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Prescription error awareness urged in October

By EMMA KUHN EagleHerald staff writer ekuhn@eagleherald.com

While most recognize October as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and National Bullying Prevention Month, few remember that the month of Halloween and fall foliage is also Talk About Prescriptions Month, culminating in Prescription Errors Education and Awareness Week from Oct. 24 to Oct. 31. Because the United States contains 5 percent of the world’s population but consumes 75 percent of the world’s prescription drugs, the drive to spread awareness about the potential errors that come along with the wave of prescription medications is

“We always triple-check the medication when we’re packaging it. Then we show-and-tell to the patient.” Neil Tuthill pharmacist with Aurora Pharmacy in Marinette more important than ever before. A recent Harvard study estimates that over 107,000 Americans are incorrectly taking their prescribed medications, which can result in hospitalization and possibly death. While a majority of these cases are due to patient error, such as mixing prescription medications with over-

the-counter medicine resulting in negative side effects and reactions, some cases are the result of a mixup at the pharmacy. Mix-ups in medication can be the result of misleading labeling or improper markings, human error or even machine error. With the increasing demand and reliance in the country on

in amount. The FDA is also doing its part to combat any potential medication errors by reviewing all medication error reports, including prescription, generic, and over-the-counter drug incidences by their Division of Medication Error Prevention and Analysis (DMEPA), which seeks to reduce any issues with medication, the interactions of available drugs and any issues as a result of consumption. The DMEPA also works to evaluate drug nomenclature and advertising, to ensure that no two drug names are too similar to have the potential of incorrect administration or consumption. The FDA and DMEPA also encourage consumers to report any issues that they

medicine, both prescribed, and over-the-counter varieties, it has become more important than ever for consumers to know exactly what they are taking, and what effect the drugs are intended to have. Neil Tuthill, a pharmacist with Aurora Pharmacy in Marinette, said the team at Aurora utilizes a “show-and-tell” process for when patients are picking up their medication — what the pill is, what its dosage is and its intended effects. “We always triple-check the medication when we’re packaging it,” he said. “Then we show-andtell to the patient.” Tuthill also said patients are encouraged to question a pharmacist any time the medication they are taking appears different from the norm, either in appearance or

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County to fill top position

 Commissioners agree to hire administrator, help for interim By LISA M. REED EagleHerald staff writer lreed@eagleherald.com

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Onyx, a Newfoundland dog owned by Jim and Jan Yoder, Escanaba, does not let the pressure get to him Saturday as they await his turn for obedience trials at the open house celebrating 20 years of the Tri-County Dog Academy, held at the Armory in Marinette.

STEPHENSON — The Menominee County Board of Commissioners, meeting as a committee of the whole, discussed Tuesday which direction they would like to go in hiring a new county administrator. They also will look into finding some help for the interim county administrator.

During public comment, Sheriff Kenny Marks, as a department head, detailed what he expects out of a county administrator. He said strong leadership, being educated, having common sense and a human resources background, being a good listener, and knowing how to write grants are important. He said the county

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Finance meeting County takes steps to reduce borrowing canceled with city assessor By TIM GREENWOOD EagleHerald staff writer tgreenwood@eagleherald.com

By PENNY MULLINS EagleHerald news editor/digital director pmullins@eagleherald.com

MENOMINEE — The City of Menominee Finance Committee meeting scheduled for Thursday evening has been canceled. Notice went out to council members and the media Tuesday, but no reason for the cancellation was given. While calls were made by the EagleHerald to Interim Manager/City Attorney Rob Jamo, he was unavailable and did not return them before the end of the business day. Council member Bill Plemel, a member of the Finance Committee, told the EagleHerald he spoke with Jamo in the morning Tuesday, and Jamo told him the meeting was canceled because Mari Negro, the contracted city assessor, said she could not attend. The only item on the

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Finance Committee agenda was an update on the assessment issues, which likely included the status of the 2015 tax roll seized by the State of Michigan, and petitions filed against the city with the Michigan Tax Tribunal. Jamo was notified by the Michigan Department of Treasury Oct. 4 that some of the corrective action required by the state on the 2015 tax roll had not been completed and that changes had been made to remove land value adjustments without documentation. The city had until Tuesday to respond to the state’s concerns. The letter from Kelli Sobel said the matter would be turned over to the State Tax Commission with a recommendation to assume jurisdiction of the city’s tax roll for 2016 as well. Negro has resigned from the city assessor position, effective Monday.

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MARINETTE — Several actions taken Tuesday by the Marinette County Board of Supervisors may move the county closer to not having to borrow to fund its 2017 Capital Improvement Plan. The board approved changes to the county health insurance program expected to generate “upfront savings” of $1.5 million, proposed to be used to help fund the CIP, and added $348,500 in road maintenance funds to the pro-

posed county budget to help delay projects in the original Highway Department CIP for next year. County Administrator Shawn Henessee spent much of the time Tuesday in presenting his annual budget message in describing the scenario in which no bonding might be necessary to fund the CIP next year and how the CIP should be funded in the future. He told how the 2017 CIP approved in June that called for $5,910,000 in bonded projects was recently reduced to $2.6 million. “I asked the highway

commissioner, the facilities director, Emergency Management and Information Services to take a look at their budgets and see what the minimum they needed from the CIP,” he said. “I talked to those individuals and said give me a proposal of what you feel the bare minimum that you need to maintain the needs of the county within your department.” He said Highway Commissioner Ray Palonen cut his proposed borrowing from $4.2 million for new road construction in half to $1,646 with the additional

nity. “I’m trying to fund five Chromebooks and I need ones specifically with large screens because the students can multi-task with them a little better,” she said. A Chromebook is a cloud computing device that runs on Google Drive. Most documents and applications exist in the cloud on the device. Paquette explained the

Chromebooks will be used find out what exactly this primarily for her social stud- country was founded on. We ies classes. Because these try to take what happen in computers are not fund- the past and connect it with ed by the school system, what is happening today in Paquette is seeking dona- the world.” With the devices, stutions from the public to pay dents will be able to have for them. “We are exploring pri- more access to historical mary sources, like the documents and have the Declaration of Independence opportunity to work in small and the Constitution,” she groups. “You hear a lot about explained. “We’re picking those apart and trying to See TEACHER, A3

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Teacher seeks Chromebooks for students

By CHELSEA EWALDT EagleHerald staff writer cewaldt@eagleherald.com

MENOMINEE — A Menominee Junior High teacher would like to enhance her students’ learning by utilizing Chromebooks. Nichelle Paquette, social studies and science teacher, needs $800 to be able to give her students this opportu-

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$348,500 added to the budget for road maintenance. “(Facilities Director) Marty (Keyport) did the same thing,” Henessee explained. “The original facilities proposal was for slightly over $1 million in debt for number of maintenance projects. Marty went through and prioritized those projects and cut it down to $425,000.” Henessee said the revised Highway Department CIP has already been approved by the Highway Committee, but that the revised plan still needs to be approved by the Building and Property

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