We recently talked about reasons to be aware of one’s sugar intake, and it looks like the good folks over at the FDA have been reading our blog. Among other changes, the FDA has proposed including an “added sugars” line item to food packages to help people keep track of the extra sugar they’re ingesting. Check out the infographic below to see all ways in which nutrition labels would change (via livescience):
What are your thoughts on the new nutrition label? Do you think this will change how people eat? Who do you think will be impacted most by these changes? Leave a reply below, and let us know what you think!
Did you know that keeping those extra pain pills (or those antibiotics you ended up being allergic to, or those birth control pills you switched off of months ago) lying around isn’t exactly ideal? There are actually quite a few safety hazards related to unwanted/extra pharmaceuticals: drug abuse, poisoning, overdose, environmental problems…Plus you will likely want to clear out your medicine cabinet sooner or later, and may wonder the best way to dispose of these meds.
Be sure they are not in a trash receptacle that is accessible to kids, pets, or
wildlife to avoid unintentional poisoning. Even something as simple as a few iron pills can be fatal to small children if accidentally ingested.
Protect yourself: remove any and all identifying info from the bottle – this includes anything with the patient’s name, phone number, address, etc. – prior to recycling it (if possible) or throwing it away.
› Best bet? Bring them to your pharmacy for proper disposal (Call them first – not all pharmacies have the ability to take back your old prescription/non-prescription meds).
Sometimes the pharmacy will want the label left on, and sometimes they will have you tear the label off before dropping them off. To be on the safe side, leave all labels on until/unless you’re told otherwise.
Keep an eye out for these events, which are often sponsored by the local police department, hospital, or pharmacy. These offer great opportunities to gather up all those old tubes, bottles, vials, jars, and boxes of meds you don’t need any longer and get rid of them all for good.
See disposemymeds for an easy way to find these events in your neck of the woods.
Come find Campus Health during the move-out events around campus at the end of the spring semesters – we’ll be here to collect up any meds you find under that 3 month old pile of dirty laundry you finally had to pick up in order to pack.
Now, go forth and clean out that medicine cabinet! And stay tuned for more medication safety tips…