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  1. Medication Safety Help for Grandparents Bluegrass Prevention Center Elizabeth Anderson-Hoagland Fall 2011

  2. Medications = Drugs • Change how the body works • Treats or prevents a disease or symptom

  3. Over the Counter Medications • Do NOT need to see a doctor • Sometimes have to get from pharmacy counter, like cold medicine • Examples: • Aspirin, other pain relievers • Claritin, other allergy medications • Zantac, other antacids • Some sleep aids

  4. Prescription Medications • MUST see a doctor for a prescription • Examples: • Antibiotics • Pain medications • Heart and blood pressure medications • Some sleep aids

  5. What’s the problem? • Medications are strong • Can have side effects • Can interact with other medications or vitamins

  6. What’s the problem? • Young children getting in to medicine or thinking medicine is candy

  7. EMERGENCY!

  8. What’s the problem? • Using medicines to get high • Can be prescription or over-the-counter

  9. What Youth Believe • It’s OK to take someone else’s medication • Prescription drugs are not addictive • Prescription drugs are safer than illegal drugs FALSE! FALSE! FALSE!

  10. Let’s Take A Tour…

  11. Bathroom Medicine Cabinet Trashcan

  12. Kitchen Cabinet Fridge Counter

  13. Bedroom Bedside Table

  14. Living Room Computer

  15. What Can I Do?

  16. Talk To Your Doctor and Pharmacist

  17. Know Your Medications

  18. Keep Track of Your Medications and Supplements • Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use • Watch out for food and drug interactions • Don’t take what medication when drinking grapefruit juice? • What food or drink makes iron pills more effective? • What supplement should not be taken with blood thinners?

  19. Protect Medications

  20. Protect Medications

  21. Protect Your Home

  22. Open Houses Garage Sales

  23. Protect Yourself

  24. How To Get Rid of Medications • NO LABELS • PILLS GROUND UP • MIX WITH SOMETHING GROSS

  25. Tips for Talking to Children • Medicine is not candy. • Follow the directions on the label. • When in doubt, ask a parent, guardian, nurse, doctor or pharmacist. • Medicine is strong and can make you sick if you don’t take it correctly. • Talk to a trusted adult if medicine makes you feel worse.

  26. Tips for Talking to Teens • Listen. • Be honest. • Be firm. • Be warm. • Share your feelings. • Set limits.

  27. Talking about drugs reduces use byhalf

  28. Questions?

  29. Presented by:BluegrassPreventionCenter • Contact us: • Elizabeth Anderson Hoagland • 859-225-3296 • Thanks for being here. You are never alone!