A critical approach to educating fifth- and sixth-grade students about medicine safety.
Modeled after the FDA’s “Medicines in My Home” program.

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Whiteboard Images to Support Lessons
  • Drug Facts
  • Dosage
  • Safety
Sealed Bottle

SEALED BOTTLE

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Medicine Label

MEDICINE LABEL

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Checklist

CHECKLIST

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Dosage Cup

DOSAGE CUP

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Tamper Evident

TAMPER EVIDENT

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Improper Dose

IMPROPER DOSE

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Improper Dose

IMPROPER DOSE

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Pharmacist

PHARMACIST

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Nurse

NURSE

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OTC Literacy is packed with resources to help students and their families better understand over-the-counter (OTC) medicine safety. Download the mini-poster of the Drug Facts label to post in the health office and copy the “OTC Literacy for Your Family” sheet to send home.

Resources

MINI-POSTER (From Nurse Newsletter)

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RESOURCE SHEET (From Nurse Newsletter)

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As a community leader, you can help to ensure that tweens and their families are educated about the safe use and storage of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. OTC Literacy is packed with resources to help you communicate the need for a thorough understanding of OTC medicine safety.

Know the facts:  Over the Counter (OTC) Medicine Literacy and Safety for adolescents.  By age 16, Approximately 90% of adolescents report self-administering OTC medications.  The majority of adolescents begin to self-medicate with OTC medicines between 8-12 years old. Teens are medicating with and without adult supervision.  22% take OTC meds without checking with an adult.  43% take OTC meds after checking with an adult.  32% take OTC meds when given to them by an adult.
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Community Partner Resources

  • CADCA Building drug-free communities logo

    The Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America represents community leaders like you in every U.S. state and works in 18 countries around the world.

  • Safe Kids Wordwide logo

    Safe Kids Worldwide works with over 500 coalitions in the U.S. and partners in 25 countries internationally to prevent childhood injuries.

  • Educate before You Medicate The NCPIE Coalition working together to promote safe medicine use

    The National Council on Patient Information and Education works to improve communication between consumers and healthcare professionals on safe and appropriate medicine use.

  • ISMP Institute for Safe Medicine Practices logo

    The Institute for Safe Medication Practices is the nation’s only 501(c)(3) nonprofit devoted to medication error prevention and safe medication use.

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