

zohydroAccording to the manufacturer, Zogenix, this is the first ever pain-relief product to be composed of pure hydrocodone. It is an extended-release drug, available in six dosage strengths, with dosing every 12 hours. Similar painkillers, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, combine hydrocodone with acetaminophen. The makers of Zohydro plan to market the drug as beneficial for patients with pain such as that caused by malignant cancer.

According to Dr. Jana Jane Saltzman, a licensed acupuncturist and addiction specialist, the concern with the drug is that it may be prescribed by any medical doctor, and many doctors still do not have a good understanding of chronic pain. Furthermore, Zohydro ER is marketed in capsules with no more safety checks than the childproofing mechanisms on standard prescription bottles. The hydrocodone opioid in Zohydro is 5-10 times the strength of Vicodin. If swallowed by a child, a single capsule could be fatal. For those who develop an addiction and have taken to snorting, chewing, or mixing the drug with alcohol, the risk of overdose and complete respiratory failure is high.

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  1. You have to know that the panel overwhelmingly found Zohydro to be safe and effective. They just wanted it to have abuse resistant features, which was not the functions of their panel. All hydrocodone medications contain “pure” hydrocodone. The other ones also contain “pure” other stuff. So if you are a legitimate pain patient who does well with hydrocodone, needs around the clock pain medication for a few weeks or longer, but you don’t want to be forced to take a bunch of acetaminophen, Zohydro may be your best option. Zohydro starts a 10mg. Sensational articles like this would have you believe it only comes in one strength, 50mg, which they know is not true. Vicodin is also available in 10mg dosages. The only other big difference is you only have to take Zohydro twice a day. Vicodin is typically more like four to six pills per day. As far as the label, all newly approved CII long acting opioids will have that label. Purdue’s new oxycodone med has it. Zohydro was just the first med to be approved after the FDA made the label change. You’re welcome.

Attention Teen Drivers!

The Band PerryWouldn’t it be great if your high school could have a private concert performed by The Band Perry? It’s a real possibility, and you could help make it happen. The Band Perry is teaming up with State Farm (Insurance Company) in their Celebrate My Drive program to encourage safe driving in high schools in the United States and Canada. Between now and October 7, high school administrators can go to www.celebratemydrive.com to register their school to participate. Then, from October 15-24, teens and community members can commit to safe driving once a day, every day, to support their favorite high school. The Band Perry will perform a private concert for two grand prize winning schools. In addition, the 100 high schools with the most online safe driving commitments will win a grant of $25,000 or $100,000. Car crashes have been the leading cause of teen deaths for over 30 years. The Celebrate My Drive program encourages teens and concerned adults to have positive conversations about safe driving. In a statement from The Band Perry, they said, “It’s a privilege to partner with State Farm to shed light on this important issue and hopefully help save lives.”

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Who Used the Cough Medicine??

Does your teenager ever request cough and cold medicine more frequently than you think he or she needs it? Or perhaps you get reminded to restock the cough medicine when no one in the house seems ill.Medication with soda

These could be signs that someone in your household is using these medications to get high.

Over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicines are frequently mixed with soda, alcohol, marijuana or even hard candies and abused by young people according to DrugFacts: Cough and Cold Medicine Abuse. The effect that users are seeking are feelings of  euphoria and/or sensations of physical distortion and hallucinations, caused by the ingredient, dextromethorphan (DXM). A prescription medication that is also frequently abused is promethazine-codeine cough syrup. When these medications are taken in higher quantities than recommended, or when symptoms of respiratory congestion are not present, they may affect the brain in ways similar to illegal drugs.

There are many side effects with using more than the recommended dose of these products including: impaired motor function, increased heart rate and blood pressure, numbness, nausea or vomiting, extreme agitation and increased body temperature. The buildup of excess acid in body fluids and side effects from acetaminophen, which is often coupled with DXM, can cause liver damage. There is a high risk of fatal overdose from taking too much promethazine-codeine cough syrup because it depresses the central nervous system, resulting in slowed or stopped heart and lungs. Adding alcohol to the mix greatly increases this risk.

Parents are advised to monitor their children’s use of these products, or even better, keep cough syrups safely locked away. Even though your teenager may seem responsible, it’s better to make him or her mad than to lose them. But also, remember OTC products are readily available in drugstores.

 

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Thank You to All Who Participated in the Mike Fosket Memorial Golf Tournament

Dawn and Dave Fosket along with Team Fort Collins would like to say thank you to our supporters, sponsors and players who helped make the 2nd Annual Mike Fosket Memorial Golf Tournament held on July 27, 2014 at Highland Meadows Golf Course a successful event.  Thank you mike Fosket Mem pistureThe event raised more than $6,000 to support Team Fort Collins in its efforts to educate youth, families, and the medical profession about the misuse and abuse of prescription pain medications.  The golf tournament was held in memory of Mike Fosket, Dawn and Dave’s son. Mike was a very talented young man who loved BMX riding and was a great photographer.  As a result of a car accident which left him with a severe back injury he was prescribed prescription painkillers.  Mike passed away on August 2, 2012 at the age of 24.

The sponsors of the event were Advantage Bank, Front Range Powder Coating, Iron Logic Fitness, Naranjo Civil Constructors, Coleman Electric LLC, New York Life, Eagle Automation, Soilogic LLC, Can Do Life Coaching, Highland Meadows Golf Course, Bestway Concrete & Aggregate, and Signs by Tomorrow.

Thank you to all the businesses who donated items for the silent auction, door prize, drawings and goodie bag.  Your support is appreciated.

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Team Fort Collins and the Laramie River Valley Rendezvous

The morning of July 9th, after a two hour drive up the Poudre Canyon, I opened the car door to feel a fresh breeze, took a deep breath of fresh air, and smelled the burning fire, mixed with the smell of breakfast. I instantly felt the positive energies beaming out from person to person. My eyes fell on a huge campsite with military vehicles, large military tents, and long trailers. Officers Bob Younger and Stephan Sparacio greeted us and invited us to the office in the back of one of the camp’s bigV__08E8 trailers. They explained the day ahead and gave us a tour of the camp. I knew it was going to be a fun-filled day, but had no idea how much of a positive and influential impact the Laramie River Valley Rendezvous would have on me as much as it did on the youth who attended.

Thanks to the Fort Collins Police Department, firefighters, the Colorado National Guard and other community volunteers, the Laramie River Valley Rendezvous has been a success for many years. Each summer, they take 40 at-risk youth who come from single-parent homes, blended family homes and foster homes for an entertaining and influential week in the mountains. The program focuses on helping youth increase their self-esteem and decrease the possibility of relapse into criminal behavior while promoting positive views toward law-enforcement.

Because this program helps teenagers make better choices in life, it aligns with Team Fort Collins’ Mission to promote healthy lifestyles through substance abuse prevention. Some members of Team Fort Collins; Laurel Carter, myself, and volunteer Scott Anderson, a professional racecar driver, were invited to be part of this remarkable program. We were able to commit the entire day to join the kids in their daily activities—and build a connection with some of them—before we presented to them about the teen brain, making good decisions, and how substances influence their health and behavior.

Team Fort Collins is very encouraged to know that such events are out there for our youth. “What a remarkable experience for the youth who attended the camp. Laurel Carter, Team Fort Collins Program Director said, “To be exposed to the numerous activities, positive influences, and encouraging leadership, the youth as well as Team Fort Collins staff and volunteers were impacted in ways unpredicted. I hope to make it each year either as a representative of Team Fort Collins, or supportive community member who has high hopes for the influence this camp gives to our youth.”

The Laramie River Valley Rendezvous is more than “A place where a kid can be safe and have fun for at least one week a year.” It is a life changing experience for our youth, and I believe it will not only succeed for many more years to come, but also continue to forever make an impact on anyone—especially the children—who have the opportunity to be a part of the program. It is another awesome way to help Team Fort Collins promote healthy lifestyles for our community.

 

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Empowered Parents

 

Team Fort Collins is partnering with Touchstone Health Partners and Leadership Fort Collins to bring a new program called Empowered Parents to this area in the fall. This 12 week training program will help parents gain an increased understanding of teenage mental health challenges, and give them an improved ability to communicate effectively about difficult topics such as drug use, depression and more.

The curriculum for this program includes nationally recognized resources: Youth Mental Health First Aid USA, Drugs: True Stories and Alcohol: True Stories. Mental Health First Aid is a certification program and the True Stories are videos, hosted by Matt Damon, that feature teens telling their personal stories. Topics to be covered include adolescent development, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, psychosis, attention deficit disorders and substance abuse. Parents will learn how to identify risk factors, how to intervene and develop action plans, and where to find resources.

Empowered Parents will meet Tuesday evenings, Sept. 9 – Nov. 25 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at 125 W. Crestridge Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525. For more information, or to register, call Laurel Carter at 970-224-9931 or email laurel@teamfortcollins.org.

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Wild West Relay

On August 1st and 2nd, Team Fort Collins will volunteer for the Wild West Relay, a 200-mile team relay race through the Colorado mountains. Runners begin the relay in Fort Collins and finish in Steamboat Springs. Much of this scenic and remote course is through National Forest or along rural dirt roads. The 200-mile race route is divided into 36 legs, with a runner exchange at the end of each leg. Team Fort Collins will be staffing two of these rest stop/exchange points, and will provide the runners and spectators with water and a healthy snack, available at our table.

In exchange for Team Fort Collins’ assistance with the rest stops, Volunteers With A Purpose will make a donation to Team. Volunteering for the Wild West Relay provides Team Fort Collins the opportunity to act on its mission to promote healthy lifestyles, while also earning money for the organization.

 

 

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