Monday, February 5, 2018

FDA cracks down on abuse of anti-diarrhea medication

As part of its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration is asking manufacturers of over-the-counter anti-diarrhea treatments to change the way they package their products. The FDA says the voluntary measures are needed to curb the growing abuse of Loperamide (sold under the brand name Imodium A-D) which is used by some suffering from opioid addiction as a potential way to manage withdrawal or maintain a high. Loperamide is safe at approved doses, up to a maximum of four 2-milligram tablets per day without a prescription. But when higher than recommended doses are taken we’ve received reports of serious heart problems and deaths with loperamide, particularly among people who are intentionally misusing or abusing high doses. Experts say it takes an enormous dose of anti-diarrhea medication to get high. Addicts have been found to be popping anywhere from 50 to 300 pills per day. According to a 2016 study published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, Imodium A-D, in massive doses, works in the body the same way as heroin, morphine, and oxycodone. However, Imodium A-D is a cheaper alternative since some big box stores sell 400 tablets for less than $10. (CBS News)


New Study Finds Dirtiest Spot at the Airport

When you’re racing to catch a flight, you’re probably not thinking about all the germs lurking at the airport’s self-check-in kiosks. Unfortunately, it may, in fact, be time to consider those germs. A new study (by recently completed 18 tests across six surfaces inside three major U.S. airports and airline flights. Overall, they found the self-check-in kiosks were germiest of all the spots they tested (it’s 1,475 times worse than your toilet seat). In second were airline gate bench armrests, followed by the water fountain button. (Southern Living)


It’s a loophole of sorts

Some companies have found a way to sell and deliver marijuana without operating a retail store in states that have legalized the drug for recreational use simply by taking advantage of a “gifting” provision that lawmakers intentionally included in the law. The provision allows adults to exchange or “gift” small amounts of pot to another adult. For example, the law makes it legal for people to share a joint at a party or give some pot to someone for their birthday, but some have taken it a step further. The states with the provision are Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Nevada, Oregon and Washington state, plus the District of Columbia. Vermont is the only state state where pot is legal and doesn’t have the provision. However, it’s not expressly banned, so this type of exchange would be allowed, experts say. Some companies are advertising themselves as juice-delivery companies or T-shirt companies, and when you place an order for one of their high-priced everyday items, it comes with a “free” gift of pot. In states that have retail storefronts, the gifting provision cuts into their sales and into state marijuana tax revenues. (AP News)


Sinkhole swallows man and his motorcycle

A motorcyclist got the ride of his life in Augusta, Georgia when a sinkhole opened up in a parking lot and swallowed him and his bike. The city firefighters pulled the man from the hole at the Augusta Exchange parking lot. The motorcyclist had minor injuries. (Yahoo News)


Woman denied emotional support peacock on United flight

A woman attempted to bring a peacock onto a flight out of Newark International Airport but was told her bird couldn’t fly. Part of the incident was caught on video by fellow passenger who recorded the peacock-toting passenger taking her bird into the airport. The woman bought a separate ticket for the peacock, but United Airlines wouldn’t let the bird board. “This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size,” United said in a statement. “We explained this to the customers on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport.” (Fox News)


Plane full of plumbers diverted due to toilet trouble

A Norway-to-Germany flight had to turn around for a toilet issue — despite having 85 plumbers on board. The Norwegian Flight DY1156 from Oslo to Munich took off at 8:28 a.m. local time Saturday (1/27) morning and climbed to 33,000 feet before turning around at the Swedish border. The situation was made more unusual by the plane’s passengers — 85 plumbers. “There was a good atmosphere in the plane, what with the irony about the broken toilets,” one plumber said. Fellow passengers agreed it was a humorous situation. “So many plumbers on a plane and it has to turn around because of toilet trouble — there’s good humor in that,” another said. The flight eventually arrived in Munich three and a half hours behind schedule. (UPI)


Perfectionism is on the rise

Perfectionism among college students in the US, Canada, and UK increased significantly between 1989 and 2016, according to research from psychologists Thomas Curran and Andrew Hill. While it may sound like an admirable trait, perfectionism is also connected to anxiety, depression, and other serious mental health issues. Curran and Hill suggest that managers and mentors can relieve some of its worst effects by encouraging a more positive approach to failure, emphasizing its power to teach valuable lessons and lead to future success. (Harvard Business Review)


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Adlai Stevenson Day
Dump Your Significant Jerk Day (First Day of Dump Your Significant Jerk Week)
Move Hollywood & Broadway to Lebanon, PA Day
Shower With A Friend Day
Weatherperson’s Day
Western Monarch Day
World Nutella Day
World Animal Reiki Day

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