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Tova Cares

Summer 2016 Volume 6, Issue 2

Inside this issue:

Healthy Tidbits Drug Overdose reversed with a Nasal Spray to Lives? Save them or don’t Save them? These are the questions raising peoples’ concerns.

Narcan Spray Message from Dr. Nina Addiction Upcoming News

The Heroin epidemic and the use of the Narcan (naloxone) nasal spray has raised a concern about its availability to the public. Narcan works by reversing the effects from a Heroin overdose. Narcan attaches to receptors in the brain, reversing overdose effects when someone stops breathing which can lead to a heart attack. Derived from the opioid poppy seed, Heroin is commonly used as a street drug for its euphoric or “high” effect(s). It is also known as a pain killer but less commonly used to suppress cough. Heroin is snorted or injected in the vein. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states, Heroin addiction and overdose deaths have increased 286% and doubled since 2010. Should Narcan be used to save a person’s life or should more resources be provided for treatment and rehab? What do you think? Recently, Police in Upper Darby, PA., posted a video of a man shooting up Heroin on a public bus during rush hour and overdosing, and then being brought back by Narcan spray.

Narcan Special Agent Desmond, a spokesman for the New England region of the Drug Enforcement Administration reported that some people with Substance Abuse issues even go to towns where emergency medical workers carry Narcan. If they do overdose on heroin or other pain pills, there’s a good chance that in these towns when the police come, they will be able to give the overdoser Narcan (New York Times). Before, Narcan was injected so it wasn’t as easy to use as nasal spray. Now, almost anybody can learn how to use it, making it easy for first-responders to save lives. Many users are happy there is a nasal spray to keep them from dying; many first-responders aren’t so happy. They wonder about the effects of reviving someone if they overdose over and over again. Plus, the cost of Narcan has risen and many police and fire departments say they can’t afford it. Is it a moral or ethical question??

Donna Monroe, MS

In the wake of the tragic death of Prince, we are forced to think about how chronic pain is treated. How much is too much? Considering Prince was only 57 when he died and still performing was an exceptional feat in itself. According to an article in the New York Times, “Evidence has been mounting that suggests that Prince started taking pain meds for hip pain and became dependent on them.” It is alleged that music legend Prince had a history of hip problems and may have relied on opioids (pain meds) to ease the pain. Did the pressure of being able to perform and please his fans like he did in his 20s cross his mind as he was taking this medicine? As performers age, they may not be able to tour and perform at the same level of intensity. The human body needs ample rest in order to perform at its optimal level as we age. Musicians may need to modify their careers, lifestyles, etc. in order to keep up with the demands of touring as they grow older. In addition, many artists may feel that pain meds can relieve their symptoms when their bodies are in fact letting them know that there may be other underlying problems. Pain is one of those signals that the body uses to let the mind know that there is something wrong. In other words, pain medication may serve as relief, but may not be a permanent solution to the problem.



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September 27 - October 1st, 2016 Hyatt Regency- Baltimore, MD TOVA’S FLAVORFUL SIMPLE SUMMER RECIPE: Jicama Watermelon Salad Recipe Courtesy of Cook & Prep Time:10 Minutes Crunchy, sweet, and a little schmancy! Attack your hunger and your summer food rut at once with this special (yet so simple) salad…..

1/2 of recipe (about 1 1/4 cups): 110 calories, 4g total fat (1.5g sat fat), 176mg sodium, 16g carbs, 2g fiber, 11g sugars, 4g protein.


2 cups cubed watermelon 1/2 cup jicama thinly sliced into 2-inch strips 1/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese 1/8 teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground, if available) 1 tbsp. balsalmic vinegar 1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 tbsp. chopped basil

Directions Place watermelon and jicama into a wide , shallow bowl. Toss gently to mix. Sprinkle with feta cheese and black pepper, drizzle with olive oil and balsalmic vinegar, and top with basil! MAKES 2 SERVINGS Did you Know? W a ter m elon con ta in s a n antioxidant called lycopene, which helps fight cancer causing agents in the body. Watermelon also contains choline which may help reduce chronic inflammation.

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Teens and Mobile Device Addiction DID YOU KNOW?

According to a survey, 59 percent of parents think their children are tech addicts. They feel they are on their cell phone, computer, or tablet Sources allege that Music Legend, Prince excessively and it is having an effect on their interaction with people. The would spend up to article states, “About one-third of both parents and teens say they argue $40,000 for a six daily about the device use; only 21 percent of parents and 31 percent of kids month supply of say that they never argue about it.” They are worried about time spent in Dilaudid pills and Fentanyl patches. front of the screen and the amount of times teens check their devices. Another concern relates to teen cell phone use while driving. The author Study found that about believes parents should set a good example by not checking their phones 25 million adults while they drive. Mobile Device Addiction is not labeled as a disorder, but experience chronic parents are concerned that it should be classified as one. The article says the pain and nearly use of mobile devices are changing how people interact with each other, as 40 million adults experience severe levels well. Teens may experience physical effects from constantly using their mobile devices such as finger cramping, neck and back muscle pain, eye strain etc. Nomophobia which is the fear of being without one’s phone may also increase a teen’s anxiety or fear of losing it. There are some positive effects of teens being addicted to their mobile devices. One parent mentioned she knows her child is awake by the fact that she is “liking” pictures on Instagram early morning. Overall, there are pros and cons to teen use of mobile devices. For more information go to: Laura Wharton, B.S.

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Healthy Tidbits News Summer 2016  
Healthy Tidbits News Summer 2016