Feature of the Month - December 2014

Prescription Drug Abuse

Opioids are medications that relieve pain.  Different types of opioids are used for various degrees of pain.  Pain medication can be addictive.  Do you know the signs for opioid overdose?  

They are: breathing-slow, shallow or stopped, blue lips and fingertips, gray, clammy skin and vomiting, loud snoring or gurgling noise ("death rattle”), slow or no pulse,  and person may be unresponsive. 

If you notice these signs, take action.

•  Get their attention.  Shake them and yell "are you ok!”  Rub your knuckles up and down their breast bone.

•  Call 911 and provide your location and the person’s symptoms.

•  Perform rescue breathing.  Make sure there is nothing in the person’s mouth.  Tilt head back, lift chin and pinch nose.  Give one breath every five seconds.  If no pulse, give chest compressions.

•  If you have Naloxone (Narcan) give it and stay with the person until medical assistance arrives.

•  Place the person in the recovery position.  If you have to leave the person alone, lay them on their left side to prevent them from choking if they vomit.

•  After the crisis, call 211 for treatment options. 

Source: adaa.dhmh.maryland.gov

Support is available at all levels
Free Health and Wellness Coaching 
Meet with a Certified Health & Wellness coach to move beyond your barriers to identify your unique needs and goals.  For more information, call Carey Moffatt at 240-964-8418. 
Change to Win- Nutrition and Weight Loss Program 
Non-diet nutrition and weight loss classes meeting once weekly. Call Theresa Stahl, RDN, LDN, Outpatient Community Dietitian, at 240-964-8416 for more information.
Center for Clinical Resources
If you have diabetes, the team at the WMHS Center for Clinical Resources can be your partner in keeping diabetes under control and living life to the fullest.  The team can show you how to monitor your blood sugar, teach you how to make dietary and lifestyle changes to control your diabetes, help manage your medication, and provide encouragement and motivation along the way.  For more information about what the team can do for you, talk with your primary care provider or call the Center at 240-964-8787.

Free Diabetes Support Group 
Come share your experience and learn tips for managing the disease.  Meets the 1st Tuesday of the month, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the WMRMC auditorium.  For more information, call Lori Shaulis at 240-964-8789. 

What’s your Blood Pressure?
Free Blood Pressure Checks are available

Cumberland Country Club Mall – Food Court
1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month 8-9 a.m.

Outside the Cafeteria WMRMC
1st Pay Day Thursday of Month 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

For other options, call WMHS Community Health & Wellness at 240-964-8424