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NJ Poison Center Sees a Spike in Mushroom Poisoning
Don’t be the Next Case
August 3, 2017 Warning: Never eat wild mushrooms whether growing in your garden, on your lawn or in the wild!
15 cases since July 24, 2017
Ages of patients: 15 months to 75 years old
Several of these cases have resulted in hospitalizations with potentially life-threatening consequences. No matter the scenario, picking wild mushrooms is dangerous and risky.
Many edible mushrooms have toxic “look-a-likes.” Eating even a few bites of certain mushrooms can cause severe illness. Some symptoms of mushroom poisoning include intense vomiting and diarrhea, dehydration, damage to vital organs like the liver and even death.
“Picking and eating wild mushrooms can be a dangerous game”, says Dr. Diane Calello, Medical Director of the NJ Poison Center, Rutgers NJ Medical School. “Even those who think they can identify a toxic mushroom can be fooled”.
Experienced mushroom pickers are even wrong sometimes, so we urge you to take this warning seriously. Online mushroom identification sites can be falsely reassuring. Parents must teach their children to never put wild plants, berries, nuts, or mushrooms into their mouths. Remember, your family pets are highly susceptible to mushroom poisoning as well.
If an exposure should occur, do not take a chance by waiting until symptoms appear or wasting time looking up information on the Internet. Time is of the essence especially when it comes to mushroom poisoning. If someone is unconscious, not breathing, seizing, difficult to wake up, etc. call 9-1-1 immediately, otherwise call the NJ Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222.
Calling the poison center is always the fastest way to get the medical help or information you need. The poison center will arrange for an expert to identify the mushroom and the center can then provide advice on management depending on the mushroom’s identification.
• Remove any remaining parts of the mushroom from the victim’s mouth and place those fragments and all mushrooms that are in the immediate vicinity of the incident into one or more paper bags (NOT plastic!).
• Take a digital photograph of the mushroom(s) in question. It helps to take a picture of the mushroom next to other objects such as a coin, ruler, etc. to provide a sense of scale.
Call to action: Be prepared for any emergency – keep the Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222) handy by saving it as a contact in your phone.
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Don’t be a party to teenage drinking
This time of year brings lots of opportunities for teens to celebrate. Unfortunately, many times these celebrations end in tragedy because the parties are fueled by alcohol provided by adults. This year, the Montgomery-Rocky Hill Municipal Alliance wants teens (and their parents) to celebrate events safely without alcohol.
Now through July, the Montgomery Township Police Department and the Montgomery-Rocky Hill Municipal Alliance are raising awareness about the health and safety risks of adults serving alcohol at teen parties.
“Too many people think underage drinking is harmless or even worse – it is acceptable if parents take car keys away from youth. Every year we hear about teens dying or suffering from alcohol poisoning, sexual assault, cyber bullying and drowning that occur after adults provide alcohol to youth.” said Devangi Patel, Montgomery Rocky-Hill Municipal Alliance Coordinator. “Nobody has the right to endanger the welfare of someone else’s child by providing them with alcohol”, she added.
“The Montgomery Township Police Department takes underage drinking and the adults who sell or serve alcohol to youth very seriously”, said Captain Thomas Wain, Montgomery Township Police Department. Anyone who purposely or knowingly offers, serves or makes available an alcoholic beverage to a person under the legal age for consuming alcoholic beverages or entices or encourages that person to drink an alcoholic beverage is a disorderly person, he warned.
“Underage drinking is illegal, has long term health consequences and is a factor in all five of the leading causes of death among youth” explained Patel. We want this to be a happy commencement season, underage drinking isn’t part of that picture, she added.
Parents should understand that taking away the car keys does not solve all of the problems related to underage drinking.
Did you know:
- At least six youth under 21 die every day from non-driving alcohol related causes (such as
alcohol poisoning, falls, burns, drowning, homicide and suicide).
- Youth aged 12-20 drink 11% of all alcohol consumed in the U.S.
- Studies reveal that alcohol consumption by adolescents impairs intellectual development and results in possibly permanent brain damage.
- When drinking is delayed until age 21, a child’s risk of serious alcohol problems decreased by 70%.
- A conviction for underage drinking goes on your permanent criminal record and will appear on criminal background checks performed by educational institutions and employers.
Consequences of Underage Drinking. Youth who drink alcohol are more likely to experience:
|· Poor coping skills
· Legal problems, such as arrests, abuse/assaults and drunk driving
· Poor decision making
· Disruption of normal growth and sexual development
· Alcohol-related car crashes and other unintentional injuries, such as burns, falls, and drowning
· Abuse of other drugs
· Death from alcohol poisoning
|· Unwanted, unplanned, and unprotected sexual activity
· Physical and sexual assault
· Higher risk for suicide
· Memory problems
· Changes in brain development that may have life-long effects.
· School problems, such as higher absence and poor grades
In general, the risk of youth experiencing these problems is especially greater for those who binge drink.
Here are some tips for adults (especially parents) on how to avoid being a party to teenage drinking:
- Don’t be afraid to be the bad guy. Taking a tough stand on alcohol use can help youth say no when they are pressured to drink by their friends.
- Talk with other adults about hosting alcohol-free youth events. Unity creates a tough, enforceable message.
- Communication and honesty are important to keep your child safe. Tell your teen that you expect him/her not to use alcohol or other drugs at parties. Be up to greet your teen when s/he comes home. This can be a good way to check the time and talk about the evening.
- Parent networking is the best prevention tool to combat underage drinking. Get to know your teen’s friends and their parents. If your teen is planning on going to a party, call the parents to ensure that they will be home and that they will not allow drugs or alcohol.
- Set a positive example. If hosting a party, always serve alternative non-alcoholic beverages and do not let anyone drink and drive.
- Stay home if your teen is hosting a party at home. Observe the activities and confiscate any alcohol that may be brought by party goers.
- Report underage drinking to the police promptly.
- Encourage parents and youth to call 9-11 if someone needs medical help resulting from binge drinking or alcohol poisoning. New Jersey’s Lifeline Legislation protects the caller from prosecution (P.L. 2009, c.133).
For more information, please contact the Montgomery Township Health Department at (908) 359-8211.
May is Tick-borne Disease Awareness Month
Montgomery Twp., NJ — A growing number of Montgomery Twp. Residents are falling ill with diseases spread by ticks, such as Lyme disease and anaplasmosis. These tick-borne diseases are preventable if you take action to stay safe while enjoying the outdoors now, and in the warmer months ahead.
In New Jersey, the most commonly infected tick is the deer tick (or black-legged tick, Ixodes scapularis). “After a mild winter, tick populations are surging and that could mean a bad year for Lyme Disease. During the spring, ticks are active and looking to feed on people or pets. The trouble is, these ticks can be as small as a poppy seed, so we all need to be aware of the risks and take action to protect ourselves.” said Stephanie Carey, Health Officer for Montgomery Twp. Health Department.
Anyone who is bitten by a tick carrying the bacteria can become infected. People who spend a lot of time outdoors in tick-infested areas from April through October are at greatest risk. Proper removal of a tick from the skin within 48 hours of being bitten can reduce the risk of infection.
The Health Department encourages residents to follow these three simple steps to avoid tick-borne diseases:
REPEL – Before you go outside, apply an EPA-registered insect repellent (such as DEET). Treat your clothes with permethrin. Wear light-colored long sleeved shirts and long pants, and tuck your pants into your socks. Inspect yourself regularly when outside to catch any ticks before they attach.
INSPECT – Do daily tick checks on yourself, your children and pets. Check yourself from head to toe.
REMOVE – Remove ticks promptly. Showering within two hours of coming indoors is also effective to wash ticks off the skin.
If you were bitten by a tick – watch for early signs of disease during the weeks following the bite. The first sign of Lyme disease is often an expanding red rash at the site of the tick bite. The rash usually appears seven to 14 days after the tick bite, but sometimes it takes up to 30 days to appear. Not everyone gets the rash, so be on the lookout for additional symptoms of early Lyme disease: fatigue, headache, fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes, and muscle and joint pain. Early signs of anaplasmosis are fever, muscle pain and malaise. Both diseases can be successfully treated with antibiotics, especially if treatment is given early.
For health news, alerts and information – visit www.health.montgomery.nj.us or call (908) 359-8211.
The Montgomery Township Health Department and the Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition (RCDC), along with its partners, are encouraging residents to play it safe and protect themselves from the harmful rays of the sun, beginning this season and throughout the year.
A proclamation declaring May as Skin Cancer Awareness month was presented at the April 25 Somerset County freeholders’ meeting.
“Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It is vital that we understand that anyone can get skin cancer regardless of skin color or age,” said Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh, public health and safety liaison. “Recent studies indicate that sun damage in childhood can lead to skin cancer later in life, so you are never too young to protect yourself from sun exposure.”
“Skin cancer is a serious public health concern. Every year, more than five million Americans are treated for skin cancer. This year alone, more than 10,000 deaths in the U.S. will be caused by melanoma skin cancer,” she said. “We are urging residents to avoid artificial tanning, to conduct self-exams and to get screened. Melanoma is highly treatable when caught early.”
The RCDC is encouraging skin cancer awareness through a number of initiatives, programs and screenings throughout both counties. An interactive May skin cancer awareness calendar with sun safety tips, screening locations and partner resources is available at http://bit.ly/MelanomaHD. Dates with an orange star open to tips on how to protect yourself and your family as well as screening information and available resources.
An information table with skin cancer resources, screening information and copies of the calendar will be in the lobby of the Somerset County Administration Building at 20 Grove St., Somerville throughout the month of May. For ongoing information about programs offered by the Somerset County Department of Health, go to http://bit.ly/SCHealthDept and follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SCHealthDept.
We also are supporting our coalition partner the Enright Melanoma Foundation, a New Jersey-based nonprofit organization, whose mission is to raise sun-safety awareness and help prevent melanoma through education and early detection.
Residents are encouraged to become Enright Sun Safety Certified™. Designed by skin-care professionals from the Enright Melanoma Foundation, programs are free, online education courses for ages 5 and over that take about 15 minutes to complete. Once finished a certificate of completion can be printed. The programs can be found at www.ApplyCoverEnjoy.org.
The Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition, under the auspices of the Somerset County Department of Health, is made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Office of Cancer Control and Prevention. For more information, to become a member or to learn more about available cancer resources, screening locations, dates, times and eligibility, contact RCDC Public Health Consultant Lucille Y-Talbot at (908) 203-6077, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://bit.ly/RCDCSC.
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In the Blink of an Eye – Thursday, April 20, 2017.
A Conversation about Stress, Anxiety, Drugs & Alcohol in our Community
Join the Conversation!
Submit your question for our panel: http://www.mtsd.k12.nj.us/blink
- Moderator – School District Superintendent Nancy Gartenberg
- Captain Thomas Wain (Montgomery Township Police Department)
- Dr. Bert Mandelbaum (Montgomery Township School District Physician)
- Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office
- Experts and Advocates from the Recovery Community
Community Faith Leaders, Mental Health providers and Community Partners will also be available to answer any of your questions or requests for additional support and resources.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, colorectal cancer affects both men and women, is the second leading cancer-related killer in the United States and is the third most common cancer in men and women, but it is preventable and outcomes are better when cancer is found at an early stage.
Several screening methods are available, including take-home options. Many public and private insurance plans cover colorectal cancer screening and local resources are available to help people who are uninsured.
The Morris-Somerset Regional Chronic Disease Coalition (RCDC) is encouraging residents to add fiber-rich foods to their diet through its “Fiber Matters: Fiber Fridays” initiative by designating Fridays during March as a jumping-off point to a more healthful lifestyle. For additional information on free educational programs offered in both counties during the month of March, contact RCDC Coordinator Lucille Talbot at (908) 203-6077 or email@example.com.
Somerset County residents can learn if they are eligible for low-cost or reduced-cost medical care, including exams and screenings, by calling Zufall Health Center in Somerville (hablamos espanol) at (908) 526-2335.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Pennington Borough Public Works Garage
301 N. Main Street, Pennington
DOGS: 9:00 am – 10:00 am
CATS: 10:00 am-11:00 am
For Safety’s sake—
Please, no children under age 7.
Dogs must be on a short, sturdy leash—No retractable leashes!
Use of a soft muzzle is encouraged.
Dogs must be under control of an adult at all times.
Cats must be in a carrier
For more information, go to Animal Control’s Rabies Immunizations webpage or call Montgomery Township Animal Control 908-359-4308.