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2017-11-09 / Local News

Library to host medicine safety information session

The West Seneca Public Library will offer a free program about over-the-counter medicine safety from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at the library, 1300 Union Road.

The team of presenters, led by Gigi Yam, are Doctor of Pharmacy candidates from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy.

Their program will include the safe use and risks involved with pain medications for adults, plus games about over-the-counter medicine safety for children, stressing the importance of how to responsibly use medicine under the guidance of an adult, how to read drug fact labels, how to properly dose and store medicine, and the consequences of misuse.

Three pharmacy students and one pharmacist will be present for the duration of the presentation.

Over-the-counter medicine safety is a new student-driven program at the University at Buffalo’s chapter of the American Pharmacist Association.

The program provides presentations for all ages to engage the community with discussions on medicine safety at pharmacies, community centers and middle schools.

Members of the team are all Doctor of Pharmacy candidates from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy who work with a faculty adviser on organizing content for events.

The program has recently launched a new presentation program for fifth- and sixth-graders.

According to Yam, research shows that children begin to self-medicate at around age 11 — in fifth and sixth grade. By the time children reach age 16, approximately 90 percent report taking over-the-counter medicines on their own.

If not equipped with the knowledge and training to make safe choices, mistakes can happen, leading to negative outcomes. The program attempts to influence behavior before children start to self-medicate by teaching them how to responsibly use medicines under the supervision of a guardian.

The program has arranged to also provide free blood pressure readings and complimentary materials.

Call the West Seneca Public Library at 674-9206 to reserve a seat.

Those who are interested in the programs or would like to get in contact with the program can email OTCmedicinesafety@gmail.com.

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