APRIL 19, 2019 | NATIONAL CLEAN OUT YOUR MEDICINE CABINET DAY | NATIONAL HANGING OUT DAY | NATIONAL GARLIC DAY | NATIONAL AMARETTO DAY | NATIONAL OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING COMMEMORATION DAY | NATIONAL NORTH DAKOTA DAY
NATIONAL CLEAN OUT YOUR MEDICINE CABINET DAY
National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day occurs annually on the third Friday in April. The goal is to raise awareness and effectively rid homes of unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications sitting in medicine cabinets, night stands or kitchen cabinets that have the potential for diversion or abuse by family members, friends or visitors to your home.
Your medicine cabinet might be filled with many ticking time-bombs—you just don’t know which drug, when it will happen or who might be affected. You can do your part to dispose of those leftover and unused medications that can lead to misuse, addiction, poisoning or death.
Today, the country is in a pitched battle in the war against opioid addiction. Seventy percent of opioid dependence, overdoses and deaths begin with leftover drugs in the medicine cabinet—a startling statistic speaking directly to the danger of leftover, unused pain prescriptions. But, opioids are just one of the dangerous drugs found lying around our homes. Others, such as antidepressants, muscle-relaxers, ADHD medications and sleep aids remaining in medicine cabinets may result in misuse, diversion, poisoning, abuse, and death. Additionally, some expired medications may become toxic. For instance, studies indicate the commonly prescribed drug tetracycline may degrade to the point of becoming toxic to the kidneys.
How you dispose of your expired or unused medications is just as important as why. Environmental studies have shown that flushed medications flow into our water supply, they negatively impact the fish we eat and the water we drink. When discarded in the trash, medications leach into and contaminate the soil.
Site-of-use, or at-home drug disposal solutions offer a safe, effective and eco-friendly way of ridding your home of medications that are no longer needed or have expired. As a supplement to site-of-use drug disposal on April 19, you may also consider participating in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA’s) National Drug Takeback Day on April 27.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Everyone is encouraged to take time during National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day to make his or her home safe and do their part to help fight drug addiction. Review medications wherever you keep them—in your medicine cabinet, nightstand or kitchen cabinets, for example—and safely dispose of leftovers from any surgery or illness or those that have expired. You can safely, effectively and easily dispose of these medications by using a site-of-use, in-home disposal solution available online. You can see for yourself how easy and safe it can be.
Use #NatlCleanOutYourMedicineCabinetDay to share on social media.
DisposeRx founded National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Month Day in 2019 to raise awareness of the risks associated with keeping leftover or expired prescription or over the counter medications in your home. Drug addiction, overdose, poisonings and deaths related to leftover medications are real. So is contamination of our environment from flushing medications or putting them in the trash. DisposeRx provides a safe and effective way to dispose of expired and unused medications that is easy to use and eco-friendly.
NATIONAL HANGING OUT DAY
Each year on April 19, Project Laundry List works with hundreds of other organizations to sponsor National Hanging Out Day. This day was set aside as a day to encourage communities to learn about the benefits, both financially and environmentally, of using a clothesline for drying laundry. According to Project Laundry Lists’ website, clothes dryers account for an astonishing six to ten percent of residential energy consumption. Hanging your clothes out has several benefits:
- Good for the environment.
- Saves you money
- It is therapeutic because being outdoors in the fresh air has benefits to your health.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Celebrate National Hanging Out Day by hanging out your clothes to dry and sharing your pictures on social media using #NationalHangingOutDay.
National Hanging Out Day has been sponsored by Project Laundry List along with other organizations since 1995. Project Laundry List is a New Hampshire-based group that wants to encourage outdoor drying of clothes, “making air-drying laundry and cold-water washing acceptable and desirable as simple and effective ways to save energy,” as quoted from their mission statement. (http://laundrylist.org/about/history/)
NATIONAL GARLIC DAY
National Garlic Day is observed annually on April 19.
This stinking rose is a member of the lily family. This family also includes onions, leeks and shallots. While garlic originated in Asia over 7,000 years ago, it is used in a variety of cuisines, but it is also used for medicinal purposes.
It is considered an herbal remedy for colds, and it has been suggested to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. Modern science has proven garlic’s antibiotic properties.
Myth and superstition reek of garlic. The most familiar one is garlic wards off vampires. This same theory seemed to work on witches, werewolves, demons and other such evils one could come across. Folklore tells us garlic grew from satan’s left footprint when he left the Garden of Eden; Greek midwives kept evils spirits away with it, and courage filled Roman soldiers who consumed the bulb.
Our dreams often have meaning. Dreaming of garlic is no different. To dream about garlic in the house is supposed to mean good luck and if the dream includes eating garlic (perhaps in a pesto sauce), there might be hidden secrets. There are over 300 varieties of garlic in the world to dream about as well!
Gilroy, California is known as the Garlic Capital of the World. Will Rogers was once quoted as saying it is “…the only place in America where you can marinate a steak just by hanging it out on a clothesline.”
HOW TO OBSERVE
National Garlic Day can be celebrated by cooking a terrific meal with garlic or possibly attend one of the many garlic festivals around the world. Use #NationalGarlicDay to share on social media.
Within our research, we were unable to identify the creator of National Garlic Day.
NATIONAL AMARETTO DAY
National Amaretto Day is observed each year on April 19.
Amaretto in Italian means “a little bitter” and is made from bitter almonds or apricot kernels or both. The nuts are infused in pure alcohol or brandy resulting in a strong almond flavor. This traditionally Italian liqueur is fragrant with legend.
Taking us back to 1525 Renaissance in Saronno, Italy, painter Bernardino Luini selected a young innkeeper as his model for a fresco of the Madonna of the Miracles. In gratitude for being selected the innkeeper gave the artist a gift of her own secret blend of almond and brandy.
It’s not until centuries later that well-guarded recipe was produced on a larger scale in Saronno, Italy. At the turn of the 20th century, Disaronno began producing their amaretto for a broad market. It began appearing for sale in advertisements in the United States in the late 1940s. The family still bottles their recipe today.
Another Amaretto tale comes from the same area of Italy but is of a young Lazzaroni couple blessed by the Cardinal of Milan in 1718. The couple honored his visit with a special recipe of their own, producing an amaretto cookie like no other. This one came in a bottle. Their recipe was also a closely guarded family secret for generations. The Lazzaroni family began selling their amaretto liqueur in 1851, and it is still being produced today.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Enjoy this Almond Amaretto Bars recipe and have a Happy National Amaretto Day! Use #NationalAmarettoDay to share on social media.
Our research failed to find the creator of National Amaretto Day.
NATIONAL OKLAHOMA CITY BOMBING COMMEMORATION DAY
National Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day is on April 19 of each year in memory of the Oklahoma City bombing on April 19, 1995. The Oklahoma City bombing was a domestic terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. It remained the most destructive act of terrorism on American soil until the September 11, 2001, attacks. The blast in Oklahoma City claimed the lives of 168 people, including 19 children under the age of 6. More than 680 people were injured. (http://www.history.com/topics/oklahoma-city-bombing)
National Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day is a day of remembrance for those who perished and for those who were injured. If you would like to learn more about this awful day in Oklahoma, you can visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum website at https://oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/.
HOW TO OBSERVE
Use #OklahomaCityBombingCommemorationDay to post on social media.
Our research was unable to find the origin of National Oklahoma City Bombing Commemoration Day.
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