Health briefs for Oct. 26, 2013: Craig police to host drug take-back day

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The Craig Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will host a prescription drug take-back day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today in the parking lot of Centennial Mall. The event is an opportunity for Craig and Moffat County residents to properly and safely dispose of expired or unneeded prescription drugs, which often are abused through recreational use or overuse.

The service is free and anonymous. Police will ask no questions about the types of medications they will be collecting.

For more information, call 970-826-2360.

TMH board donates to cancer cause

In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness month, The Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees contributed $525 to the Moffat County Cancer Society during a live auction held during a Moffat County High School volleyball match.

On Oct. 8, The Memorial Hospital sponsored the home and visiting volleyball teams. Each team sported pink and white shirts to honor those currently fighting or those who have fought and survived breast cancer. Before the start of the varsity game, a volleyball signed by the MCHS volleyball team was auctioned off. The winning bidder was the TMH Board of Trustees.

TMH Board Chairman Don Cook said that the board decided to make this donation when they heard that TMH was sponsoring the event in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

“The mission of the Moffat County Cancer Society is to support our community members who are fighting cancer," he said. "The board members wanted to make a financial contribution that would directly help our friend and neighbors.”

During the month of October, TMH hosted a number of events in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. The inaugural Mammos and Margaritas included three physicians speaking about the importance of screening exams and the latest advancements in diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer. Also, a luncheon for breast cancer survivors was held on National Mammography Day on Oct. 18 as a way to honor those who have fought the battle against cancer and survived.

VNA hosts flu clinics

The Northwest Colorado Visting Nurse Association will host drop-in flu clinics at various Craig locations in the coming weeks.

Representatives will be administering flu shots and FluMists from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Boys & Girls Club of Craig, 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 5 at Wal-Mart and 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 21 at Sunset Elementary School.

Treatments also will be available from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at the VNA’s building at 745 Russell St.

The cost is $25 for a flu shot, $35 for a FluMist. Cash, check or insurance with card are accepted. All ages are welcome, but children younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For more information, call 970-871-7624 or visit www.nwcovna.org/flu.php.

VNA offers free testing for qualifying women

Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association is offering free mammograms and pap tests for women ages 40 to 64, are uninsured or underinsured, have not had a pap test or mammogram in the past 12 months and meet income requirements.

Call VNA at 970-879-1632 or 970-824-8233 to see if you qualify.

Smokeless tobacco is harmful

The Northwest Colorado Visiting Nurse Association reminds residents that smokeless tobacco — chew, snuff or dissolvable products — can lead to tooth decay, gum problems and mouth sores, according to a news release.

Chemicals in smokeless tobacco products also are linked to cancers of the esophagus, mouth and pancreas. Youth particularly are vulnerable to tobacco industry tactics making smokeless tobacco products cheap and enticing.

Support can improve a person’s chance of kicking nicotine addiction and quitting smokeless tobacco for good, the press release said. The Colorado QuitLine offers free personalized cessation phone support, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

VNA offers counseling with a tobacco cessation specialist in Steamboat Springs or Craig. There is no fee for the service.

To be connected with a Cessation Counselor in Steamboat Springs or Craig, call 970-871-7634.

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