How To Safely Dispose Of Rx Drugs

According to the White House Drug Policy Office, prescription drug abuse among 18 – to 25-year-olds rose 17 percent from 2002 to 2005. In 2004 and again in 2005, there were more new abusers of prescription drugs than new users of any illicit drug.

Young people mistakenly believe prescription drugs are safer than street drugs, doctors say. But accidental prescription drug deaths are rising and students who abuse pills are more likely to drive fast, binge-drink and engage in other dangerous behaviors. Parents should be alert to these signs and changes in behavior.

Al Gore III’s arrest may raise awareness among parents, said Dr. Donald Misch, director of health services at Northwestern University in Evanston. “This is an opportunity for people to understand this is happening in your household,” he said. “These are your kids. The drug dealers they’re going to are their doctors, their parents and their friends.”

Parents should clean out their medicine cabinets and lock up any prescription medications. This is more than likely customary in homes with toddlers but is advisable no matter the age of the child, just to be safe. This would also prohibit giving them to friends if your child isn’t a user.

Deputy drug czar, Scott Burns stated: “We found in focus groups of young people across the country that in large measure they’re getting the drugs from their own medicine cabinets and the Internet. Some Web pharmacies deliver ordered drugs without legitimate prescriptions, but other sites steal credit card information and never fill orders, Burns said.

With the rise in prescription drug abuse, three federal agencies issued guidelines earlier this year for disposing of medications without harming the environment.

1. Remove unused, unneeded or expired prescription drugs from their original containers.

2. Mix prescription drugs with an undesirable substance, like used coffee grounds or cat litter, and put them in impermeable, nondescript containers, such as empty cans or sealable bags.

3. Throw containers in the trash.

4. Don’t flush prescription drugs down the toilet unless the accompanying patient information says specifically it is safe to do so.

5. Return drugs to pharmaceutical take-back sites that allow consumers to return unused drugs for safe disposal.

Sources: White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection Agency.

Author’s Note: A pharmaceutical sales representative can increase sales by volunteering to return expired or outdated medications for the wholesalers in their territory. This can be a daunting task for their employees. Offering customer service at this level is rare and not expected. This also gives the drug rep an idea of the inventory on hand and an opportunity to help sell their medications. The wholesaler can offer specials to the retail drug stores on your proprietary pharmaceuticals.

Foot Fixation? Beware of Jock Itch

Lots of men are sole men – dudes with a particular “thing” for feet. As a matter of fact, some experts believe that a foot fixation is the most common fixation, especially among men. But does a foot fixation come with any potential male organ health concerns? Actually, depending upon how the foot fixation is played out in practice, there could be an increased risk of jock itch among men with this proclivity.
The foot fixation

A 2006 research study found that fixations that involve body parts (or objects associated with body parts, such as shoes) are the most common, and that feet and/or toes are the most popular body parts for sensual fixating on.

When most people think of a foot fixation, they tend to picture a man who worships the foot. He may touch, stroke, sniff, or kiss a foot which he finds attractive. As he does this, he becomes more and more excited. Often he self-stimulates his member while touching or kissing the foot in question, achieving a more intense intense point as a result of the contact with the foot.

But there are other ways in which the foot fixation may be acted out. For example, sometimes the fixation focuses on the shoe which has contained the foot, and he may fondle or kiss the shoe as he self-gratifies. Or rather than self-pleasuring himself as he kisses a foot, he may instead ask the owner of the foot to rub his tumescent member with the foot, or may position himself to rub his manhood against a stationary foot.

The jock itch concern

It’s in this latter type of scenario – one in which there is direct physical contact between the foot and the member itself – that the potential concern about jock itch more likely arises.

To understand why, it’s necessary to know a little about jock itch. Also called tinea cruris, jock itch is a fungal infection that can affect the manhood, sacks, buttocks and midsection. It presents as a red rash and, as its nickname suggests, can be extremely itchy.

As a fungal infection, jock itch thrives in hot, moist places – such as the midsection. And it’s very contagious (which is one reason a guy shouldn’t share underwear with another guy).

But here’s the thing: the fungus that causes jock itch is basically the same one that causes athlete’s foot. And so if a man is rubbing a foot all over his manhood, or is rubbing his manhood all over a foot, and that foot has a fungus – it may easily get spread to the member and cause a case of jock itch. (There is also a similar risk if a man places a sock, stocking or shoe on his member; if the wearer of that item has athlete’s foot, the fungus may have spread to the item and may then spread to the member in question.)

Similarly, a man with jock itch can pass his fungus off to a partner’s foot by physical contact between the two.

Treatment

Men with a foot fixation should ideally ask the owner of any feet they fixate on if they have any foot conditions. Barring that, a man should inspect the foot for signs of a fungal infection, and avoid male organ contact if signs are present.

But, though an annoyance, jock itch does respond we’ll to treatments. Keeping the area dry and free from irritation and using any number of jock itch treatments (most of which are over-the-counter) generally brings relief in a few days. A doctor may also be consulted.

Whether from a foot fixation or not, jock itch can dry the skin, so using a superior male organ health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) is advised. Find a crème with both she abutter and vitamin E, two well-regarded moisturizers that can help treat dry manhood skin. It also pays to find a crème that contains vitamin B5. Also called pantothenic acid, B5 provides a boost to cell metabolism and helps maintain healthy manhood tissue.

Male Organ Rash from Shingles? It Happens

Good male organ care is essential for maintaining a guy’s favorite body part in its best condition. Not only is a healthy manhood better positioned to perform at appropriate levels, but it also tends to be more handsome and appealing. And sine first impressions are important, a man wants to have a piece of equipment in his pants that looks good and healthy – not one that is sporting an off-putting male organ rash. Taking good care of member skin can help prevent a male organ rash, but there can be other causes of skin conditions, like shingles, which can still pop up unexpectedly.
For young guys, too?

But, wait – isn’t shingles an old man’s disease? Should a healthy young guy really be worried about it? Well, worried, no – but he should be aware of the possibility, because shingles is NOT something which occurs only in old age. True, about half of all shingles cases occur in people age 60 and over, but even children can come down with it.

So what is it?

People talk about shingles, but do they have more than a vague idea of what they are talking about? Shingles is a viral disease featuring a skin rash that tends to be localized but occurs in a fairly wide swipe. The rash can be anywhere on the body, including the member, sacks and general midsection area. Many people report feeling a tingling sensation in the affected area for a few days before the rash appears. In some instances, there may also be fever, headache or pains associated with the shingles outbreak. Many people find the rash, which may turn to blisters, to be painful to the touch.

Most cases of shingles clear up within a few weeks, but in some cases there may be lingering nerve pain which can last for months or even years.

What causes it?

Shingles is actually caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. If a person contracted chickenpox as a child, the virus remains in their system in an inactive state – and it can be activated later in life and cause shingles.

A person can also contract the virus if they come into physical contact with the blisters on an infected person. For this reason, a person with a male organ rash caused by shingles should abstain from sensual contact with another person until the rash has cleared up, to prevent the risk of spreading the virus to a partner. Of course, since significant pain is often present in the area that is affected by shingles, the manhood may be too sensitive to withstand sensual contact anyway.

Treatment

A man with shingles on his member should consult with a doctor to determine treatment. Pain medications (often basic over-the-counter kinds) may be recommended, as well as antiviral tablets or corticosteroids. If nerve pain is present, the doctor may recommend wearing loose-fitting underwear and trousers. Some men find that cold compresses applied to the manhood can lessen the pain during an outbreak. Oatmeal baths and calamine lotion can help if the male organ rash results in excessive itchiness.

The male organ rash caused by shingles is but one of many potential skin conditions which can affect one’s male organ health. Rashes with a topical, non-viral base are more likely to be prevented by regular application of a top notch male organ health crème (health professionals recommend Man 1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin). It helps to find a crème that contains both a high end emollient (such as shea butter) and a natural hydrator (such as vitamin E, which together can create a moisture lock to keep member skin properly moisturized. A good crème will also include a powerful antioxidant; alpha lipoic acid is a superb example of one. The antioxidant helps fight excess free radicals which otherwise may cause oxidative stress that weakens sensitive manhood skin.