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"My mom and I went to the 2006 9Health Fair at Aims Community College in Greeley, CO. I hadn't been feeling well so my sister-in-law urged me to go.We went on a Sunday, and that Tuesday I got a call from a nurse who informed me that my thyroid level was less than .01 and that I needed to contact my doctor. I did so right away and had further tests run. I was diagnosed with hyperthyroid and through additional tests, learned that I was suffering from Graves’s disease. Had I not gone to the 9Health Fair, I believe I still would have been seeking help. I am feeling so much better and on the way to recovery. Thank you 9Health Fair staff and volunteers!!!"

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“My wife and I have been going to [the] 9Health Fair for many years in several different towns in Colorado, so it plays a big part in our lives. In April of 2003, we went again to have our annual blood screening but this time mine came back a little different. My PSA number came in a little high with a suggestion to make an appointment with my doctor. With further evaluation I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I had no previous symptoms. I was given several options but at my age of 51, surgery was the best for me. As you can see 9Health Fair saved my life. My family and I are so grateful for the services available to all of our communities. 9Health Fair is great and I am looking forward to many more 9fairs.”

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9Health Topic

August 2015

Medication Safety: Practice Makes Perfect

  

Did you know that more people accidentally die from prescription drugs each year than car crashes and illegal drugs combined? According to the JP Prescription Drug Awareness Foundation, someone dies every 15 minutes of an accidental prescription drug overdose in the U.S. In 2013, 50 Coloradans died each month from unintentional drug poisonings.

How safe are your prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications? It's amazing how many people are unaware of how to properly take, store and dispose of medications.

This is why it is important to take medications by reading directions thoroughly and check the drug facts to make sure you understand what you are taking. It is also imperative that the youth are educated on the dangers of prescription and OTC meds when taken improperly. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, they are the most commonly abused substance among American teens 14 and older, after the use of marijuana and alcohol. 

There are many myths about medications and it is important to know the reality behind them. TakeMedsSeriously.org helps you separate fact from fiction when it comes to the most common myths.  

And check out these sources for information on how to keep you and your family knowledgeable and out of danger.

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Talk to your doctor and pharmacist about your specific medications to learn about side-effects, things to watch out for and any other information they can give you before you begin taking the prescription or the OTC medication. You can also take a look at the National Institute of Health's list of drugs to learn about your medication. The information includes side-effects, dosage, special precautions and more. 

Tell us about a medication safety plan you have in place. Share with us on Facebook.


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