News you can use: health & drug safety updates


  • February 24, 2016
    Join the Twitter conversation on March 23 when The Alliance for Aging Research, in partnership with the Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition, the American Association of Poison Control Centers, CHPA Educational Foundation, and NCPIE, hosts a Twitter chat (1:00 – 2:00 pm EST) on how to safely choose, take, store, and dispose of OTC medications. Topics will include: • Tips on how and when to take (and not take) medications • Guidance on safely storing medications to keep them out of the hands of young children and those who might want to abuse medications
  • February 22, 2016
    Rite Aid is making available nationwide talking prescription devices to help with customers who are blind or visually impaired. Rite Aid will also provide large-print prescription information sheets to customers who ask for them. Visually impaired customers can request a talking prescription device at any of the nearly 4,600 Rite Aid pharmacies nationwide.
  • February 17, 2016
    New research indicates that young adults misuse ADHD drugs most often. The study, published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, looked at trends from 2006 through 2011 and identified individuals aged 18–25 years as the ones who most often take the prescription stimulants inappropriately. For all age groups, the primary source for nonmedical use of dextroamphetamine–amphetamine (Adderall—Teva) was family or friends. During the 6-year study period, treatment visits involving the ADHD drug were unchanged for
  • February 12, 2016
    The Safer Universities Program is directed at reducing excessive drinking and intoxication off-campus, near the college, including parties at homes and apartments, as well as at nearby bars and restaurants. It achieves this by enhancing enforcement of laws to encourage responsible hosting and service of alcohol in private and commercial settings. A downloadable tool kit describes the components of the action plan and provides tips and materials that support implementation.
  • February 9, 2016
    A new study finds marijuana use in the first year of college can lead to students missing classes. The more frequently a student uses marijuana, the more they tend to skip class, earn lower grades, and graduate later. Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health followed 1,117 college students for eight years to test the direct and indirect effects on marijuana use on GPA and time to graduation. The findings are part of a larger study, called the College Life Study, which began in 2003.
  • February 6, 2016
    The Alliance for Aging Research (NCPIE Member) released a new pocket video on Safe Medication Disposal. NCPIE served on the Expert Reviewer Panel for the film. This film gives a simple step-by-step guide on how to dispose of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications in a way that keeps them out of the hands of young children, prevents abuse, and is safe for the environment. Learn what medications can be disposed of at home and how, as well as how to find community and Drug Enforcement Agency take-back programs.
  • February 2, 2016
    You’re returning from a trip overseas and want to bring back over-the-counter drugs from Europe that aren’t available here. Can you? Your mother-in-law is visiting from Mexico to help with the new baby and runs out of her blood pressure medication. Can she refill her prescription at a U.S. pharmacy? Your foreign exchange student forgot his allergy medication. Can his parents mail it to him from Japan? These are just some of the questions people ask the Food and Drug Administration’s Division of Drug Information.
  • February 1, 2016

    NCPIE serves as co-editor for a monthly column in Pharmacy Today (American Pharmacists Association) The column is entitled “One-to-One” and is intended to help develop pharmacists’ medication communication and counseling skills to promote safe and appropriate medicine use.

  • January 29, 2016
    Keeping unwanted or expired medicine in your home puts your family at risk. Every year, nearly 60,000 young children end up in the emergency department because they got into medicine while their parent or caregiver was not looking. Any medicine can be dangerous if taken in the wrong way or by the wrong person, even medicine you buy without a prescription (known as over-the-counter or OTC medicine). It is important to always store medicines up and away and out of sight of children. And when done with medicine, it is important to quickly get rid of it.
  • January 28, 2016
    A website designed to help parents have difficult discussions about substance use with their college-age children Topics include impaired driving, living off campus, housing and roommates, celebrating their 21st birthday safely, spring break, holidays and Halloween. The website was created by The Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems. Ages 18 to 25 are the peak developmental period for the onset of alcohol and other drug problems as well as mental health disorders. Research tells us that the adolescent brain is not fully developed until the late 20’s and