Let’s talk about Rx use: What is an opioid?

first_img Published: Nov. 28, 2018 • By Health and Wellness Services There are many reasons someone may take a prescription medication. We know these prescriptions are only safe when taken as directed by a medical professional for a specific health purpose, but for those who still choose to use outside of these conditions,* there are some things to be aware of.Whether you’ve heard about the opioid crisis, are concerned about a friend or just want to know more about prescription use and safety, here are the basics.*It is illegal to take a prescription medication that was not prescribed to you directly.What is an opioid?There’s a lot of media coverage on opioid use in our country. It’s important to know what opioids actually are, where they come from and what the risks of use include.Opioids are drugs derived from opium, also called opiates. Opioids include semi-synthetic and synthetic opiates, which include illicit drugs such as heroin, fentanyl and carfentanyl. Opioids also include prescription pain medications, such as morphine, hydrocodone and oxycodone (Oxycontin).Opioid overdoses can be fatal and difficult to predict. The best prevention is to avoid opioid use unless explicitly prescribed to you with specific instructions by a medical professional. However, if someone still chooses to use, noting the factors that can contribute to an overdose may help save a life.Types of other prescription medicationsSafety and risks with prescription medications depends on the type of medication in use. It’s good to be aware of the associated effects with each.Depressants are medications such as Xanax and Oxycontin, which can create feelings of sedation in users. They can also slow down or stop breathing.Stimulants are medications such as Adderall, which activate the body’s systems and increase heart rate, blood pressure and breathing. They can also create feelings of alertness.Mixing any of these with other substances, including alcohol, can seriously increase the risk of negative effects and can be fatal in some cases. It is illegal to use prescription medications that were prescribed to someone else; doing so also may increase the risk of negative effects, as the actual contents of the medication are unknown to the user.To keep yourself, others and the environment safe, safely dispose of any unused prescription medication in the safe disposal box at the CU Boulder Police Department.Risk factors for overdoseQuality. Substance potency varies substantially and may be cut with dangerous, high-potency opioids.Mixing. Mixing opioids, in particular, with alcohol or other medications such as benzodiazepines can slow the respiratory system and stop breathing.Tolerance. Tolerance decreases after periods without use including detoxification, hospitalization or if a person resumes use after recovery.Environment. Using in isolated environments decreases the likelihood of someone being able to help in an overdose situation.Health problems. Underlying health problems, especially chronic lung diseases such as emphysema or sleep apnea, can slow the respiratory system—even when the user is not aware they may have these underlying health problems.How to help a friendFor those interested in recovery and treating addiction, Counseling and Psychiatric Services (located in Wardenburg Health Center and C4C S440) provides individual therapy, referrals to community resources and ongoing suboxone treatment, which provides medically assisted support to those with an opioid addiction.The CU Collegiate Recovery Center, located in UMC 102, provides meetings and support groups, recovery-focused housing, events and activities, peer support and more for students in recovery or interested in pursuing recovering.Health Promotion, located in UMC 411, also provides trainings throughout the semester on recognizing and responding to an overdose; stay tuned to CU Boulder Today for more information.Get more information about alcohol and other drugs policies and resources at CU Boulder.Categories:SafetyCampus Community Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Cramer nets four points to lead Nelson past Grand Forks 8-6

first_imgThe Nelson Leafs couldn’t keep Max Newton under wraps as the Bruins sniper scored three times.However, Nelson had the offence firing on all cylinders, scoring eight times during an 8-6 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Border Bruins Friday in Grand Forks.Nelson’s game star Robson Cramer led the assault, scoring twice while adding a pair of assists before an announced crowd of 351 in the Boundary City.Matt MacDonald also finished with four points, scoring once while adding three assists. Brendan Smith, Austin Seaman, Dylan Williamson and Darnel St. Pierre also scored for Nelson, which led 5-2 after 40 minutes.Along with Newton, now tied for top spot in KIJHL scoring with Paul Lautard of Summerland and Castlegar’s Bryan Lubin, Keven Moreau, Matt Lucero and Michael Rand, also scored for Grand ForksNelson Minor Hockey grad Coleton Dawson, playing for Grand Forks was held off the scoresheet.Brett Soles was back between the pipes after getting over the flu to register the win. Nelson outshot the Bruins 32-26.Kiernan Matsuba took the loss in goal for Grand Forks.Nelson, 10-3-2-1, increased its lead in Murdoch standings to four points over the Beaver Valley Nitehawks.The Hawks lost in overtime to Golden 4-3 while Castlegar was edged 4-3 by Fernie.Nelson, winners of three straight games, host the Golden Rockets Saturday at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.last_img read more

Warriors squander Curry’s 40 points, lose to Grizzlies in OT

first_imgSmart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Memphis Grizzlies’ Mike Conley (11) makes a basket over Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, right, in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter during an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. APOAKLAND, California—Golden State squandered a spectacular 40-point night by Stephen Curry with an awful fourth quarter, watching Mike Conley knock down a jumper with 55 seconds left in overtime as the Memphis Grizzlies stunned the Warriors 128-119 on Friday.Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph each made two quick baskets as the Grizzlies hit their initial five shots in OT on the way to beating the Warriors for a second time this season and snapping Golden State’s nine-game home winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Lakers roll past Heat 127-100 after Clarkson, Dragic ejected Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine We are young EDITORS’ PICK Senators to proceed with review of VFA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Draymond Green had a three-point play with 2:22 left in the extra session, then made a steal on the other end but turned it over and Troy Daniels immediately hit a baseline 3.Conley scored 27 points and tied it on a 17-footer with 7.4 seconds left in regulation, and a heavily guarded Curry missed from way back before the buzzer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngKevin Durant added 27 points and 13 rebounds in the Warriors’ sixth loss. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes View commentslast_img read more

vPro Expert Center moves out to myITforum.com

first_imgmyITforum.com is a community of worldwide IT professionals. myITforum.com membership and visitors are made up of IT Administrators and IT Managers from several countries, in small, medium, and large companies around the world. Close to 50,000 people visit myITforum.com each day to find solutions to problems they face. These answers come in the form of articles, self-help forum posts, self-help email discussion lists, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) database, blog posts, and online media such as videos and podcasts.So today I decided to put some of our vPro efforts out onto another website designed to aide the IT community. I re-created our “[Known Issues|http://www.myitforum.com/myITWiki/Known%20Issues%2c%20Best%20Practices%2c%20and%20Workarounds.ashx?NoRedirect=1]” wiki as well as the “[Tools for vPro and Centrino Pro|http://www.myitforum.com/myITWiki/Tools%20for%20Intel(r)%20vPro%20and%20Centrino%20Pro.ashx]” wiki onto a vPro Expert Wiki. I wanted to let the expert center aware of this so that any of you can help out in our cross-linking efforts. Feel free to visit the vPro wiki that I have created over there and add whatever docs you think might be helpful. The wiki markup that they use is slightly different than ours, so let me know if you’re interested and I can help explain it all to youlast_img read more

Diana Penty glitters like gold at Cannes

first_imgCannes: Bollywood actress Diana Penty made a sparkling debut with a glittery gold ensemble at the 72nd Cannes Film Festival. For her look, the “Cocktail” actress chose a ravishing mini golden tassle dress by Greek fashion designer Celia Kritharioti. Diana, who is a part of the film gala as part of an association with vodka brand Grey Goose, paired the dress with embellished sheer golden knee-length heeled boots by the same designer. The 33-year-old actress attended the grand Chopard party with nude make-up and lips. She completed her look with sleek middle-parted hair. Apart from Diana and actress Kangana Ranaut, Huma Qureshi will be seen at the Cannes red carpet for the brand this year. Diana began her modelling career in 2005. She made her acting debut in 2012 with the romantic-comedy film “Cocktail”, and later featured in films like “Happy Bhag Jayegi”, “Lucknow Central”, “Parmanu – The Story of Pokhran” and “Happy Phir Bhag Jayegi”.last_img read more

The Jets Are Bad But Are They 016 Bad

When receiver Quincy Enunwa suffered a season-ending neck injury recently, the number of NFL-caliber receivers on the New York Jets’ active roster dropped from one to zero.Taken together, the Jets’ top five remaining wideouts — Robby Anderson, Jalin Marshall, Charone Peake, Chris Harper and Frankie Hammond — average 1.4 years of NFL experience, 18.6 career receptions and 223.8 receiving yards.The Jets have arguably the worst quarterback group in the NFL, an offensive line that lost its left tackle (Ryan Clady) and center (Nick Mangold) from last season’s 5-11 squad, and a pass defense that last year ranked 31st in Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average (DVOA). With games scheduled against teams from the stacked AFC West and NFC South divisions, it’s no wonder that people are saying the Jets are headed for an 0-16 season.But a winless season takes more than a terrible roster; it also takes terrible luck.The 2008 Detroit Lions are the only NFL team to go winless in the NFL’s 37 years of 16-game regular seasons.1The NFL adopted a 16-game schedule in 1978, but strikes in 1982 and 1987 caused those seasons to be shortened. Last season’s Cleveland Browns came pretty close — making it to 0-14 before picking up their only win in dramatic fashion in Week 16. The 2008 Lions and 2016 Browns have something else in common: The numbers say their results were profoundly unfortunate.Pro-Football-Reference.com’s “expected wins” calculation measures what a team’s record should have been based on how many points it scored and allowed. It’s a simple formula that essentially assumes that a team’s close wins and losses should balance out. And it turns out that assumption is mostly right: Deviations between a team’s actual and expected records have a tendency to evaporate across seasons.According to expected wins, the 2008 Lions should have had 2.8 wins and the 2016 Browns should have had 3.5. In fact, only 11 teams have finished a 16-game season with one or no wins — and those teams averaged 3.0 expected wins. In other words, teams that flirt with zero wins usually have the talent to win a few more games, but they also catch a lot of (bad) breaks, losing more often than could reasonably be expected from the way they played.So if 0-16 is partly bad luck — which we can’t really predict — and partly bad talent, how do the Jets stack up in the latter department? Let’s start with the 2016 version of the team and then compare it with the four teams since the 2002 realignment that have won zero or one games: the 2007 Miami Dolphins, 2008 Lions, 2009 St. Louis Rams and 2016 Browns. We’ll focus on two power ratings: PFR’s Simple Rating System (SRS), which adjusts a team’s scoring margin for the strength of its opponents, and DVOA, which measures how well (or in this case, poorly) a team plays on a per-play basis. The 2016 Jets scored 17.2 points per game, more than each of the four one- and zero-win teams did. Last season’s Jets also allowed 25.6 points per game, fewer than any of the four. The Jets posted an SRS of -8.5 — awful, but better than all but the 2007 Dolphins among our list of possibly comparable teams. The 2016 Jets had 4.5 expected wins, also the highest among the group. DVOA was less kind — the Jets’ -32.4 percent is worse than the 2016 Browns’ -30.4 percent and well below that of the 2007 Dolphins’ -21.4 percent.By these measures, the 2016 Jets were at least as good as, if not significantly better than, all the one- and zero-win squads of this era.So the Jets were bad last season, but they weren’t 0-16 bad. Knowing nothing else, that means they’d have to have a ton of bad luck to go winless this season — or they would need to suffer a disastrous offseason.But when it comes to offseason talent gains and losses, the Jets arguably held steady: Free-agent tackle Kelvin Beachum was brought in to offset the loss of Clady, and free-agent cornerback Morris Claiborne was signed to replace Darrelle Revis, who was released. With their first two draft picks, the Jets selected safeties, bolstering their pass defense with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.It wasn’t all positive, of course — these are the Jets, after all. The team tried to address the free-agency loss of top wideout Brandon Marshall by drafting pass-catchers with their next three picks. But middle-round wide receivers ArDarius Stewart and Chad Hansen and tight end Jordan Leggett almost certainly won’t replace the production of Marshall, a six-time Pro Bowler, let alone Enunwa’s.The Jets’ air attack is likely to be less effective in 2017 than it was in 2016, even if the motley trio of Josh McCown, Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg can combine to be better than the Jets’ league-worst quarterback corps (67.6 team passer rating) from 2016.But for the Jets not to win a single game this season, their 2017 offense will have to be far less effective than the 2016 version, their defense even weaker — and their on-field luck much, much worse. So take heart, Jet fans: Even with the worst team in football, 0-16 is a tough feat to pull off. read more