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Prescription pain pills are seen dumped out on a table at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind. Airmen who take prescription pills that are not their own or are taken after the time allotted could find themselves facing severe discipline. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration/Tech. Sgt. Mark R. W. Orders-Woempner) 
Opioid and Medication misuse: A growing problem
An estimated 2.4 million Americans used prescription drugs non-medically for the first time in the past year. That equates to more than 6,550 new cases of improper use each day.Air Force members contribute to this statistic, too.Prescription medication use falls into three main categories: correct use, misuse and abuse. Most Airmen fall into the
0 10/17
2017
Staff Sgt. Justin Pribble, 31st Medical Operations Squadron allergy and immunizations NCO in charge, administers an influenza vaccine to a patient, Oct. 14, 2015, at Aviano Air Base, Italy. (Photo by Senior Airman Areca T. Bell, Graphic added by Steve Thompson) Influenza vaccine essential for Airmen and their families
The yearly influenza vaccine is one of the most important regular immunizations for Airmen and their families. This year will be different because the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended not using the live attenuated influenza vaccine commonly known as FluMist. All the military services will follow their recommendation. This
0 10/04
2016
Preventing illness or injury is the goal of the Air Force’s Preventive Medicine program, a topic that is highlighted in August during Preventive Health Month.  (AF Graphic) Preventive measures lead to a healthier Air Force
Preventing illness or injury is the goal of the Air Force’s Preventive Medicine program, a topic that is highlighted in August during Preventive Health Month. Preventive Health extends beyond health care at an individual level, concentrating rather on the health of individuals, communities and specific populations to help groups reduce their risk
0 7/27
2016
U.S. Air Force Capt. Aubrie Wnek, 17th Medical Support Squadron pharmacy element chief, Lt. Col. Bernard VanPelt, 17th MDSS Commander, and Col. Michael Downs, 17th Training Wing Commander, cut the ribbon during the ceremony for the new medsafe drop box at the Ross Medical Clinic Pharmacy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, June 13, 2016. Goodfellow members can now turn in unused prescription medication year round. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Chase Sousa/Released) 17th MDSS opens new medsafe box
The 17th Medical Support Squadron hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new medsafe drop box at the Ross Medical Clinic Pharmacy June 13. Team Goodfellow members can now turn in unused prescription medication year round during normal clinic hours. Previously, the clinic hosted two turn-ins a year.
0 6/15
2016
The Behavioral Health Optimization Program, or BHOP, integrates behavioral health personnel into primary care clinics, to provide “the right care, at the right time, in the right place.” Beneficiaries with behavioral health concerns can seek care directly through their primary care manager. Air Force increases access to behavioral health care
Nearly half of people with a treatable behavioral health disorder do not seek help from behavioral health professionals, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. However, 80 percent of this population does visit a primary care manager at least once a year. The Air Force Behavioral Health Optimization Program seeks to bridge
0 6/06
2016
As the potential for infected mosquitoes to reach the U.S. rises, the Air Force continues to closely monitor the emergence of Zika virus infection to help inform and protect Airmen and their families. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all at-risk communities should prepare for possible Zika virus activity. AF continues to monitor Zika virus, infected mosquitoes could hit U.S. this summer
As the potential for infected mosquitoes to reach the U.S. rises, the Air Force continues to closely monitor the emergence of Zika virus infection to help inform and protect Airmen and their families. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all at-risk communities should prepare for possible Zika virus activity. As of Feb. 1,
0 6/02
2016
Default Air Force Logo New urgent care pilot program for prime beneficiaries
To increase access to care, the Defense Department is launching the Urgent Care Pilot Program for Tricare Prime beneficiaries. This program allows prime enrollees two visits to a network or Tricare authorized provider without a referral or prior authorization. The Urgent Care Pilot Program, scheduled to begin spring 2016, is for: • Active duty
0 5/24
2016
This 2006 photograph depicts a female Aedes aegypti mosquito, the species of mosquito primarily responsible for the spread of the Zika virus disease to people. The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, and conjunctivitis, or red eyes. The illness is usually mild, with symptoms lasting for several days to a week after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Centers for Disease Control photo 17th MDG monitors Zika virus
The 17th Medical Group Public Health office actively monitors for the Zika virus in the local area. Specifically, mosquito traps are set on base three times a week, whereas traps are set off base once a week, from April to October. Any female mosquitoes caught are sent to the School of Aerospace Medicine laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force
0 5/11
2016
Default Air Force Logo National Women’s Health Week: Make time to stay healthy
In this world of busy days trying to balance work and family life, many women still don’t take time to meet their own needs, especially when it comes to their health. Women’s Health Week, which starts with Mother’s Day, is a national reminder for women to find the time they need to give themselves the care they deserve.You can start by getting
0 5/06
2016
May is Mental Health Awareness Month (AF Graphic) May is Mental Health Awareness Month in Air Force
(This is the first AFMS article for the Mental Health Awareness Month series.)Nearly one in five adults, or 43 million Americans, has a diagnosable mental disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Contrary to many other brain disorders, effective treatments are available for mental disorders. May is Mental Health Awareness
0 4/28
2016
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