Learn strategies to prevent over-the-counter (OTC) medicine abuse in your community, starting with school-aged children, at CADCA’s 15th annual Mid-Year Training Institute at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas July 17th-21.
In the “Drugs: Community Kryptonite” track, coalition leaders can take a training session entitled “Teaching Tweens to be Medicine Wise,”on July 18th.
CADCA knows that coalitions often support the implementation of effective programs as part of a comprehensive strategy.
Since 2013, CADCA has been contributing to the tools surrounding the OTC Medicine Safety program and sharing it with its coalition network. Developed by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Scholastic and the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), OTC Medicine Safety is a no-cost program that teaches tweens to read a drug facts label, identify safe storage strategies, and understand proper dosage measurements. Tweens also walk away with a foundational understanding that OTC medicines are only safe when used following specific medical guidelines and should never be shared. OTC Medicine Safety is an exciting way to deepen your relationship with local schools and impact a teachable, reachable young audience.
At the end of the training session, the participants will be able to: become familiar with the modules, lesson plans and tools surrounding the OTC Medicine Safety curriculum and develop an implementation plan.
Barbara Carlton, one of the training session facilitators, is a Prevention Specialist with the Alamance Burlington School System in North Carolina. She has been using the curricula in her coalition work for a few years with 4th-6th grade students.
“The thing I love the most is that everything you need is on the website. It is easy to find and laid out in a user-friendly way. The lessons were easy to teach, no matter who was teaching. The students enjoyed the lessons, especially the interactive information.”
To read more about this training session, visit CADCA’s schedule. In addition, the Training Session Grid is up and ready for you to plan out your days while attending the Mid-Year Training Institute.
Participants can take training in one of eight tracks and there are special youth sessions, too, through CADCA’s National Youth Leadership Initiative. For more information, visit CADCA’s event website. Engage with us on social media using the hashtag #CADCAMidYear.
Read a blog from CADCA’s National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month: A Parent’s Perspective