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Be MedWise Tennessee Community Education Programs

A series of sessions on various issues related to medications targeted to parents, adults and seniors.

  • Medicines In My Home for sixth graders or older - an interactive educational program about the safe and effective use of over-the-counter medications.
  • Food and Drug Interactions - a presentation focused on the principles of food and drug action and interactions and prevention/detection of interactions.
  • Managing Your Medications *
    • Lesson: Know Your Medications - orients participants to common medication terms and the different types of medication.
    • Lesson: Managing Your Medications and Their Cost - participants learn to catalog the medications they are currently taking using the UT Med Minder card and practical ways to save money on prescription drugs.
  • Medication Use Safety Training (MUST) for Seniors is an interactive program promoting the safe and appropriate use of medications by older adults. Seniors are taught how to avoid medication misuse, recognize and manage common side effects, and improve medicine use knowledge, attitudes, skills to avoid medication errors. The program components include PowerPoint presentation and notes, voice over PowerPoint presentation, videos and fact sheets.
  • Not Worth the Risk - Even If It's Legal is an awareness campaign designed to educate parents, teens and communities about teen prescription medication abuse. Materials include print, radio and TV spots in English and Spanish and two brochures (one for teens/one for parents).

* These lessons are part of the Navigating Your Health Care System program.

Medication Safety: a Toolkit for Families

Medication Safety Toolkit for Families

This toolkit will hep you protect yourself and your loved ones. It provides practical information about:

  • Avoiding medication misuse
  • Getting the facts about your family's medications
  • Keeping a family medical record
  • Tips for safe medicine use in children and older adults and during pregnancy
  • Questions to ask your health team