How do we find out what Facebook knows?

There are few things in life that are certain, but I feel fairly certain you will be surprised by what you learn Facebook has archived about you.  And it all dates back to the very first day you opened your Facebook account. All the posts. All the photos. The books you like to read. And who on Facebook has identified  you as a family member. And wait until you see all the phone numbers collected in your archive!

Want to see for yourself? Here’s what to do.

  • On your Facebook page, click on the  downward-pointing arrow at the top right corner. Select Settings.
  • Click on the link that says “Download a copy of your Facebook data.”
  • Click the Start My Archive link.
  • Facebook will then send you an email to let you know when the zip file with your archive is ready. Make sure that when you extract the files they all go into the same folder. Click on the “Index” page and your web browser will open with a mini website with all your stuff as links under your profile photo.

Just remember, your entire life on Facebook is there! So if there were any embarrassing posts or visits you would rather not share again I might suggest doing your browsing through the archive in private.

Close it! Snap it! Zip it!

Safety caps on our medicine bottles are child resistant, not child proof.

That fact was hammered home multiple times in an interview I recently had with Lori Dixon, the president of Great Lakes Marketing in Toledo. She is also, this year, chairing the national Poison Prevention Week campaign. And I might also mention, in the interest of full disclosure, she is my sister.

Her firm has been testing safety caps for years. The goal is to deter.

Child resistant means the safety cap has been tested with 80 percent of the children tested between the ages of 3 1/2 and 4 1/4 years of age could not open it in ten minutes, she told me. “It’s designed to give parents ten minutes to find your child, take away whatever your child has, and put it where the child cannot get it.”

But, for that safety cap to be child resistant,  she reminds us it must be used correctly to engage the safety feature. So that brings us to the slogan this year for Poison Prevention Week:  Close it! Snap it! Zip it!

 

 

CommUNITY Film Fest will inspire

As many of you know, in addition to being the morning news voice on several Toledo radio stations, I have managed an alter ego as the Public Information Manager for the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities. One of the most rewarding aspects of the job has been my ability to witness first hand how individuals who had once been shunned into segregated settings have become successful in their endeavors in the community.

Day after day they are breaking down the attitudinal barriers that have stood in the way of full access to employment, housing and social activities.

Sunday, we all will have a chance to bear witness to inspiring stories of how people with developmental disabilities are replacing negative attitudes with awareness and understanding. The fourth annual CommUNITY Film Festival features amateur videos, made by individuals with disabilities, that really do “challenge our  assumptions and enhance respect for individuals with disabilities.”

The CommUNITY Film Fest is free on Sunday, March 4, at the Ohio Theater in Toledo on Lagrange.

Welcome back to the neighborhood

I asked on the air recently, “Who was the nicest person ever?” It was my lead in to the story about the upcoming biopic about Mr. Rogers that will star Tom Hanks.

The story revolves around a cynical reporter who agrees to write a profile about Fred Rogers. The reporter winds up having his perspective on life changed.

Timing for a study of Fred Rogers could not be more timely.  USA Today quoted Marielle Heller, who will direct the film, reminding us”of the transformative power of kindness and respect to heal and to unite.”

Last year Ohio had over 4100 fatal overdoses. This year, that number is expected to be even higher.

A day does not go by that I do not report on statistics. Numbers that tell stories. Today, the story we tell with numbers is sad, frightening, and a real call for action. There were 4,149 fatal overdoses in Ohio last year.  That is a 36% increase over the previous year. Coroners in the state, surveyed by the Columbus Dispatch, lay the blame on heroin and other powerful opioids.

How did we get here? Perhaps if we understand that, we can take greater steps in addressing the issue.

Many who are studying the problem say it’s too difficult for patients to wean themselves from opioid pain killers and have become helplessly addicted.

Can we point the finger at doctors who scribble prescriptions for narcotic painkillers by the millions? Not necessarily. Doctors might argue they were responding to state medical boards encouraged to make under treatment of pain a punishable offense.

But weren’t we smart enough to recognize the dangers of addiction?

Doctors were worried. But, let’s remember the manufacturers of Oxycodin argued that the potential for addiction was small. That was a huge fib, and they knew it, resulting in a fine of $630 million, but by then we were in the midst of a growing epidemic.

Alarmed, doctors wrote fewer prescriptions. So, without access to the medications, those addicted turned to the streets, where heroin was easy to get. Dealers started mixing in an even stronger opioid, Fentanyl.

So, here is where we are — Ohio stands as the nation’s overdose capital. I don’t know about you, but it scares the hell out of me. We cannot hide from this issue. It must be part of our ongoing conversations, on the front burner all the time.