Medication Safety for Parents & Children

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Helping parents keep drugs out of the hands of children.

A three part series on opioid abuse kicked off Tuesday night at the Midtown Carnegie Library Branch in Springfield. It’s an effort from the pharmacy program at Missouri State University, and the Communty Partnership of the Ozarks.

Tuesday’s presentation is a part of a program called ‘Generation RX.’ Since 1999, overdose deaths have quardrupled in Greene County, and the average frist use age is 11 years old. Amelia Godfrey is a UMKC School of Pharmacy student at MSU. She says says only take opioids for what’s been prescribed, properly dispose of medications, and have a converstation with children, on how damaging drugs can be.

“Their children are learning about medications, perscriptions or otherwise from their friends and other people from the internet,” said Godfrey. “…and what we want them to take away from this, if you model safe medication practices for your children, that is the lasting impact they will have.”

There are two more presentaions in this series coming up later in April:

· Medication Safety for Older Adults and Caregivers Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. in the Schweitzer Brentwood Branch community room. Many older adults struggle with medication safety and management. Learn how you or someone you care for can better manage their medicine cabinet. Call 883-1974.

· Medication Safety for Adults Tuesday, April 23, 6 p.m. in the Library Station Santa Fe Room. Prescription medications help us live longer and healthier lives. They can also produce harmful effects when not used properly. Learn about the dangers of medication misuse and abuse and how to safely manage your prescription medications. Call 865-1340.

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