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Prescription Take Back Day

October 26th is National Take Back Day. Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That's dangerous and often tragic. That's why it was great to see thousands of people across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in their prescription drugs. National Take Back Day allows you to safely and anonymously dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired medications. In addition to prescription medications, vaping devices and liquids will be accepted at collection sites as well. Find a collection site near you. if you or someone you know is struggling with substance use or addiction, please call the National Helpline 24/7: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) Earlier this year, National Take Back Day saw the following results: Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,969 Total Collection Sites: 6,258 Total Weight Collected: 937,443 lbs. (468.72 Tons)

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2019

This and every October, Philadelphia recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic violence can affect anyone — regardless of your class, race, marital status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Domestic Violence is more than just physical abuse — it is a pattern of behaviors that a partner uses against the other person with the purpose of gaining and maintaining power and control in the relationship. These behaviors can include: isolation, financial deprivation, stalking, emotional abuse, and threats to harm partner, children or pets. Are you thinking about making a change within your relationship? Does your partner make you feel unsafe? Is your partner restricting your access to family, friends and financial resources? According to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, these are all common indicators of abuse. If you have answered "yes" to at least one of the questions listed above, there are resources readily available to you in Philadelphia. Always…

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Compassion Fatigue When Caring for Dying Patients

by Jennifer Forik, MSN, CRNP, ANP-BC When I am asked what I do for a living, I enthusiastically and proudly say, “I’m a palliative care nurse practitioner!” Unfortunately, I usually do not receive the same upbeat response. I usually am told, “Oh wow, that’s a tough job” or, “Oh, so you care for people at the end of life?” Yes! Isn’t that amazing?   Palliative care is a type of medical care that helps with symptom management from chronic illnesses, and guides discussions around goals of care with patients. This type of decision-making allows the patients to decide on how they would like to proceed with their medical treatment. Sometimes patients decide that hospice care is the best option for them (Hospice care focuses on the comfort of a chronically ill, terminally ill or seriously ill patient's pain and symptoms, while to their emotional and spiritual needs).  So, how hard is…

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