Research shows that children begin to self-medicate at around age 11. By the time they reach age 16, approximately 90 percent report taking over-the-counter (OTC) medicines on their own. If not equipped with the knowledge and training to make safe choices, mistakes can happen, leading to negative outcomes.
Our goal is to educate 5th and 6th graders, as well as their parents and caregivers on:
Reading medicine directions
Following OTC label directions
Proper measurement of medicine
Safe storage and disposal of medicine
Consulting with parent or guardian before taking medications