Beginning in 2009, the College of Pharmacy at The Ohio State University and the Cardinal Health Foundation partnered to provide open-source educational materials that anyone can use to help prevent the misuse of prescription drugs. They call this program “Generation Rx,” in response to the 2007 book by the same title written by Greg Critser.
The mission of Generation Rx is to educate people of all ages about the potential dangers of misusing prescription medications. Prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, but any medication has the potential to do harm – especially when misused.
Safe Medication Practices for Better Health focuses on three main themes:
- Be your own health advocate – you are the most important part of your healthcare team. Take the time to become an expert!
- Learn safe medication practices – only take medicines as directed by your healthcare professionals, store them securely, and safely dispose of them when no longer needed.
- Know the risks of medication misuse – drug misuse affects us all – find out how you can help.
Part of the program includes training Generation Rx Ambassadors to teach programs. This spring, the College of Pharmacy reached out to OSU Extension to ask us to reach older adults with this program. Coshocton County was one of ten counties chosen in Ohio. This is an interactive presentation that includes a trivia game. There are in-person and virtual opportunities. Programs are scheduled for Friday, September 3 at 10:30 AM at the Coshocton Public Library and Wednesday, September 15 at 8:30 AM at Kids America. The virtual program will be via Zoom on Thursday, August 12 at noon. Registration for the Zoom is at go.osu.edu/genrxcosh