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Family Living Focus Use Medications as Directed Prescription drugs help millions of people live longer and healthier lives. If you don't take your medicines as di- rected, or if you take someone else's medications, the results can be deadly. Unfortunately, prescription drug abuse is all too common in the United States. Misuse of prescription medications affects people of all ages and races. Medication abuse can affect ordinary people as well as celebrities. A federal survey in 2008 found that about one in five people ages 12 and up said they'd taken a prescription drug for nonmed- ical purposes at least once in their life- times. People abuse prescription drugs for many reasons, including to get high, lose weight or build muscle but this abuse carries a serious risk of addiction. And it can lead to other health prob- lems, including irregular heartbeats, seizures, breathing problems and per- sonality changes. Car accidents and physical injury are other concerns. There's a myth that prescription drugs are safe because they come from a drugstore but when people take them outside of a doctor's supervision they can be dangerous to our health. A dose that's perfectly safe for one person who's taken the drug for a long time may be potentially lethal for another. And when you combine drugs with other substances, like alcohol, you're taking a great risk. The three categories of drugs most commonly abused are stimulants, de- pressants and painkiUers. Stimulants are often prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Depres- sants are used to treat anxiety, panic at- tacks and sleep disorders. When taken exactly as prescribed, prescription painkillers can effectively manage pain and rarely cause addiction. Studies are under way to leam more about prescription drug abuse and who's at risk for addiction and to de- velop better treatments for pain that might be less addictive or less likely to be abused. If you have prescription medica- tions, take them exactly as directed. If you have prescriptions for commonly abused drugs, maintain control of them so they don't tempt visitors. Many peo- ple who are abusing prescription drugs are not getting them directly from physicians. In many cases, the drugs are obtained from family or friends who have prescriptions. Make sure to use prescription med- ications the right way, just as the doctor ordered. Take Your Medications Properly Always follow prescribed direc- tions. Read all the information pro- vided by the pharmacist. Never stop taking or change your medication doses without first dis- cussing it with your doctor. Be aware of potential interactions with other drugs. Tell your heahhcare professional about all the medications and dietary and herbal supplements you're taking. Never use someone else's prescrip- tion. Safeguard medications by keeping track of how much you have and safely disposing of drugs you don't need. If you would like more information on "Use Medications as Directed" feel free to contact Gail Gilman-Waldner, Program Development and Coordina- tion-Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging, Inc. and Professor Emeritus- University of Minnesota at 507-389- 8869 or e-mail Gall at Additional re- sources are available by contacting the Senior LinkAge Linefi at 1-800-333- 2433 or visiting the MinnesotaHelp.Info website at www.MinnesotaHelp.lnfo. Be sure to watch for more Family Living Focus information in next week's paper. INPULSE, AN A CAPELLA VOCAL BAND, performed at the Ortonville High School on Oct. 14. The group is shown above working with the Ortonville Senior High Choir. INPULSE first put on a lyceum for the Or- tonville and Big Stone City, SD student body. In the afternoon the Renville County West, Milbank, SD, and Or- tonville Senior and Junior High Choirs participated in a masterclass. They covered such topics as singing vocal percussion to duplicate drum sounds, using classical vocal training to enhance the quality of production, mic technique and various other topics associated with producing popular a cappella music. Inpulse kept the ses- sions moving in a relaxing manner and the sessions were enjoyed by all. INPULSE then led both the Senior and Junior High choirs in separate sessions and concentrated on learning "I'm Yours``. They demonstrated how to sing various parts of the song and then pieced it toglther by the fourinpulse singers individually helping each section learn their part at the same time. The ch)ir tudents then performed "I'm Yours`` at the evening con- cert. Check out our website at www.ortonvilleindependenLcom ) We S00dute Those Who Served Are Serving Our Coun00',,00z/ Veterans Day - Nov. 11,2010 CAPr. NATHAN FOSTER MN Army National Guard Deployed to Iraq after Thanksgiving CWO WILLIAM LANE U.S. Marine Carp- WW II SP4 GALE )lAY U,S. Army 1970-72, Vietnam 1971-72 SI, I. GERALD RADTKE U.S. Army 1963-66 South Korea 1965-66 IST LT. JAMES D. KAERCHER U.S, Air Force 1952-54 MSGT DUANE D. HILLMAN U,S. Air Force, 1977-1992 CPT JONATHAN SCHOLBERG U,S. Army Active Duty in Afghanistan 2007-2010 SFC JOHN R. MEYER 1-175th FSC, 1-151 FA- Operation Iraqi Freedom 2004-05, 2009-10 SPC SAMANTHA K. MEYER 1-175th FSC, 1-151 FA Operation iraqi Freedom 2009-10 ELWOOD THRONDRUD Lieut. (jg) U.S. Navy, WWl11942-46 Southwest Pacific- Guam, Leyte, Mindoro, Luzon, Okinowa CRAIG MCEWEN Yeoman 2nd Class, U,S. Navy 1966-70 ROYCI{ M(,LWEN 2nd Class Petty Officer, U,S, Navy 1972-74 ORVILLE H. MCEWEN Pharmacist Mate 1st Class, U.S, Navy 1942-45 WW II Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010 00INDEPENDENT Page 7