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According to recent estimates, more than 1.5 million people in the United States are killed, injured or sickened each year by errors in prescribing, dispensing and taking medications. As a patient, there are steps you can take to avoid being injured, and advocate for your own health. To help avoid drug errors, consider following these precautions the next time you visit your doctor or pharmacist:

At your doctor’s office:

  • Make a list of the medications you’re currently taking, and their dosage. Be sure to include any

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Do you like to stay up late binge-watching Netflix?   Does your FOMO result in you getting only a few hours of sleep?  Does work stress and anxiety leave you tossing and turning?  If these things or anything else is keeping you from getting at least seven hours of sleep at night, you are putting yourself and others at risk on the roadway. Just how big is the problem and the risk, consider these statistics: Continue reading

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Last year, the number of car crash deaths in Williamson County nearly doubled.  In 2016, there were 13 car crash deaths and in 2017 it increased to 25.  A fifth of all crashes in Williamson County are caused by a distracted driver.  The increased number of deaths on Williamson County roadways last year could also be attributable to a decreased use in seatbelts.  Last year, seatbelt usage across the entire State dropped.  To combat both of these issues, Williamson County has launched two safety initiatives and one of them is especially cool. Continue reading

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Each year in this country, there are nearly 10,000 alcohol-related driving deaths.  For decades, drunk driving deaths decreased thanks in large measure to increasing the drinking age to 21 and reducing the drunk driving BAC threshold.  But unfortunately, drunk driving is again on the rise.  Currently,  twenty-eight (28) percent of all car accident deaths are attributable to alcohol.  If you live in a rural area, the numbers are worse – the number jumps to 48%.  Given these staggering numbers, the federal government commissioned the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to study the problem and offer suggestions on how to reduce these numbers.  In a nearly 500 page report, the panel recommended some controversial changes to reduce the frequency of drunk driving, and some of those recommendations are already meeting with opposition.

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In 2016, the United States had a record 161,374 accidental deaths.  According to the National Safety Council, every three minutes someone dies from a preventable accident.  And every second, an American is injured in a preventable accident.  These figures include motor vehicle accidents, falls, drownings, drug overdoses, etc.  Obviously, we can and must do better.   Safety on our roads, in our homes and in our businesses must become as much as a priority as curing cancer and preventing heart disease (the other top three leading causes of death)

Here are some things you can do to protect yourself and your family: Continue reading

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Almost everyone makes them, and most of us quickly break them.  In fact, only 8% of New Year’s resolutions are kept and 80% of us can’t even make it until February.  So if you have already broken your New Year’s resolutions, you have plenty of company.  But here is some good news: we have three EASY things you can do in the New Year that will make you and your family safer and better protected, and none of them involve losing weight. Continue reading

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If you live in Murfreesboro or anywhere else in Rutherford County, we got you a gift.  Don’t worry, it is OK if you did not get us anything.  If you use our gift, that will be the only gift we need because our gift will keep you out of jail, prevent injuries and save lives.  It is a gift that will help you start the New Year safely and responsibly.  And even though it is still days before Christmas, you can open your gift now by clicking to Read More. Continue reading

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You may have seen those fashion magazines where they have pictures of people wearing clothes the right way and the wrong way.  On the wrong way pictures, they usually put a black box over the person’s face to hide the shame of wearing a meat dress or tights as pants.  At the Law Offices of John Day, we wanted to give you some legal DOs and DON’Ts. Continue reading

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For most of us, our Christmas To Do list looks something like: buy gifts, wrap gifts, send Christmas cards, decorate tree and house, attend parties, etc.  In the hustle and bustle of all things Christmas, we often forget to do those things that can keep our families safe.  At the Law Offices of John Day, we want everyone to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year without getting hurt, so here is your To Do list: Continue reading

 

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We probably all have a long list of driving pet peeves from drivers who tailgate or don’t use their blinkers to drivers who aren’t paying attention when a light turns green so you have to honk to get them to go.   My biggest driving pet peeve is drivers in the left lane on the interstate who are going slower than the rest of traffic.  (There is a reason the left lane is called the fast lane!)  Of course, this requires other drivers who are going faster to pass them on the right, which can be difficult to do safely depending upon the number of lanes and the amount of traffic.  Feeling trapped, some drivers will become frustrated and angry and resort to risky driving maneuvers which can cause accidents or the drivers can develop road rage.  Exactly what comprises road rage?  Continue reading