James Duncan, FNP, has joined Floyd Primary Care in Calhoun at 251 Ga. 53. Nurse practitioners prescribe medications and treat patients with oversight from a physician. They also obtain medical histories, perform physical examinations, and order and perform diagnostic studies. Duncan earned a Master’s of Science in nursing from the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Jacksonville State University. He previously worked at Floyd Primary Care in Cedartown. Duncan is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Floyd Primary Care, Calhoun is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and on Friday from 8 a.m. until Noon. For more information, call 706.625.1126.
On Friday, Sept. 7, Cartersville Medical Center will host “Crush the Crisis,” an opioid take-back event. CMC will partner with Bartow County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement officers will be on site at The Hope Center to help with the collection and disposal of unused medications from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. “Our goal for ‘Crush the Crisis’ is to bring awareness to the dangers of opioid addiction and increase awareness about the proper disposal of these medications,” said Dr. Lakshman Dinavahi, chief medical officer at Cartersville Medical Center. “Opioid addiction can happen to anyone, and unused opioids are a major source of misuse and diversion. We want to provide this opportunity as a confidential and anonymous way for people to dispose of their unused medication properly.” Pharmacy staff will be collecting tablets, capsules and patches of Hydrocodone (Norco, Lortab, Vicodin), Oxycodone (Oxycontin, Percocet), Tramadol (Ultram), Codeine, Fentanyl (Duragesic), Morphine, Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) and Oxymorphone (Opana). Items not accepted include needles, syringes, lancets or liquids. “Crush the Crisis” will take place in the parking lot of The Hope Center in front of main entrance located at 100 Market Place Boulevard. For more information, visitCartersvilleMedical.com/CrushTheCrisis or contact Ginger Tyra at 770.607.1017.