The County of Union Police Department has partnered with New Jersey State Attorney General's office and the NJ Division of Consumer Affairs to provide citizens with a safe and anonymous mechanism to dispose of unused, unwanted, and expired medications.
The Medicine Drop Boxes are prominent, highly visible, and recognizable. Citizens can properly dispose of medications 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For safety reasons, the boxes can only accept solid medications such as pills, patches, inhalers, or similar objects; the drop boxes cannot accept liquids, medical waste, or syringes.
Union County's Medicine Drop Box is located at: Sheriff Froehlich Public Safety Building, 300 North Avenue East, Westfield, NJ 07090; Telephone: 908-654-9800 Additional information regarding Project Medicine Drop is available at http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop
With temperatures expected to drop to 20 degrees or below for the next week, Department of Health Commissioner Mary E. O'Dowd reminds New Jersey residents to take precautions to protect their health during the extreme cold.
"Exposure to extremely cold temperatures--even for a short time-can cause serious medical conditions," said Commissioner O'Dowd. "Dressing warmly and preparing emergency kits for your home and car are the best ways to stay healthy and avoid injury during extreme cold weather. In addition, check on elderly neighbors and relatives during this time to make sure their homes are properly heated."
To avoid cold-related illness and injury:
Dress in layers while outdoors and remember to wear a hat to help retain body heat. If you get wet, either from heavy sweating while working or from rain or snow, change into dry clothes as soon as possible
Eat well and drink adequate fluids during periods of cold stress. Avoid drinking alcohol since it can accelerate the lost of body heat
Many cold-weather injuries result from falls on ice-covered sidewalks and other surfaces around the home. Use rock salt or other chemical de-icing compound to keep walkways, steps, driveways and porches as ice-free as possible
If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, follow your doctor's advice about shoveling snow or performing other hard work in the cold
When using a snow blower, read the owners' manual and follow all safety guidelines
If you will be outdoors in the sun for an extended period, remember to use sunscreen and sunglasses, particularly if you are at higher altitudes
Stock your car with emergency gear, such as cell phone, jumper cables, flashlight, sand or kitty litter for extra traction, ice scraper and small shovel, and flares and other warning devices. For long car trips, carry food, water, extra blankets and required medications
To stay safe indoors, residents should make sure heating systems are working properly. It is a good idea to have heating systems inspected each year. Tenants and homeowners with heating issues need to call their landlord and/or public utility for assistance. Check with your local municipality to see if they are offering warming centers - CRANFORD RECREATION CENTER, 220 WALNUT AVE.
If you plan to use a wood stove, fireplace, or space heater, be extremely careful. Follow the manufacturer's instructions and remember these safety tips:
Use fireplace, wood stoves, or other combustion heaters only if they are properly vented to the outside and do not leak flue gas into the indoor air space
Do not burn paper in a fireplace
Ensure adequate ventilation if you must use a kerosene heater
Use only the type of fuel your heater is designed to use-don't substitute
Do not place a space heater within 3 feet of anything that may catch on fire, such as drapes, furniture, or bedding, and never cover your space heater
Never place a space heater on top of furniture or near water
Never leave children unattended near a space heater
Make sure that the cord of an electric space heater is not a tripping hazard but do not run the cord under carpets or rugs
Avoid using extension cords to plug in your space heater
If your space heater has a damaged electrical cord or produces sparks, do not use it.
Store a multipurpose, dry-chemical fire extinguisher near the area to be heated
Protect yourself from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning by installing a battery-operated CO detector and never using generators, grills, camp stoves, or similar devices indoors
The most serious cold-related illness is hypothermia, a drop of normal body temperature from 98.6 degrees to 95 or lower that requires emergency medical care. It can be especially dangerous for the very young and older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions.
At the earliest stages of hypothermia, violent shivering is the most noticeable symptom. As body temperature continues to drop, symptoms will change. Shivering decreases and stops; speech is distorted or slurred; behavior is irrational; drowsiness or numbness occurs; pulse weakens and there is shortness of breath and unconsciousness.
Hypothermia can be fatal if not treated. If you notice signs of hypothermia in someone, seek medical attention immediately. While waiting for assistance, you can:
Get the victim into a warm room or shelter
If the victim has on any wet clothing, remove it
Warm the center of the body first-chest, neck, head, and groin-using an electric blanket, if available. Or use skin-to-skin contact under loose, dry layers of blankets, clothing, towels, or sheets
Warm beverages can help increase the body temperature, but do not give alcoholic beverages. Do not try to give beverages to an unconscious person
After body temperature has increased, keep the person dry and wrapped in a warm blanket, including the head and neck
The Westfield Regional Health Department would like to announce that influenza activity is now increasing in Union County.Residents can still protect themselves, families and friends by being vaccinated against the flu.New Jersey State law requires that all children under 60 months of age who attend a licensed child care or preschool facility must be vaccinated annually.The health department still has vaccine available.There is a $15 cash fee for each person who does not have Medicare B or one of the following insurances: Aetna, CIGNA, Humana, Medicaid and United Healthcare. To schedule your vaccination, please call Laura Scanlon, Public Health Nurse, at 908-789-4070 x4073 for an appointment.
Anyone that is Medicare Part B eligible must please bring their card to the program
CDC now recommends all individuals 6 months and older receive seasonal influenza vaccine (i.e., the flu shot) especially:
persons aged 65 years and older, with and without chronic health conditions
residents of long-term care facilities
persons aged 2–64 years with chronic health conditions
children aged 6 months or older, who attend any licensed child care center or pre-school activity
health-care personnel who provide direct patient care
household contacts and out-of-home caregivers of children aged <6 months
For additional information, contact the Westfield Health Department at (908) 789-4070.
A free Rabies Clinic will be held: Saturday, January 18, 2014 Cranford Recreation Center 220 Walnut Avenue, Cranford. Cats will be vaccinated between 9:00 – 10:45 A.M. Dogs will be seen from 11:15 – 1:00 P.M.
U.C. Mosquito Control will be spraying for Adult Mosquitoes tonight, September 13, 2013 between the hours of 7:00 P.M. and 12:00 A.M.
( Weather Permitting ) in the following locations:
1, County Park Drive
2, Nomahegan Drive
3, Nomahegan Court
4, Park Drive
5, Balmiere Road
6, Balmiere Parkway
7, U.C. College Back Parking lot
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO OFFER FREE CHILD HEALTH CLINICS
The Westfield Regional Health Department is now offering a Child Health Clinic to Cranford residents age birth through 18 years. This clinic is held three times a month by appointment only and offers free immunizations and free physical exams.The department employs a Board Certified family practice physician at every clinic to ensure the best care for every child that is seen.
The Child Health Clinic is for children who do not have insurance or whose insurance does not cover well visits.The Westfield Child Health Clinic only cares for children that are well. Our clinic does not offer medical treatment to children who are suffering from any illness.
The child health clinic accepts children who live in Cranford, Fanwood, Garwood, Mountainside, New Providence, Roselle Park, Summit and Westfield.
To schedule an appointment or for more information please call the Public Health Nursing Supervisor at (908) 789 – 4070 ext. 4074.
A free Rabies Clinic will be held: Saturday, January 19, 2013 Cranford Recreation Center 220 Walnut Avenue, Cranford. Cats will be vaccinated between 9:00 – 10:45 A.M. Dogs will be seen from 11:15 – 1:00 P.M.
All pets must be accompanied by an adult and restrained on a leash or in a carrier. Residents whose dogs or cats are due for vaccination are urged to bring them for a rabies immunization. A state requirement that a dogs’ rabies vaccination be valid through November of the licensing year is now in effect. Therefore, all residents are urged to check their pets’ immunization record for this year and next year. Re-vaccinations are good for three years. First-time vaccinations are only good for one year. For additional information please contact the Cranford Health Department at 908-709-7238.
HURRICANE STORM EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS CHECKLIST. 1. Prepare – Assemble a Kit of Emergency Supplies – Batteries, flashlight, radio, first-aid kit, medications, food and water to last three or more days, can opener, cooking tools, toiletries. o Consider stocking up on canned goods and other nonperishable food items (powdered milk or baking mixes) that require you only to add water. You should store at least one gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation. o Carry maps of the local area, flashlights and a hand-cranked radio so that you can hear news updates or instructions from emergency personnel. Included in your supply list should be an extra set of prescription glasses or contacts, 30 days or more supply of prescription drugs, medical items necessary for wounded or disabled individuals, wrench and pliers to turn off utility shut-off valves along with extra sets of batteries for your flashlights and radios. Tarps, duct tape, rope and nails can be used to create temporary shelters if need be. Do not forget to include nonprescription pain medications such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. o Make preparations to care for your family pet by making copies of veterinarian records, preparing a comfortable, portable crate or kennel for safe transportation along with food and water. Make sure your pet has all proper licensing information and is identified with name, contact information or an identifying microchip. Realize that in case of an emergency many emergency shelters do not allow pets, outside of service animals, to reduce potential health hazards to the human occupants. Make a list of hotels and motels in and around your area that are pet friendly.
Additional checklist of supplies may include:
o fire extinguisher (convenient to likely sources of ignition) o cash (in a combination safe) o supplemental heating appliance and fuel (propane, kerosene or wood) o sleeping bag o space blanket o candles or oil lamp and fuel o matches and lighter o cell phone with 12 volt charging unit for the car o engine driven generator and fuel o camp stove with fuel
2. Plan – Create an Emergency Plan – Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so plan a way to contact one another, such as enlisting the help of a third party in another state as a contact, and review what you will do in different situations.
3. Stay Informed – follow the Web site frequently for information and links to important resources. Also, listen to local radio and television for the latest information on storms and other emergencies. Review what warning sirens are used in your community to alert residents of major emergencies.
TIPS TO PREVENT MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASES: 1. Avoid mosquitoes by limiting time outside between dusk and dawn (time when they are most active). 2. Wear long sleeve shirts, long pants and socks sprayed with repellent while outdoors. 3. Use protective clothing and effective repellents whenever you go outdoors. When outdoors, apply an EPA-registered insect repellent to exposed skin, like those containing DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Consider spraying clothes with Permethrin for extra protection. 4. Mosquito proof your home. Install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside. 5. Empty water from buckets, cans, pool covers, flowerpots, pet water dishes, birdbaths, and other items weekly. 6. Clean out gutters and drains. 7. Throw out old tires or drill holes in tire swings. 8. Maintain pools and pool covers. 9. Change bird bath water every several days. (Mosquitoes breed in stagnant water).
IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MOSQUITO-BORNE DISEASES, PLEASE CONTACT THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT AT 908-709-7238.
Attention all Residents: Please remember Christmas Trees cannot be put at the curb.
The Public Works Department does not pick up the trees. Your private garbage hauler may be able to assist you in removal. If not, you can drop it off at the Conservation Center without a permit. Make sure there are no bags, ornaments, or tinsel please. The Conservation Center will be open and accepting trees January through March on Fridays 9:30am to 3:20pm and Saturdays 9:30am to 3:50pm.
GUIDELINES FOR PROPER DISPOSAL OF HOUSEHOLD MEDICATION
1. Keep medicines in original container. Mark out personal information on prescription bottles.
2. Mix liquid medicine with undesirable substances like coffee grinds, cat litter, or dirt. Dilute pills with water, then add coffee grinds, cat litter or dirt.
3. Place bottles in an opaque container, like a yogurt container, and secure lid; wrap in a dark colored plastic bag.
4. Hide container in the trash. Do NOT Recycle.
Do NOT dispose of medicine down the drain or toilet!
GUIDELINES FOR SAFE SYRINGE DISPOSAL FOR HOME GENERATED MEDICAL WASTE
What is Home Generated Medical Waste? Home generated medical waste is created throught the administration of injectable medications & other procedures. It includes syringes, needles with tubing, etc.
How Can You Safely Dispose of Your Syringes?
1) Ask your physician if he/she will take your used syringes once they are properly placed in a container.
2) Safe Syringe Disposal Program - some local hospitals offer rigid containers to dispose of medical waste for a fee. The following Union County Hospitals participate in the program: Trinitas Hospital (908-994-5077)
3) In Household Waste - Follow these steps to safely dispose of your syringes in your trash:
a) Rigid Container - You may use empty laundry detergent bottles or 2 liter soda bottles (or other rigid container with screw on caps) to dispose of needles & syringes. Or you can purchase "Sharps Containers" from your local pharmacy.
b) Label/Warning - Place a large label with a warning on the empty contaner: SYRINGES-DO NOT RECYCLE
c) Needle Clipper - You can buy an inexpensive needle clipper at your pharmacy. Using anything other than a clipper to break a needle is not safe. After clipping the needle, carefully place each of the used needles and syringes into the plastic bottle.
d) Seal - Seal the bottle tightly with its original lid and wrap duct tape over the lid after your fill the bottle with syringes.
e) Disposal - You may now dispose of the tightly sealed full container of syringes in your household garbage - NOT IN YOUR RECYCLING BIN.