Monthly Archives: August 2017

National Resources to Help Fight the Opioid Epidemic

Esri MapThis month at e-pill we are taking a look at how technology is helping fight drug addiction. Today we’d like to share some online resources that are helping to educate and spread awareness about the epidemic.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has an easy-to-navigate resources index on Treatment and Recovery. If you want to learn more about treatment options or find treatment, this page can help.

SAMHSA has a free Helpline runs year-round and receives nearly 65,000 calls per month! 1-800-662-HELP (4357) is the number.

If you have or find prescription drugs that are no longer needed or outdated, it may not be clear where you can bring them. We found Rx Drug Drop Box, which gave us 3 locations within 25 miles of our office. We were able to find more locations by checking with our State. Hopefully there will be more interactive maps for this in the future. There are currently some interactive maps that are based on the county or town you may reside in.

Speaking of interactive maps, Esri’s Jeremiah Lindemann has created a global map titled “Celebrating Lost Loved Ones to the Opioid Epidemic”. This interactive memorial map (shown above) does just that- it honors those who have lost their lives and shows just how big this epidemic is, and how close to home it hits.

Back to School: Getting your Kids to Take Medicine

Doctor and KidAs children become older and more independent it’s important to get them into healthy habits of all kinds- including taking medicine. Going back to school means another year of spreading colds, ear infections, and stomach aches along with viral infections like Chickenpox for younger children.

For others it may mean a new challenge of taking medicine at school for a condition such as ADHD. They have to remember to take medications and may even want or need to go to a private location such as a nurse’s office to do so.

Here at e-pill we have scoured the internet looking for ways to help children cope with these problems, and we have summed them up in 5 steps:

1) Encourage them when it is time to take medicines and maybe even reward them.
To help foster independence, give them some control – something as simple as letting them hold the medicine up or putting the medication in a special cup of their own will help. Have them pick out the flavor. You can even teach older kids to swallow pills as early as age 4- start by dipping pills in cold water or Jell-O. Most importantly, explain to children how important their medication is and why they need to take it so often.
2) Find the best taking medicines and see if they can take them less frequently.
Talk to their doctor to see if there is a different dosage children can be taking for less times each day. Doctors may also be able to find alternatives that taste differently.
3) Add the medicine to food or disguise it with food.
Do you remember your mother mixing in chocolate syrup with your medicines? I certainly do. Many medications can eat eaten in or with food to make them more palatable. Some can be taken with milk, orange juice, or yogurt, and the contents of capsules can be opened or poured into applesauce. Check with doctors to see how you can help “disguise” medicine – it can be as simple as putting liquid medicine in a juice box! Products like Dr. Cocoa or FlavorX can also help.
4) Find a caregiver or nurse.
Kids may be more willing to take medicine from someone other than a parent. When your child is sick at 3AM it can be hard to smile and act positive about giving them medication, and they will be more likely to react poorly if you are not positive. Sometimes it helps to have another authority figure administer medication.
5) Find a way to remind them when to take their medications and keep them on a schedule.
Work with teachers during school hours to make sure they remind students when medication is taken. Use visual reminders at home such as sticky notes, a calendar with fun stickers, or reminder apps on mobile devices. You can also purchase a kid’s smartwatch or our Vibrating Pendant Watch to remind them every day.

Taking medication is something we all have trouble with, whether we do not like the taste, side affects, inconvenience, or we simply cannot remember to take them often enough. We hope this article will help you and your children and we wish everyone a healthy Back-To-School season!


6 Ways to Help Your Child with School Phobia (Social Anxiety)

Back to school season is here. Children are getting ready to go back to school. Some are excited about it, but some are not so much. For the younger age’s group, some of them tend to have a hard time leaving their parents to school or they are anxious about school for a variety of reasons. School Phobia as know as School Refusal is children who have problems going to school or staying in school.

Here are some tips to help the children who are facing that issue.

  1. Self-help methods could provide relaxation to your child. Be open to new ideas
  2. Communicate with your about their feelings of school or in general
  3. Work with school staff for extra support or direction
  4. Schedule an informal meeting with your child’s teachers.
  5. Help your child to create hobbies and interests (Sports teams, Clubs, etc)
  6. Emphasize the positives about going to school. (Friends, New Materials, etc)

Most importantly, your children need your support to get through those situations. As long as they understand you will be there for them with their physical and mental supports.

Heading Back to School with Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the most common diseases among children. For parents of children with diabetes getting ready for the upcoming school year not only means buying school supplies such as backpacks, pencil, notebook, etc. but also diabetes supplies to keep their children safe at school and during school events.

Here are steps you can take to keep your children safe:

1. Notify the school right away if your child has diabetes.
2. Develop a Diabetes Medical Management Plan.
3. Meet with your child school nurse to go over your child health plan.
4. Have a low blood sugar rescue box “Low Box” (items to bring blood glucose levels into range). It will hold anything from juice boxes to fruit snacks to diabetes supplies, i.e., glucose meter, test strips, glucagon pen and lancing device, etc.
5. Be an active member of the school health team.


The American Diabetes Association has a “Safe at School” webinar.

Register for the Back-to-School Advocacy Webinar for Parents of Children with Diabetes held Thursday, August 10th, 2017!
Click here to register: