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PAGE 8 Thursday, October 24, 2013 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Oct. 26 Sheriff Jeff Norlin would like to announce that the Meeker Sheriff's Office will be partici- pating in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Pre- scription Drug Take-Back Day, on October 26, 2013, from t0:00 a.m- 2:00 p.m. The Take-Back Ioxes will be located at the Meeker County Law Enforcement Cen- ter 326 N. Ramsey Ave., Litch- field, MN 55355 andthe Dassel City Hall 460 3rd St., Dassel, MN 55325. The National Prescrip- tion Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the gen- eral public about the potential for abuse of these medications. According to the 2011 Sub- stance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than six million Americans abuse prescription drugs. That same study revealed that more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medi- cine cabinet. The DEA's Take-Back events are a significant piece of the White House's prescription drug abuse prevention strategy released in 2011 by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Disposal of the unwanted, unused or expired drugs is one of four strategies for reducing prescription drug abuse and diversion laid out in Epidemic: Responding to Ameri- ca's Prescription Drug Abuse Cri- sis. The other strategies include education of health care provid- ers, patients, parents and youth; enhancing and encouraging the establishment of prescription drug monitoring programs in all the states; and increased enforce- ment to address doctor shopping and pill mills. Shortly after DEA's first Take- Back Day event three years ago, Congress passed, and Presi- dent Obama signed, the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amended the Controlled Substance Act (CSA), allowing DEA to develop perma- nent, ongoing and responsible methods for disposal. Prior to the passage of the Disposal Act, the CSA provided no legal means for transferring possession of con- trolled substance medications from users to other individuals for disposal. DEA is currently in the process of drafting regula- tions, but until then the DEA and local agencies will continue to hold Take-Back Days. EDEN VALLEY Lodging for family, friends, or business associates We're close & comfortablel • Easy check-in/out system . 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Vance MS, LPC, NCC Two years ago, I featured Nich- olas Evans of Spring Hill, Fla., who reads this column in Hernando Today. His story was so complex and unique, I recently sensed a progress report on his status was in order. If you remember, Nicholas in 1999 scored a high 1450 on his PSAT, was a dean's list student, and was about to attend Florida State studying meteorology. He had a bright future. Then it fell apart. In short, he began having severe migraine headaches, a Florida surgeon completely botched .brain sur- gery while taking out an arach- noid cyst, and Nicholas incurred a massive stroke. A lawsuit fight lasted 10 years, and he had three additional brain surgeries. Said 32-year-old Nicholas, haltingly, "The stroke was on Dec. 7, 1999. They were doing a surgery to take out a brain tumor and it turned out not to be a brain tumor. (It was an arachnoid cyst.) Then to take it out they hit certain parts of my brain they weren't supposed to hit." Today, Evans doesn't drive a car or handle finances, and has migraines and severe short-term memory issues. He sees a differ- ent doctor almost daily. Though he and his mother Tend could be angry - and many people believe they have every right - both aren't. They have come to terms with what happened. Nicholas and Tend have been able to see a bright side. For one, before the 1999 surgery, Nicho- las grew up emotionally scarred around an abusive, alcoholic father. Father and son were legally separated when Nick was 14. After the botched surgery, those deep emotional hurts amazingly left him never to return. Nicholas became a kinder, more trusting person. Said Tend, "I could be mad about what happened with the (botched) operation and scream, but that would not make Nick's life any better. That would only put him back to where he was (with his father). We don't want to repeat history." Also, Nick's experiences were instrumental in Nick's sister becoming a nurse and his cousin being a pre-med student studying neurology. Said Tend, "I think the Lord worked his magic on Nick. It's not that I'm a holy roller, but I believe in a Higher Power. I believe in angels and know they follow my son. He's the most amazing man I've ever met in my life. Everybody I've met believes that, too. He touches people just the way he is." Contact: [Sponsored by Palmer Bus Ser- vice and Blue Valley Sod.] American Red Cross 'Holiday Mail for Heroes' mailbox open through Dec. 6 The American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region invites Americans to show their gratitude and best wishes for those who serve our country, vet- erans, and their families by send- ing holiday cards this holiday season. Through Dec. 6, Americans can create and send cards to ser- vice members, veterans and their families who will receive cards across the country and around the world. "While it may not seem like much, a hand-written note to a service member spending time away from his or her family makes a world of difference," says Phil Hansen, Regional Chapter Exec- utive for the American Red Cross Northern Minnesota Region. The Northern Minnesota Region of the American Red Cross will support Holiday Mail for Heroes with a card signing event at the Mall of America on Sun- day, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Nordstrom Court. Everyone is welcome. Cards will be provided. Thank you to Deluxe Corporation and CenterPoint Energy for gen- erous support. For those unable to attend the card signing event, the Red Cross invites the public to send mes- sages of thanks and holiday cheer by mailing them to: Holiday Mail for Heroes P.O. Box 5456 Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456 To ensure that cards are deliv- ered in time for the holidays, they must be postmarked no later than Dec. 6. Individuals are asked to refrain from sending letters, monetary donations or any other kinds of inserts with the cards. Please also refrain from using glit- ter. More information and card requirements can be found at The Red Cross relies on the support of the American peo- ple to carry out its mission of ser- vice to the 2 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces, 24 mil: lion veterans and their families. During this holiday season, the public can also support all Red Cross services by making a finan- cial donation at, or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. Indi- viduals can also give the gift of life by making an appointment to give blood at, or by calling 1-800-REDCROSS. About the American Red Cross The American Red Cross shel- ters, feeds and provides emo- tional support to victims of disas- ters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides inter- national humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross. org/northmn. Camps launch 2014 schedule under , new name Courage was established in 1955 to serve individuals with physi- cal disabilities. Camp Friendship was established in 1964, serving participants with developmental disabilities and special needs. By combining strengths, meth- ods and assets, the five True Friends camps comprise the region's larg- est and most comprehensive camp provider for people with disabili- ties. The organization serves nearly 4,000 individuals and their families annually. Recognizing that camp programs provide strong habili- tative, social and therapeutic out- comes, True Friends' mission is to provide life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem to children and adults with disabilities. More than 4,000 campers with mild to severe conditions and disabilities benefit from more than 100 camp sessions offered through True Friends annu- ally. Programs include summer and winter camps, day camps, Camp Courage in Maple Lake and Camp Friendship in Annan- dale will launch a combined 2014 camp schedule with the new parent comphny name of True Friends. The tagline of "Camps. Respite. Programs. Travel." will accompany a new logo. True Friends replaces the name Friend- ship Ventures. The two legacy camp organizations combined in November last year. For more details, see Camp Courage in Maple Lake, Camp Friendship in Annandale and Camp Eden Wood in Eden Prairie are among the five lake- side camps in the True Friends organization. Camp Courage North near Lake George and Camp New Hope near McGregor are the two northern camp loca- tions. Each of the sites will retain its camp name under the parent company name of True Friends. These camps have rich histo- ries of providing exceptional and much-needed services. Camp therapeutic horse riding and diagnosis-specific sessions. New ADHD/ADD sessions, Saturday- only camps and spring break ses- sions are among the new addi- tions for 2014. True Friends also offers respite and travel programs. Respite ser- vices are provided multiple week- ends a year. This program offers 1:1 care for children and adults with disabilities, allowing fami- lies a reprieve from 24/7 care giv- ing. The camp environment pro- vides an active yet comfortable setting for participants. Ventures Travel provides trip planning and group tours for individuals need- ing assistance. True Friends is funded through donations and supporting ser- vices. Many organizations rent camp facilities for retreats. Team Quest is a team-building program utilizing ropes courses for people of all abilities. Net proceeds from these programs support the mis- sion of True Friends.