UCSOP Script Your Future & Medication Safety Radio Program Available for Download

In February and early-March the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy hosted a six-part Radio Blog Talk Series on Medication Safety and Adherence in partnership with Forest of the Rain Productions.

Script Your FutureThe programs were held every Wednesday from 8:30pm-9:30pm EST, February 1-March 8, 2017 and featured our students, faculty, staff and community partners. Information about medication adherence was shared in addition to discussion regarding our community efforts to promote medication safety education and training. 

Topics of discussion included:

  • February 1-Introduction to the Script Your Future Medication Adherence Challenge
  • February 8-Generation Rx: Prescription Safety Education in Partnership with Kanawha County Schools and the University of Charleston School of Pharmacy
  • February 15-Proper Medication Disposal
  • February 22-The Nationwide Drug Epidemic and the Role of Medication Adherence
  • March 1-Medication Adherence and Safety: Focus on DEA 360 Strategy
  • March 8-Disease Management and Medication Adherence

All shows were recorded for rebroadcast and can be access at: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/ptlsafemedicationuse

Script Your Future – Smoking Cessation

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For many years, tobacco use has been the leading cause of preventable death and disease in the United States and around the world. West Virginia is no exception. In fact, West Virginia ranks as one of the highest tobacco-using states in the country. Over 3,500 people die in WV each year from tobacco-related causes – this averages to about 10 persons per day dying from tobacco exposure. With that being said, our population of pregnant women who smoke is alarmingly high as well. According to the 2016 WV DHHR Report, 24.2% of pregnant women smoke in WV. Although this number has slightly decreased from recent years, WV continues to remain significantly above the the national average of 8.2%.

Not only does smoking increase mortality, it can also pose serious threats to one’s overall health as well. First and second-hand smoke have both been linked to worsening lung function and increasing respiratory disease in those exposed. Furthermore, smoking has been linked to cause and/or worsen gum disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer, asthma, COPD, emphysema, and diabetes complications. For pregnant women who smoke, the risks are even higher. Smoking during pregnancy contributes to premature birth, birth defects, and infant death. If these physical negative effects are not enough, smoking-related illnesses costs over $300 billion dollars each year with nearly $170 billion of that being in direct medical costs. The combination of physical and economical detriments of smoking are clear reasons as to why smoking cessation is so important.

When a person stops smoking, the positive effects on their bodies begin almost instantaneously. Smoking cessation improves blood pressure, circulation, and lung function, to name a few. The good news is that it is never too late to quit! There are numerous resources available for those interested in smoking cessation. WV has several organizations who dedicate their time and efforts to smoking cessation in our communities, as well. Furthermore, doctors, pharmacists, and other health care professionals have the ability and knowledge to educate patients about the benefits of smoking cessation and how to get connected with the proper resources. UCSOP and the Script Your Future campaign encourages all persons to quit smoking and become educated on the risks it poses to your cardiovascular and respiratory health, especially.

If you or a loved one are interested in quitting smoking, you can visit www.wvquitline.com or call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.

You can also take the pledge to quit smoking at www.scriptyourfuture.org.

1-800-QUIT-NOW

References:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/quit-smoking/index.html
  2. http://www.dhhr.wv.gov/News/2016/Pages/Rates-of-Smoking-during-Pregnancy-Show-Strong-Signs-of-Decline.aspx
  3. http://www.dhhr.wv.gov/wvdtp/Documents/DTP%202015%20Progress%20Report.pdf

Script Your Future: COPD & Medication Adherence

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic, progressive disease that is often caused by long-term exposure to lung irritants. This disease is a result of decreased air flow in and out of the lungs due to one or more of the following: airways lose their elasticity, the walls between the air sacs are destroyed, the airways thicken and become inflamed, and/or the airways have increased production of mucus which can clog them. COPD usually causes coughing along with the production of large amounts of mucus, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and other symptoms.

The causes of COPD have been extensively studied, and it is no surprise that smoking is at the top of the list. Smoking, frequent exposure to air pollutants, secondhand smoke, and chemical fumes have all been linked to causing COPD.

With that being said, smoking cessation and avoiding harmful fumes are some of the best steps you can take to slowing the progression of this disease and improve your breathing. Because COPD is a progressive disease, it is especially important for patients to take their medications as they are prescribed by a doctor. The medications used to control/treat COPD are usually inhaled bronchodilators and corticosteroids. It is important for these medications to be used regularly, not just when a “flare up” occurs in order to get the best outcomes possible.

Not only does COPD directly affect one’s ability to breathe, it also puts these patients at higher risk for other respiratory conditions. Influenza and pneumonia, especially, are two of the most common co-conditions seen in patients with COPD. Fortunately, there are vaccinations to help prevent you from ever getting the flu or pneumonia! It is recommended for all persons with COPD to get their flu shot each year, and get their pneumonia vaccine as recommended by their health care provider. Managing chronic conditions like COPD can be challenging, but it is important to stay educated about the disease and how to manage it appropriately.

Visit www.scriptyourfuture.org & Take the Pledge to Take Your Meds today!