Data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) reveals that 20,000 kids per year need medical help due to medicine mistakes or misuse.
Based on research that students begin to self-medicate at around the age of 11, the OTC Medicine Safety program was created by AAPCC and Scholastic to target grades 5–6 students.
- Analyze informational text about over-the-counter and prescription medicine.
- Identify the differences between prescription (Rx) and OTC medicines.
- Understand the importance of the Drug Facts label and be able to identify its different sections.
- Effectively use information from the Drug Facts label under the supervision of a parent or trusted adult.
- Distinguish between safe and unsafe storage locations for OTC medicines, and safe disposal.
- Understand that using OTC medicines inappropriately can cause harm.
- Recognize unsafe situations involving OTC medicines and use problem-solving skills to brainstorm solutions.
- Identify the Poison Help number (1-800-222-1222) and understand that this free resource is available to support safe medicine use.