Prescription Medicine Safety – Resources for Parents & Caregivers

Seymour says, “Hey, parents and caregivers! You have a significant effect on your child’s decision to make healthy choices. Check out the following resources to get facts and tips on how to keep your family and community safe.

Whether your child is toddling through preschool, meandering through middle school or cruising into high school — here are sites to help support healthy choices at every age.

 

Lock Your Meds

1,000 North Carolinians die every year due to prescription medication overdose. For every one overdose death, there are 17 emergency department visits and more than 9 hospitalizations due to overdose. 

 

NC Poison Control

North Carolina Poison Control provides information on types of poisons, poison prevention, and educational resources. Learn more.

 

SafeKids

We want to encourage our kids to explore and discover their world, so it’s especially important to include medicine safety when childproofing your home. Get tips on how to keep kids safe around medicine.

 

GenerationRx

The mission of Generation Rx is to educate people of all ages about the potential dangers of misusing prescription medications. In doing so, we strive to enhance medication safety among our youth, college students, other adults in our communities, and older adults. Prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, but any medication has the potential to do harm – especially when misused. Learn more.

 

Center for Disease Control (CDC)

Get tips on medicine safety and up-to-date medical information.

 

Talk it Out

Prevent underage drinking and alcohol poisoning/overdose. Underage drinking in North Carolina starts earlier, and comes with higher costs, than we imagine. Not just dollars and cents, but lives lost, futures irrevocably altered, brains forever impaired — all of the physical, social and emotional damage that can weigh down tweens and teenagers for the rest of their lives. Your kids may already be more aware of alcohol than you think. And they’re almost certainly ready to hear what you have to say.

Start your conversations now. And stop underage drinking in your family.

 

Get Smart About Drugs: A DEA Resource for Parents

GetSmartAboutDrugs.com is all about providing parents and families with a comprehensive collection of resources to help you identify and prevent drug abuse among children and young adults. Knowledge is power–and you are not alone.

Find information on:

♦  How to identify signs of drug abuse
♦  Which medications teen are abusing
♦  The language kids are using to communicate online & on mobile devices
♦  How you can make your home safer

Watch Get Smart About Drugs Videos

From language signs of drug use to preventing prescription drug use, view videos from across the website for tips on keeping your family safe from drugs. Watch NOW!

 

NC Parent Resource Center

Explore NC Parent Resource Center’s list of online resources to learn more about how you can talk to your children about the risks associated with underage drinking and drug use, signs and symptoms there may be a problem, and where to look for help.

 

Scholastic Over-The-Counter Medicine Safety

Explore health lessons about responsible medicine use. Use the digital videos, quizzes, and Kahoot!s to learn more.

 

See a Needle?

SeeANeedle.com is a resource for parents, teachers, community members, and anyone else who needs to teach children what to do if they find a used hypodermic needle.

 

 

Back to Prescription Medicine Safety Toolkit Homepage

 

Below you’ll find more resources, videos and activities related to
Prescription Medicine Safety to share with your family.

 

 

“Support for this Webpage is provided by a grant to the Alice Aycock Poe Center for Health Education from the American Medical Association Foundation through the Healthy Living Grant Program.”




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