Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:55 AM EDT2014-07-29 08:55:56 GMT
Israeli aircraft, tanks and navy gunboats pounded symbols of Hamas control in Gaza City in the heaviest night of bombardment in three weeks of Israel-Hamas fighting.Full Story >
Israel struck symbols of Hamas' control of Gaza and the strip's only power plant on Tuesday, escalating its military campaign against the Islamic militant group with the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far.Full Story >
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BY: Megan O'Rourke This summer's abnormal weather created near perfect growing conditions for farm crops which could mean lower prices for shoppers. Projected high corn yields, called bumper crops, couldFull Story >
This summer's abnormal weather created near perfect growing conditions for farm crops which could mean lower prices for shoppers.Full Story >
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Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges...Full Story >
Despite some good news, Medicare and Social Security still face long-term financial problems as millions of baby boomers reach retirement. Social Security's disability program is already in crisis as it edges toward...Full Story >
A Rowan County couple says they are outraged after a local pharmacy company handed out pill bottles filled with candy during a 4th of July parade.
Donald Hobart called the WBTV newsroom on Friday morning and said Price Pharmacy in Granite Quarry handed out the pill bottles with Skittles inside during the parade in Faith on Thursday.
"As they come by, they threw this prescription bottle out for kids; my grandkids and my friends' kids," Donald Hobart said.
"My four-year-old son brought it to me and I immediately took it from him," Heather Hobart told WBTV. "I don't think a child is going to know the difference. They are going to see a bottle and say 'My last bottle had candy in it and let's go home and get in mama and daddy's medicine cabinet and see if there is candy in there'."
Price Pharmacy, which is a fairly new business in Granite Quarry, told WBTV the pill bottles weren't aimed at marketing to children.
The owner says they threw out loose candy to children and specifically handed the pill bottles to adults.
He says he thinks this mother misunderstood their intentions. Out of the nearly 30,000 parade goers, this was the only complaint.
The bottles are blue and the label has information about the store's hours and location. The most common pharmacy medication bottle is orange.
"The intent was to use something like a medicine bottle. By using a different color, they thought this would not lead to confusion. But if someone can't read, color may not be the only distinguishing thing they would use to recognize what something is," said Interim Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of Pharmacists Fred Eckel.
"It's nice to market your services as a pharmacy," he continued."We want people to be aware of who we are and what we do, but this perhaps may not be best practice."
"One of our big prevention points is 'medicine is not candy'," said Dr. Anna Dulaney, a Medical Toxicologist with Carolinas Poison Center. "Teach your child that medicine is not candy because there are medicines that look like candy. The use of skittles is even kind of worse in this setting."
Dulaney says about half of the drug exposures that the Center sees are in children under the age of 6.
"A growing problem is adolescent substance abuse and we already know from some of the focus groups we've had from teenagers locally - they already feel like prescription drug abuse is no big deal," Dulaney said.
The pharmacy and parade organizers say no other people complained about the candy bottles.
An organizer of the event did say parade participants tell them what they are going to pass out, but says the pharmacy did not make it clear the type of container the candy was going to be in.
She says it does raise concern and would have probably told them it was not a good idea.
The pharmacy says it won't be advertising like this again.
Faith Parade organizers are not upset with Price Pharmacy and welcome the business' support of the event.
Officials say the pharmacy has done nothing illegal and the Hobart family is the family who has come forward to complain.
Saturday, July 26 2014 2:09 PM EDT2014-07-26 18:09:07 GMT
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A mysterious 'Woman in Black' has been spotted around the Tri-State in recent days, causing social media to erupt with questions about her identity.Full Story >
Monday, July 28 2014 6:12 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:12:32 GMT
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area. According to the National Weather Service, numerous trees and power lines were blown downFull Story >
Damage was reported in several areas of Highland County Sunday night after a strong storm went through the area.Full Story >