WHAT: The Van Buren County SAFE Coalition will host an educational forum on Wednesday Oct. 15th about protecting young people from misusing and abusing over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. The event will feature national and local experts and will highlight the OTC Literacy curriculum, a free program developed by Scholastic, the American Association of Poison Control Centers and McNeil Consumer Healthcare to teach kids and parents about OTC medicine safety.
WHY: Misusing OTC medicines can have dire consequences. In 2011, poison centers managed over 260,000 cases of medicine poison exposures involving children aged 6-19. 143,000 cases were caused by medication errors and misuse. In addition, according to the Monitoring the Future Survey, 1 in 25 teens abuses OTC cough medicines to get high. In addition, according to the 2012 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, one out of three teens knows someone who has abused OTC cough medicine to get high.
WHO: Tammy Noble, Education Coordinator, Iowa Poison Control
Milt Linn, Brand Manager, McNeil Consumer Healthcare
Mary Elizabeth Elliott, Vice President of Communications, Membership and IT, CADCA
WHEN: October 16, 2013, 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: Van Buren Elementary School
14574 Jefferson Street
Douds, IA 52551