UpAndAway - Grandparents and Medication Safe Storage

More than 5.4 million children are being raised in households headed by grandparents, and one in eight grandparents care for a grandchild on a regular basis.  With a national trend towards multi-generational households and increasing numbers of grandparents serving as primary childcare providers, safe storage of household medicines is an increasingly important issue for seniors and grandparents. 

While grandparents place a top priority on their grandchildren's safety, an often overlooked danger lurks within easy reach of children in their care: unsecured medications.  The facts are sobering:

  • Every year, more than 60,000 children age 5 or younger are treated in an emergency room for accidental medication poisoning.
  • In 86% of those ER visits, the child had easy access to the medication.
  • In 38% of the cases, the medicine belonged to a grandparent.

In order to raise awareness of this important issue and promote safe medication storage, the Alliance for Aging Research is collaborating with the Consumer Healthcare Products Association Educational Foundation, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's PROTECT Initiative, to promote the Up and Away and Out of Sight medicine safe storage campaign to grandparents and senior communities.

      

 

Tips for Grandparents on Safe Medicine Storage

As part of this collaboration, the Alliance is helping promote the Tip Sheet developed by the Up And Away campaign.  An updated version of this document, based largely on insightful and important data from Safe Kids Worldwide, is available for download below.  We encourage you to share this tip sheet and its information through social media and in any venue where grandparents might see it and learn more about keeping their grandchildren safe. More tips will be available on Twitter using the hashtag #MedsUpAway. 

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Click here to access a downloadable version.

Watch the Promoting Safe Medication Use and Storage: Overview of Policy & Education Efforts Webcast below!

 Additional Resources on Medication Safety and Adherence

Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition

The Coalition is made up of leading health, healthcare providers, and consumer organizations. The American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and U.S. Food and Drug Administration serve as advisors to the Coalition.

The goal of the Coalition is to educate consumers and patients about how to use medicines containing acetaminophen appropriately and to help change behaviors that could lead to an unintentional acetaminophen overdose. Through outreach to healthcare providers, patients, and consumers, the coalition works to ensure that acetaminophen is used only as directed or labeled.

The Coalition is the official sponsor of the Know Your Dose campaign.

CDC PROTECT Initiative

The PROTECT Initiative is an innovative collaboration bringing together public health agencies, private sector companies, professional organizations, consumer/patient advocates, and academic experts to develop strategies to keep children safe from unintentional medication overdoses.  Medication overdoses can lead to harm, sometimes requiring emergency treatment or hospitalization and are a significant public health problem.

CHPA Educational Foundation

CHPA is committed to promoting the increasingly vital role of OTCs and dietary supplements in America's healthcare system through science, education, and advocacy. The association provides leadership and guidance on regulatory and scientific issues to Congress; state legislatures; and federal, state, and international government agencies. CHPA shares educational tools and information with partners across the globe to ensure the safe and responsible use of OTC medicines.

MUST for Seniors

Medication Use Safety Training (MUST) for Seniors™ is an online educational campaign and workshop designed to promote safe and appropriate medication use. This interactive program includes a ready-to-use PowerPoint presentation with presenter notes and handouts, tips for taking medications safely, feature articles, videos with experts and much more.

National Consumers League

Having a serious long-term health problem can take away your chances of a long and full life with your family – if you let it. The Script Your Future campaign is designed to help you take back your future by helping you take your medicine as directed.

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Founded in 1987 as an anti-drug advertising campaign and formerly known as the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, we are a nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing teen substance abuse and helping families impacted by addiction.

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids translates the science of teen drug use and addiction for families, providing parents with direct support to prevent and cope with teen drug and alcohol abuse.

Safe Kids Worldwide

Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, the number one killer of kids in the United States. Around the world, a child dies from an unintentional injury every 30 seconds. And millions of children are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime. - See more at: http://www.safekids.org/who-we-are#sthash.Nnh5K4pr.dpuf

Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, the number one killer of kids in the United States. Around the world, a child dies from an unintentional injury every 30 seconds. And millions of children are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime. - See more at: http://www.safekids.org/who-we-are#sthash.Nnh5K4pr.dpuf
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, the number one killer of kids in the United States. Around the world, a child dies from an unintentional injury every 30 seconds. And millions of children are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime. - See more at: http://www.safekids.org/who-we-are#sthash.Nnh5K4pr.dpuf

 Promoting Safe Medication Use and Storage Webcast slides now available!

Thank you to all who attended the Promoting Safe Medication Use and Storage: Overview of Policy & Education Efforts webcast. The webcast slides are now available to download.

WEBCAST SPEAKERS:

Sue Peschin, MHS
President & CEO
Alliance for Aging Research

Dan Budnitz, MD, MPH
CDC Medication Safety Program
UpAndAway Campaign

Kate Carr
President & CEO
Safe Kids Worldwide

Stephen Pasierb
President & CEO
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Marcia Lee Taylor
Senior Vice President, Director of Gov Affairs
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Emily Skor
Executive Director
CHPA Educational Foundation

Rebecca Burkholder
Vice President, Health Policy
National Consumers League