Series offers tips on medication and opioid use safety

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Greene County has one of Missouri’s highest rates of hospital emergency room visits due to opioid misuse and overdose, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The average age of first use/misuse of prescription drugs for Greene County students is 11.61 years. Make plans to attend this series presented by students from the UMKC School of Pharmacy at MSU, working with Community Partnership of the Ozarks to promote a preventive approach to opioid addiction in southwest Missouri.

  • Medication Safety for Parents Tuesday, April 16, 6 p.m., in the Midtown Carnegie Branch upstairs meeting room. When curious kids and teens get access to prescription medications, the results can be disastrous. Learn about medication misuse and abuse among older kids and teens and how to manage your prescription medications safely in this presentation just for parents. Call 865-0135.
  • 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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