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Last week, we shared some staggering statistics with you about the knowledge of tweens when it comes to OTC medications. This week, we wanted to share a little more information with you about the resources available from Scholastic OTC Literacy to help you improve the OTC Literacy “grade” for the children in your household. Tweens begin to self-medicate with over the counter medications at around age 11, so making sure that they have all the facts while still in elementary school is imperative.
Schools all over the country are participating in Scholastic OTC Literacy programs, but those lessons need to be supported and reinforced by parents. Scholastic and the American Association of Poison Control Centers have partnered to develop a fact filled printable resource packet for use in homes, as well. This packet includes a checklist to help ensure that your home is safe from and educated about the dangers of over the counter medications, plus four fact sheets covering the most important information about the top four areas that need to be discussed when it comes to OTC safety.
Be sure to brush up on the facts before sharing with your children! You might even learn something you didn’t realize. The Scholastic OTC Literacy program also has other resources for parents, teachers, and the community to help improve tweens’ understanding of the proper use of over the counter medications. Take some time to ask your children what they know about OTC medications and start this important conversation today!