The Van Buren Community SAFE Coalition along with the Van Buren County Hospital and Thomas Pharmacy are providing education to all 5th and 6th grade students at the Van Buren Elementary on the dangers of prescription and over the counter medications.
Through a partnership with Scholastic, CADCA and McNeil the SAFE Coalition was able to receive the materials and curriculum to train all 5th and 6th grade students in the district. This curriculum has four 30 minute lessons to engage the students in discussions about the dangers of prescription medications.
Lesson 1- All About Medicine
Lesson 2- Reading and Understanding the Drug Facts Label
Lesson 3- Medicine Measuring Tools and Storage
Lesson 4- Medicines and Misuse
Each lesson is online, interactive and encourages the students to get involved in the activities. The lessons will be taught by their classroom teachers as well as members of the community. Larry Thomas- pharmacist at Thomas Pharmacy, Dr. Tim Blair with Van Buren County Hospital and Heidi Bainnbridge with the Van Buren County SAFE Coalition will all be guest presenters.
Students will receive take-home information to share with their families about the information that they learn during each lesson.
The SAFE Coalition is concerned about the rising numbers of prescription and OTC drug abuse in the nation and wants to ensure that students in the local districts are being educated on the dangers of prescription and over the counter medications.
For more information on the curriculum or about the SAFE Coalition please contact the Van Buren County SAFE Coalition at 319-293-6412 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the website at www.vbsafecoalition.com or on Facebook.