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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.

Remember to:

• 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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Parents Who Host, Lose The Most

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.

 

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Rabies Clinic April 1st

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.

 

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Flu Vax Clinics by Somerset County

Have you been noticing how many people appear to be under the weather?  It could be just a cold or it could be the flu, especially since the New Jersey Department of Health reports flu activity is high in Somerset County, and in all areas of New Jersey.   If you haven’t gotten a flu shot this season, now is the time!

Freeholder Patricia L. Walsh, public health & safety division liaison, invites Somerset County adults age 18 and older to take advantage of one of the following opportunities to protect themselves against the flu with a free flu shot:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 4  to 6 p.m. at the Somerset County Human Services Building, 27 Warren St., Somerville, NJ 08876
  • Thursday, Feb. 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Franklin Township Public Library, 485 DeMott Lane, Somerset, NJ 08873.

The clinics are being hosted by the Somerset County Health Department.

Getting an annual flu vaccine is the first and best way to protect yourself and your family from the flu, especially very young children, pregnant women and people with certain health conditions who are more vulnerable to serious flu complications.

Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits and missed days from work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations. It takes about two weeks for the body to develop an immune response, so the sooner you are vaccinated, the better.

Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu shot by the end of October each year, if possible. However, getting vaccinated later is OK. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends ongoing flu vaccination as long as influenza viruses are circulating.  Seasonal flu activity can continue to occur as late as May.

Influenza, commonly called the “flu,” can be serious.  It is a contagious viral infection that mostly affects the respiratory system:  nose, throat and lungs. Symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.  In some cases, people may experience vomiting and diarrhea.

Source: Somerset County Health Dept.

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Board of Health Meeting Dates

February 8

March 8

April 8

May 10

June 14

July 13

August 9

September 13

October 11

November 8

December 13 - Joint Mtg - Hopewell Borough Hall

January 10, 2018 - Re-Org Mtg

All meetings are held at 7:30 PM in the Montgomery Twp. Municipal Courtroom, 2261 Rt. 206, Belle Mead, NJ unless indicated otherwise.
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We are improving our webpages!

Welcome to The Montgomery Township Health Department’s newly revised webpages.  We are a Health Department in Montgomery, New Jersey, which also serves the citizens of the Boroughs of Hopewell, Pennington, and Rocky Hill.

Please be patience with us while this site still under construction.  1/23/17