Sep 24, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – Canadian researchers reportedly have found as-yet-unpublished evidence that people who had a seasonal flu shot last year incurred a higher risk of H1N1 infection, but US and World Health Organization (WHO) officials say they are not aware of any similar findings elsewhere.The Canadian Press (CP) reported that a series of studies in British Columbia, Quebec, and Ontario seem to suggest that people who received a seasonal flu shot last year were about twice as likely to contract the pandemic H1N1 virus. The findings are spurring an effort by some Canadian public health officials to delay, reduce, or cancel seasonal flu vaccination campaigns this fall.Details of the findings and the methods that led to them have not been released, as the authors have submitted a paper to a journal and therefore are barred from discussing them, according to the story. But many people in public health in Canada have heard about the data.The lead authors are Dr. Danuta Skowronski of the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control and Dr. Gaston de Serres of Laval University in Quebec, the story said.In response to a question at a WHO news briefing today, Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, director of the agency’s Initiative for Vaccine Research, said the WHO is looking into the reported findings. The WHO is trying to assemble a group of experts to review the Canadian data, she said.So far, “Investigators in other countries have looked at their own data and whether they could find similar observations, and none of the other countries have been able to find anything like that,” Kieny added. She said the findings could be real or could be the result of a study bias or other methodologic problems.She also said many years of experience with seasonal flu immunizations have yielded no other evidence that they cause this type of problem, but the report warrants investigation.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said it was not aware of any similar observations in this country. “This is unpublished data and most importantly nothing that our scientists have seen in the United States,” CDC spokesman Tom Skinner told CIDRAP News. “We believe it is advantageous for seasonal and 2009 H1N1 vaccines to be taken as soon as available.”According to the CP story, several infectious disease experts said that British and Australian researchers have not seen the phenomenon observed by the Canadian authors, either. One of the experts called the lack of confirmation elsewhere a “red flag.”Skowronski, the co-author, acknowledged that her paper needs the scrutiny of the peer-review process to uncover any methodologic problems, the CP reported. “We need to be assured that every stone was turned over to make sure what we’re reporting is valid,” she was quoted as saying.
Throughout the week presentations will be made on the various Radio stations. Listen to their programmimg to know date and times for these presentations by Eye Specialists. Prepared by: Dr. Hazel Shillingford-RickettsConsultant Ophthalmologist Share Wednesday 8.30am Poster Exhibition and Discussion at the Eye clinic Dominica China Friendship Hospital Tweet Share Monday 8.30am: Poster Exhibition, Discussion at Eye Clinic, Dominica China Friendship Hospital InternationalLifestyleLocalNews World Glaucoma Week Begins Sunday: Beat Invisible Glaucoma by: – March 5, 2020 Saturday 7.00am Poster Exhibition, Discussion and Screening for glaucoma at the New Roseau Market Family history of glaucomaElevated eye pressure (normal range 10mmHg – 22mmHg); However 50% of patients diagnosed with glaucoma have normal eye pressuresThin central corneal thickness (<0.5 MM)Trauma to the eyeSteroid medications: Pills, injections, inhalers and eyedropsMyopia (near-sighted), Diabetes mellitus, Smoking Glaucoma cannot be cured but it can be controlled.Early detection and adherence to treatment are the best means to prevent or slow progression of vision loss from glaucoma.Normal visual field (peripheral or side vision) becomes constricted(tunnel vision) over 10 years because of poor Adherence.Treatment aims to lower the eye pressure most times with eyedrops but glaucoma laser procedures and surgery are also available. Adherence to treatment is the result of a balance between the patient understanding the potential risk of blindness due to glaucoma, their belief in the benefits of their medication on one hand and the burden of taking the medication on the other; mostly cost and side effects.Patients do not benefit from medications they don’t take.The Government of Dominica has implemented a policy whereby all glaucoma medications are provided free of charge to persons 18 and younger and 60 and older.Eye clinics have resumed free of charge in all Primary health districts.There are now three ophthalmologists in the public sector and a total of 5 eye specialist in Dominica who can screen for and treat glaucoma.In addition with the construction and equipping of the new Brenda Strafford Eye Centre at the Dominica China Friendship Hospital most of the latest investigations and treatment modalities will be available for the management of glaucoma.In Dominica eye care for glaucoma is available, accessible and affordable.Do your part: “Go get your eyes tested for glaucoma. Save your sight.” Programme for Glaucoma Week March 8-14, 2020Glaucoma week declared opened with message from the Minister of Health Wellness and New Health Investment, by Honourable Dr. Irving McIntyre. March 08 – 14, 2020 is observed as World Glaucoma Week globally.This is an initiative of the World Glaucoma Association and World Glaucoma Patient Association under the theme “B.I.G: Beat Invisible Glaucoma”.The week is to raise public awareness of the eye disease glaucoma, which is a leading cause of blindness in the world and the leading cause of irreversible blindness in Dominica.Glaucoma is a group of eye diseases which damage the optic nerve of the eye which results in loss of vision starting with the side or peripheral vision. It is mostly asymptomatic that is persons are not aware that their vision is being lost until it is quite advanced. As a result it is referred to as the “Silent thief of Sight” .However most people with glaucoma do not become blind as loss of vision from it can be prevented. Friday 8.30am Poster Exhibition, Discussion and Screening for glaucoma for staff at the Dominica China Friendship Hospital Sharing is caring! Tuesday 8.30am: Poster Exhibition, Discussion and screening for glaucoma at the Roseau Health Centre, Botanical Gardens Saturday 9.00am Poster exhibition, Discussion and Screening for glaucoma at the Portsmouth Health Centre Share What are the risk factors?Age: The risk increases with ageRace: Blacks more than WhitesThey are 4-7 times more likely to develop glaucoma than Whites.They develop glaucoma at a younger age (35-40 years)They have a higher risk of becoming blind from glaucoma. 45 Views no discussions Thursday 9.00am Poster Exhibition, Discussion and Screening for glaucoma at the Marigot Health District
The retailersworried that confusion could potentially harm the environment if people eitherput “compostable” plastic in with conventional plastic, or litteredit, wrongly assuming it would biodegrade like an apple core. FIRMS areswapping to other packaging materials which are potentially even worse for theenvironment, the cross-party Parliamentary group warns. Andrew Opie,from the British Retail Consortium, echoed calls for a clearer strategy. But the authorsof the report, called Plastic Promises, say the consequences of using new materials have notbeen properly assessed. Severalsupermarkets, for instance, are selling more drinks in coated cartons under theassumption that they can be recycled. The group hasbeen working with recycling organizations to survey shops’ anonymous responsesto public anxiety about plastic polluting the oceans. The change inpackaging materials has been prompted by concern from shoppers about the impactof plastic waste in the oceans. “Acoherent waste and resources strategy is one that prioritizes reducing theenvironmental impact of the things we buy, not simply reducing plastic use,” hesaid. Some companiesthat had tried using this type of plastic also suggested that the material didnot degrade as expected in real world conditions. One firm isquoted as saying: “Consumers are hugely confused about what bio-based,compostable and biodegradable mean. We are aware that [by switching fromplastic to other materials] we may, in some cases, be increasing our carbonfootprint.” Glass bottles,for instance, are much heavier than plastic so are far more polluting totransport. Paper bags tend to have higher carbon emissions than plastic bags –and are more difficult to re-use. The reportsays: “Over 80 percent of consumers think biodegradable or compostable plasticis environmentally friendly, but there is little understanding of what theterms mean and how the material should be dealt with. The governmentpublished its resources and waste strategy in 2018, and has conducted initialconsultations on three policies: extended producer responsibility forpackaging; introducing a deposit return system for drinks bottles; and bringingin greater consistency for recycling and waste collections. Ministers saybusinesses will pay for 100 percent of costs for dealing with material when itbecomes waste, as opposed to around 10 percent currently. (BBC)
(Image; American Cancer Society Relay For Life)Many residents will join together in the fight against cancer this weekend during the Relay For Life of Franklin County.The annual event gets underway at the Brookville Town Park on Saturday at 9 a.m. and will be ongoing until Sunday at 9 a.m.Relay For Life is family friendly and serves as an opportunity to celebrate those that have overcome cancer, remembering loved ones lost, and providing a chance to fight back against the disease. The event supports the American Cancer Society’s mission to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back.Activities include music, a bone marrow drive, pretty baby contest, Relay’s Got Talent, and a Luminaria Ceremony to honor and remember everyone touched by the disease.All community members are welcome to attend and you do not have to be on a team to participate.The Relay For Life of Ripley County will be held Saturday, June 21 to Sunday, June 22, from 8 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Juanita Nobbe, age 90 of Batesville, Indiana, died Monday, October 24, 2016 at St. Andrew’s Health Campus. Born March 3, 1926 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Garnet (Nee: Nickell) and Theodore Dickman. She married Lawrence M. Nobbe on October 17, 1946 at St. Nicholas Church and he preceded her in death June 7, 1988. Juanita was a homemaker and worked in the Cleaning Department from 1978 to 1991 at Hillenbrand Industries, before retiring. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and formerly a member of the Oldenburg Knights of St. John Ladies Auxiliary.Over the years, Juanita loved to travel with her husband, Lawrence, and their children. She enjoyed taking a cruise to the Mediterranean, with trips to Russia, Greece and Ireland among her favorites. She was fortunate to be able to travel to every state in the United States. Some of her favorite hobbies were cooking, reading, quilting and sewing. She loved to make baby quilts and hangings for her family and made quilts for each of her children for their weddings. She also would often make and sew wedding attire for her family and friends. She more recently enjoyed watching movies on the Hallmark Channel. Her passion though was her family. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, especially around the holidays. Juanita was able attend all of her grandchildren’s weddings, even those most recent that were out of state.She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law Camille “Cam” and Robert Wahman of Batesville, Michelle Nobbe of Brookville, Melanie and Steve Stahley of Oldenburg; son Duane Nobbe of Batesville; daughter-in-law Bea Nobbe of Batesville; sister Helen Nobbe of Batesville; brother Lawrence “Larry” Dickman of Batesville; 11 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sons Darwin and Darrell Nobbe, brother Bruce Dickman Sr., granddaughter Lorinda Jansing and great-granddaughter Rebecca Grote.Visitation will be held Wednesday, October 26th, from 4 – 7 p.m., at the Weigel Funeral Home in Batesville. Funeral services are 10:00 a.m. Thursday, October 27th at Holy Family Catholic Church in Oldenburg, with Rev. David Kobak, O.F.M. officiating. The burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Holy Family Church Capital Improvement Fund. Online condolences may be made at www.weigelfh.com.
The Gabonese international has been linked with a move to the La Liga giants, after entering the final year of his deal at the Emirates Stadium, with no new deal on the horizon. The former Borussia Dortmund forward has now indicated the club are yet to offer a new contract, despite the growing speculation surrounding his future in North London. “Recently, I have not received an offer to extend. But, in fairness, I have been in talks for months about a deal,” he told an interview with French outlet Telefoot. “The club know why a deal has not been agreed yet, and the next step is up to them.Advertisement “This is the biggest decision of my career, I will take my time. But, at this stage, nothing has been decided.” If Aubameyang declines to commit his future to the Gunners beyond the end of next season, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta may look to sell his star man to avoid a free transfer in 2021. Loading… Read Also: Barcelona midfielder snubs Premier League move However, the English club are reportedly demanding a fee in the region of €50m for the 30-year old, despite his expiring contract. Aubameyang has been a key player for Arsenal following his arrival in January 2018, with 49 Premier League goals in 75 appearances. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Barcelona target Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has confirmed he is yet to agree a contract extension at Premier League side Arsenal. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Everything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Legendary Movies To Learn History From2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way
Captain John Terry believes Chelsea are capable of moving clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League in 2014. Press Association “The point still keeps us up there and amongst everyone,” Terry told Chelsea TV. “We all know – and the fans have seen it home and away – that we can get better. “So whilst everyone is dropping points around us, hopefully in the new year we have to start firing and put ourselves on a good run of games. “If we do that we’re more than capable of pulling away from everyone.” Mourinho called for a raucous backing from the Blues faithful when Swansea and then Liverpool visit in quick succession on Thursday and Sunday, with Chelsea firmly in title contention. “I hope Stamford Bridge is there for us; Stamford Bridge with noise,” he added. “On the last Boxing Day Chelsea were 11 points behind the leader, out of the title race. And we are there. Two points behind both leaders. “We are there so we have reasons to keep going. The way to get the first objective, which is top four and Champions League – which will be hard for everybody – is to be close in the title race. Chelsea have won one Premier League title since Jose Mourinho’s departure in September 2007 – when Carlo Ancelotti led the Blues to a league and FA Cup double in 2009/10 – and were out of contention by Christmas in the last two seasons. The Blues were 11 points behind last Christmas, but after Monday night’s goalless draw at Arsenal are fourth, two points behind Liverpool, who visit Stamford Bridge on Sunday and lead the Gunners on goal difference. “Let’s enjoy the moment.” Chelsea showed a steeliness reminiscent of Mourinho’s first team at the Emirates Stadium to frustrate Arsenal. Prior to the match at Arsenal, the Portuguese spoke of building a new dynasty after leaving a lasting legacy from his first spell. Yet, ever the perfectionist, Mourinho demands continual improvement, particularly in front of goal. “We are building a team not for one season, we are building a team for more than one season, the same way 2004/05 we build a certain profile of team, that was the profile of team that was Chelsea’s base for almost one decade,” Mourinho added. “In this moment we are building another team with different people, with different qualities and with a different profile. “If we score goals in a direct relation with what we produce, we would be in a fantastic situation, because we are not scoring enough goals. “It’s not just a problem of the strikers not scoring goals, it’s also a problem of the other people don’t transform half-chances to chances and goals.” Chelsea’s defence has also come under scrutiny in recent weeks, and Terry was pleased with just a second clean sheet in 12 league games. “A lot of people have been speculating about us conceding too many,” Terry added. “I think we’re third in the league in conceding (the fewest) goals and we’ve had a couple of games where we’ve conceded far too many than we’re used to, but overall we’ve been very solid defensively.” Mourinho is still to be beaten at Stamford Bridge after 68 home league games as Chelsea manager, and Terry hopes the Blues will show their class in the coming days to extend the record. Terry said: “We’ve been great, ever since the manager was first here a long time ago. We’ve held on to that and it (Mourinho’s record) means an awful lot to us. “A couple of (home) games we’ve conceded early goals, which has probably given us a kick up the backside earlier than we would’ve wanted to. “(But) we seem to be more flamboyant at home and at it, which is what you expect and what people want to see. “We’re very confident at home and we score a lot of goals at home.” Terry could be rested for the Swansea fixture with Liverpool in mind, but, fitness permitting, he will make his 600th Chelsea appearance in the coming days.
Football is a violent game.Anyone who watches it, who loves it, will tell you that.It’s a game about perseverance, about hard blows and ferocious tackles, about indomitable will and raw masculinity honed into 60 minutes of adrenaline-fueled aggression. The violence is disciplined into first downs and legal hits, but at its core, football taps into a love of physical competition.Fans cheer for it on the gridiron. In the confines of the white lines painted on the grass of a football field, the violence is understandable, enjoyable. But what happens when that violence follows our stars off the field?The game of football is riddled with accusations of domestic and sexual violence. And as more cases come to the surface, the question remains — what can be done?The name of the gameAlthough male athletes only make up 3.3 percent of the student body of an average college campus, a study by the National Coalition Against Violent Student Athletes found that they account for 19 percent of the sexual assaults on their campuses.Additionally, the study found that one in every three reported campus sexual assaults was committed by a student-athlete. Over 300 cases of sexual assault committed by student-athletes have been filed in the Nexis — a comprehensive database for public records and legal information — in the last two decades alone.The issue of sexual assault in athletics is at its peak when applied tofootball. Last year, both sexual and domestic violence in football dominated the headlines throughout the college and NFL seasons.USC was in the spotlight in August 2016 after former linebacker Osa Masina was charged with rape in Utah and California. Although Masina and former teammate Don Hill were both removed from the football team immediately following their arrest, and were later expelled by USC, the incident was thrown into a pile of other NCAA football indiscretions headlined by Joe Mixon’s return to Oklahoma’s starting lineup and the Baylor football sexual assault scandal.The past few seasons of college football have opened the eyes of fans, coaches and players to the underlying issue of violence in the sport. And at USC, Masina’s case in particular forced the administration to review the ways the school tackles the issue when dealing with an athlete.Although USC athletes are often treated differently than other students, discipline for sexual misconduct is applied in the exact same way regardless of a student’s athletic status, according to Vice President for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry. This is meant to provide all students with a level playing field, where no athlete is protected by their on-field contributions to the school.“It is the student code of conduct, not the student-athlete code of conduct,” Carry said. “The University has one code of conduct, and it is for all students. We follow the procedure to the letter for any member of the community. Our procedures are indifferent to what you participate in as a member of the University community.”A spokesperson for USC Athletics said that the athletics department defers to student affairs in handling student conduct issues regarding student-athletes.“This assures that student-athletes are treated like all students and do not receive special treatment because of their athletic standing,” the spokesperson said in an email to the Daily Trojan.This situation is not unfamiliar for USC Athletics — in the last three decades, the school has seen four separate sexual assault charges or accusations, including one involving former quarterback Mark Sanchez in 2006. Only Masina’s case resulted in an expulsion, although former tight end Bryce Dixon was banned from the football team despite being allowed to re-enroll at USC. Two of the accused former players are now NFL athletes.Violence off the field is not an issue that is unique to USC, and it continues all the way into the NFL. In 2015, Vice reported that 44 active NFL players charged with or accused of sexual or domestic violence in their careers as college and professional athletes were still playing in the NFL. Three were starting quarterbacks. On average, each brought in a yearly salary of more than $2 million.Some of these men were acquitted by juries. Others were acquitted in the eyes of fans and owners who value on-the-field performance over off-the-field disciplinary issues. It’s a debate that tears at front offices throughout the league — what should teams do when facing a question between a talented future and an allegedly violent past?The answer is typically the same. In a business like football, aptitude trumps anything else.Second chance universitiesBut what happens when a player is dismissed?In the NFL, the Kansas City Chiefs rode the success of wide receiver Tyreek Hill all the way to an AFC West championship, less than three years after he pinned his ex-girlfriend to the wall with one hand around her throat, beating her face with his other fist. The incident occurred in his first season as a wide receiver at Oklahoma State University. Hill pled guilty to domestic abuse after defending himself as not guilty for half a year and in the meantime, he was kicked out of the university.Now, he’s a starter for an NFL team, successful, beloved by fans after a breakout season in Kansas City. The question is obvious — how did a man who was kicked out of Oklahoma State for beating his pregnant girlfriend bloody end up back in the NFL?When players are removed from their Division I programs, they often find a new home in a lower division or junior college program. These schools feed off of the talent of athletes with Division I talent who couldn’t cut it for myriad reasons — grades, attitudes or student conduct violations.The vast majority of transfers to junior colleges or Division III programs are simply athletes who needed a second shot at college ball. They use a year or two in a less prestigious program to pull up their grades, rehab from an injury or earn new looks from other potential programs. This system helps many athletes find their footing in the competitive world of football — stars such as Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson got their start in these schools.But a small percentage of these athletes are overcoming past violence to get ahead. For instance, Lane College accepted a transfer last August despite his dismissal from Vanderbilt University due to five charges of aggravated rape. Another player charged in the same case transferred to Alcorn State University, a Division I school that already fields a registered sex offender.This is how Hill found his way back to a university even after his expulsion. He was picked up by the University of West Alabama, then by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the draft. Many teams dropped Hill from their draft boards even after he ran an impressive 4.24-second 40-yard dash.But teams such as the Chiefs, who were grasping for any opportunity to kick-start their offense, were willing to ignore past crimes in order to bring in new talent. The team’s front office did its best to address the issue, with head coach Andy Reid issuing statements about Hill’s improvement.“This country gives you a second chance, if you handle yourself the right way,” Reid said following a Chiefs practice in an interview.But despite Reid’s sureness, the discomfort of handling the issue was clear. Even more uncomfortable was the decision fans were forced to make every Sunday — whether or not to cheer for a former domestic abuser.“It always gets into those fine lines of second chances,” NBC commentator Cris Collinsworth said during Kansas City’s game against Denver last season. “Maybe you don’t deserve a second chance sometimes.”Masina awaits pending litigation for the charges in Utah, the charges in Los Angeles having been dropped in March. If he is cleared, Masina, like Hill, could be picked up by a smaller school and funneled back into the NFL.It’s not an easy path to follow. But history has proven that even when athletes commit crimes and receive punishments in full, a future in the NFL is still in the cards. The result is a system in which athletes circumvent punishments through raw talent and a faith in second chances.Looking downfieldThis can’t last forever.Across the country, college and professional programs are beginning to catch on. The University of Indiana recently enacted a policy that bans its athletics programs from recruiting or adding any new players with histories of domestic or sexual violence. And the NFL refused to invite star athletes like Joe Mixon, who was suspended for a season after breaking a female student’s jaw in his freshman year.But the solution involves more than simply preventing athletes with a history of violence from reentering the system. The NCAA developed a nationwide training program called Step UP!, which aims to teach administrators, coaches and athletes how to approach issues ranging from drug addiction to domestic violence and sexual assault.Through the program, former Arizona and NFL wide receiver Syndric Steptoe has used his knowledge as a former athlete to advocate for preventing assaults. In order to truly solve the issue of violence in athletics, Steptoe believes that the culture of male-dominant sports must change as a whole.The main problem, he said, is the treatment that comes with an athlete’s stardom.Steptoe watched this culture unfold in his own life, and it started young — high school coaches scouted youth leagues, mentoring prospects from a young age. Those same coaches built plays and programs around their stars when they reached high school. They also rearranged players’ class schedule, wrote passes to get them out of class early to travel to games and talked to teachers to smooth over failed midterms or papers.When a star reaches a college like USC, Steptoe said, the bubble surrounding them has only widened. From personalized meal plans to one-on-one tutoring sessions, universities do their best to cater to the physical and mental needs of their stars in order to maintain their academic eligibility and overall well-being. But at the same time, Steptoe believes that this level of attention can serve to feed the egos and ignore the missteps of a school’s biggest stars.“There’s this idea of what it means to be a star, what it means to be a man,” Steptoe said. “We have to change the little things, the little ways that we’re talking to our boys. When we’re looking at the sport, we have to look at how we’re raising kids in it and start at the very beginning of it.”According to Step UP! founder Becky Bell, this is where the emphasis of preventative education must begin. Her program teaches that attitudes surrounding sexual assault are often communicated in day-to-day conversations. For athletes, this means that violence prevention must come from coaches, trainers and fellow teammates.“A lot of this is breaking down the stigma and the culture that has been built up for so long surrounding athletics,” Bell said. “We need, as a whole, to be having honest conversations about these topics and to be encouraging our students and our athletes to be having the same honest conversations. It’s as small as correcting an inappropriate comment in the locker room, but those little details [can] be the start of finding a bigger solution.”Bell is quick to emphasize that there isn’t a single solution for ending sexual assault in athletics. But the path toward finding an answer involves these steps — putting pressure on athletes to correct behavior on a daily basis while implementing no-tolerance policies at the administrative level.The future of sexual assault prevention in athletics is young and still uncertain, Bell says. However, she believes that college programs and NFL front offices now have the tools, the information and the resources to begin fighting back against this issue.For now, the ball is in their hands.
Multiple University officials, including DPS Chief John Thomas, have sent messages to the community to raise awareness of drug abuse and the resources USC offers students. (Daily Trojan file photos) According to Thomas and Van Orman, students should be aware of the risks posed by prescription medications such as oxycodone, Percocet, Vicodin, morphine, fentanyl and heroin. In an interview with the Daily Trojan, DPS Captain Edgar Palmer said the recent student deaths sparked increased concern regarding drug use. While Palmer said DPS hasn’t noticed a formal pattern indicating higher rates of drug use, he has witnessed an increase in students calling the department and seeking help. “What I have seen more of is students that are calling because they need assistance, and we are happy for that in that the person recognizes they need help and they call us,” Palmer said. “We get to the scene, and we are able to connect them with some type of service.” “In addition to the direct effects of each substance, drugs shared for recreational use can be tainted or mixed with other substances to increase its effects, sometimes without a user’s knowledge,” the letter read. “This practice is rising and is linked to overdose and deaths.” California has also recently faced issues with recreational drugs such as cocaine being laced with fentanyl, an opioid that has caused thousands of deaths across the nation. “If you’re feeling like you might harm yourself, or you’re feeling like you’re having trouble coping, and you are using drugs and alcohol, there are means to get that student help,” Palmer said. “But it is something that we need to be made aware of.” In a letter to the USC community, Department of Public Safety Chief John Thomas and Chief Health Officer Sarah Van Orman warned students about the risks of drug use, particularly opioids. Since the start of the semester, at least nine students have died. Three of these deaths have been confirmed as suicides, and some of the others are still under investigation, but University officials suspect some of the deaths could be related to drug and opioid use. “I think that when you’re rooming with another student and that student is having issues, it is certainly my belief that someone is aware, and when someone is anywhere, I think the thing that people tend to do is keep quiet about it and pretend like it’s not there,” Palmer said. “And when something happens, it’s like, ‘Oh yeah, I saw that coming,’ so I think when you see someone in need or there is a problem, I think that — even anonymously — you need to alert someone.” The letter encouraged students to seek treatment and to speak with their medical providers to discuss options. Thomas and Van Orman also told students about Naloxone, a nasal spray that can reverse the impacts of an accidental overdose that can be found at the on-campus pharmacy. In 2016, the American College Health Association released a set of guidelines to help universities prevent and create strategies for treating opioid misuse among students. According to the Drug Policy Alliance, accidental drug overdose is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for individuals under 50, and nearly two-thirds of overdose deaths in 2016 involved prescription medication or illegal opioids. Students are able to anonymously ask for help from the University or recommend a peer by contacting Trojans Care 4 Trojans, an initiative from the Office of Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention. “There have been several recent overdose deaths or what are perceived as overdose deaths,” Palmer said. “We just don’t know [the cause] yet because the coroner’s report has not come back. So this is just an assumption, but in these recent deaths, narcotic abuse is something that has been considered.” Palmer encouraged people in the community to support one another by identifying students who need help.
Published on July 15, 2016 at 2:53 pm Contact Connor: firstname.lastname@example.org | @connorgrossman Related Stories Syracuse basketball will reportedly host Georgetown on Dec. 17Syracuse basketball reportedly to play Connecticut at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 5Syracuse basketball to host St. John’s on Dec. 21Syracuse will host North Florida on Dec. 3Syracuse basketball will host Cornell in 122nd all-time matchup on Dec. 27 Syracuse added another nonconference game to its 2016-17 slate on Tuesday. Eastern Michigan will come to the Carrier Dome on Dec. 19, led by head coach Rob Murphy, formerly an SU assistant coach from 2004-11.The Orange leads the all-time series between the teams, 3-1, most recently beating the Eagles, 70-48, on Dec. 31, 2013. Senior guard Raven Lee led EMU with 15.1 points per game last year, rounding out the team’s top three scorers that will return next season.Eastern Michigan finished last season 18-15 while Syracuse landed in its sixth Final Four.Syracuse now has 13 nonconference games on its 2016-17 schedule with announced or reported dates. Here’s a list of them, including a three-game, five-day stretch created because of the EMU-SU game.Nov. 11 — vs. ColgateNov. 15 — vs. Holy CrossNov. 18 — vs. MonmouthNov. 22 — vs. South Carolina StateNov. 26 — vs. South Carolina (Barclays Center)Nov. 29 — at WisconsinDec. 3 — North FloridaDec. 5 — Connecticut (Madison Square Garden)Dec. 10 – vs. BostonDec. 17 — vs. GeorgetownDec. 19 — vs. Eastern MichiganDec. 21 — vs. St. John’sDec. 27 — vs. CornellBold = Brooklyn Hoops Holiday InvitationalAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+