By Cynthia Sloan, College of Pharmacy
The Ohio State University College of Pharmacy’s Generation Rx Team has granted 13 OSU Extension Ambassadors to implement the components of the Generation Rx Older Adult Toolkit (for individuals age 55+) throughout Ohio continuing until September 2022. This opportunity was made possible through grant funding from Ohio Mental Health & Addiction Services.
Medications help us live longer and healthier lives; however, they can also produce harmful effects when not used properly. Presentations will focus on 3 main themes. The first theme is how to be your own health advocate as it pertains to medications. The second focuses on safe medication practices such as storage and disposal. The last theme is about the risks of medication misuse and how you can help prevent it. You will also be introduced to ready-to-use materials available to help educate your community about safe medication use.
Recipients are the following:
Corinna Gromley in Carroll County
Roseanne Scammahorn in Darke County
Sarah Sowell in Fayette County
Loretta Sweeney in Franklin County
Jami Dellifield in Hardin County
Alisha Barton in Miami County
Pat Holmes in Montgomery County
Casey Bishop in Paulding County
Tammy Jones in Pike County
Dennis DeCamp in Scioto County
Marie Economos in Trumbull County
Laura Stanton in Warren County
Suzan Zies in Wood County
What is Generation Rx?
Generation Rx is an evidence-informed educational program that aims to educate people of all ages about safe medication-taking practices and the potential dangers of misusing prescription medications.
- The project was founded in 2007 by The Ohio State University faculty and began partnering with the Cardinal Health Foundation in 2009.
- Over 100K adults and peer educators, including many Extension educators, have used Generation Rx to educate their communities about safe medication taking practices.
- Together, the Generation Rx network members have educated nearly 3 million people nationwide.
Using audience-specific toolkits (available online at no cost to you), Generation Rx shares the following key messages:
- Only use prescription medication as directed by a health professional.
- Never share your prescription medications with others or use someone else’s prescription medications.
- Always store your medications securely to prevent others from taking them, and properly dispose of medications that you no longer need.
- Be a good example to those around you by modeling these safe medication-taking practices and discussing the dangers of misusing prescription drugs with your family, friends, colleagues, students or patients.
For more information, and to join our mailing list, please visit generationrx.org.