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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. Learn more HERE.

CenterPointe Hospital Spring 2019 Conference: Geriatric Neurocognitive & Behavioral Health Update

REGISTER HERE: centerpointehospital.com/registration

CenterPointe Hospital West County Outpatient Podcast by St. Louis County Family Court

CenterPointe’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), in the St. Louis area, provides half-day or evening programming during which many patients can continue with daily responsibilities. Patients in this level of care have substantial family and environmental support in working toward continuing improvement and successful management of their disorders. CenterPointe offers intensive outpatient programs for adults and adolescents. Learn more about the Intensive Outpatient Program HERE.

Crossroads Partners with Law Enforcement Agencies to bring “Risky Behavior” Program

Did you know that St. Louis has 4 times the rate of the national average of heroin overdoses? The Crossroads Program partnered with 25 Law Enforcement Agencies to host the program, “Risky Behavior” at Greentree Community Church in Kirkwood on April 23rd. Speakers, Kirkwood Chief Brian Murphy, Ballwin Chief Kevin Scott, DEA Scott Collier and Mike Weiland, informed an audience of parents, educators, healthcare workers, first responders, community leaders and many others about the warning signs of drug and alcohol addiction and how to recognize these warning signs. The “Addiction is Real: Hidden in Plain Site” initiative demonstrated how drugs can easily be concealed in a typical teen’s bedroom and gave tips to parents on how to spot signs of risky behavior in teens.

Preventing Child Abuse & Neglect

Read original article HERE. Resources on child abuse prevention, protecting children from risk of abuse, and strengthening families. Includes information on supporting families, protective factors, public awareness, community activities, positive parenting, prevention programs, and more. Also access the National Child Abuse Prevention Month website. Overview Understanding child abuse prevention and what to do when children are at risk. Includes frequently asked questions and links to related Federal and national organizations and State contacts that work to prevent child abuse. Promoting child & family well-being Information on well-being and ways programs and systems can support it. Includes resources on protective factors, marriage, fatherhood, and parenting. Public awareness & creating supportive communities Tools for sharing a child abuse prevention message with your community and building community support. Prevention programs Standards for prevention programs, research on what works, information on the role of related professionals, and resources for specific types of programs. Developing & sustaining prevention programs Considerations for managing a prevention program,...Read More >

Senior Suicides in Long-Term Care Often Go Overlooked

Read original article on cnn.com HERE. When Larry Anders moved into the Bay at Burlington nursing home in late 2017, he wasn’t supposed to be there long. At 77, the stoic Wisconsin machinist had just endured the death of his wife of 51 years and a grim new diagnosis: throat cancer, stage 4. His son and daughter expected him to stay two weeks, tops, before going home to begin chemotherapy. From the start, they were alarmed by the lack of care at the center, where, they said, staff seemed indifferent, if not incompetent — failing to check on him promptly, handing pills to a man who couldn’t swallow. Anders never mentioned suicide to his children, who camped out day and night by his bedside to monitor his care. But two days after Christmas, alone in his nursing home room, Anders killed himself. He didn’t leave a note. The act stunned his family. His daughter, Lorie Juno, 50, was so distressed...Read More >

Missouri Hospital Association Behavioral Health Summit: Creating a Culture of Change April 18-19, 2019

Health care professionals and executives from around the state and nation assembled for the 10th annual convening for behavioral health. To recognize a decade of focus on and support of behavioral health initiatives, this year’s summit will brought together a lineup of national and local practitioners and experts who are leading a change revolution. This conference provided a great opportunity to: network with other health professionals from Missouri and neighboring states explore the latest innovations in engaging employees, managing agitated patients and assessing staff safety risks engage in conversations that help evaluate practices and explore new opportunities to ensure we make a difference in the lives of our patients, our staff, our specialty and our community

St. Charles County Ranks as One of the Healthiest Counties in Missouri per MAPP April 17, 2019

Did you know that St. Charles County ranks as one of the healthiest counties in Missouri?  During an April 17th meeting hosted by CenterPointe Hospital, The Mobilizing for Action Through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) of St. Charles County continued the process to provide “A Healthy Life for Everyone.”  During this fourth meeting, “Strategic Issues and Root Causes,” of the St. Charles County MAPP process, the group discussed the results of Community Health Status Assessment and participants focused on these questions: What issues are critical to the success of the Local Public Health System? What fundamental policy choices or critical challenges must be addressed in order for this community to achieve its vision? The MAPP process was developed by the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to build a community consensus toward the health needs of area residents.   The next meeting will be held on May 23rd at the University of...Read More >

Earth Day 2019 – Protect Our Species

Read original article on earthday.org HERE. “In nature, nothing exists alone.” — Rachel Carson, 1962 Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity. The unprecedented global destruction and rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations are directly linked to causes driven by human activity: climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides to name a few. The impacts are far reaching. If we do not act now, extinction may be humanity’s most enduring legacy. Here are some quick facts on the current wave of extinction...Read More >

“Understanding Substance Use Among Senior Adults” was the Topic at the St. Charles County Senior Services Task Force Meeting April 16, 2019

Candi Finan, Clinical Supervisor of The Changing Pointe Addiction Treatment Center at CenterPointe Hospital, gave a presentation on “Understanding Substance Use in Senior Adults” at the Senior Services Task Force Meeting held at the Spencer Library on April 16th, 2019.  Candi explained that sometimes seniors unknowingly become addicted to prescription pain medication due to lack of awareness about the powerful addictive nature of opioid medication.  However, treatment for opioid dependence can be very effective for seniors and may require treatment in an inpatient or outpatient substance use treatment program. Learn more HERE.

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