National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Visit your local law enforcement agency on Saturday, October 26th for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to drop off your unused or expired and over the counter medications (including pet medications) Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office Cumberland, Maine Police Department Falmouth Maine Police Department Freeport Maine Police Department Yarmouth, Maine Police Department.

 

 

Successful Senior Prescription Drug Safety Presentation in Pownal

Thank you to Sheriff Kevin Joyce from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office for presenting with Beth Blakeman-Pohl of Casco Bay CAN to 42 senior citizens last week. They presented at the First Parish Church in Pownal to inform seniors with prescription drug safety tips.

Gray and New Gloucester- Senior Prescription Drug Safety

Gray and New Gloucester Senior Citizens please join us and Sheriff Joyce from the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office to learn more about prescription drug safety! This event will be on Wednesday, April 4th at 10am at the Town of Gray‘s town hall.

Freeport Rx Safety Presentation

Beth Blakeman-Pohl, Casco Bay CAN Director, and Officer Mike McManus of the Freeport Police Department, presented to 27 seniors last week on prescription drug safety tips.

 

       

Spring Clean Your Medicine Cabinet

Keep your kids safe and ensure you know about prescription drug safety!

Poison Prevention

Wendy Sue Swanson, MD, MBE at Seattle Children’s Hospital writes about what parents need to know about poison prevention:
 
1) Parents must teach their children what medicine is and that only you or a caregiver should give it to them. Although this is a safeguard, especially for older children, we have to remember that young children will always be led by their curiosity.
 
2) Never tell them that medicines (including vitamins) are candy, even if they don’t like to take it. Medicine is medicine — we can advertise it’s benefit but really can’t confuse or inflate it to that of candy. Our children inherently want to mimic our behaviors (at least while they are young! so we have to stay away from advertising meds as candy.
 
3) Set aside time this week to double-check that your medicines are stored safely up, away and out of sight of kids. When you check in on the medicines in your home, check in to make sure the dosing device is attached (even with a rubber band) to the medicine.
 
4) This isn’t just an important issue for when you are home but it matters when you are traveling, with medicines in your suitcase or purse, it matters when you stay with friends or families, especially Grandparents.
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