publication date: Nov 7, 2007
As many as 42 per cent
of children and young people do not follow medical advice
when using medicines, putting themselves seriously
at risk of further health problems.
in particular are ignoring
directions about how to properly
use medicines because of social concerns.
This can lead to dangerous
practices such as:
One in five
- neglecting diabetic injections for fear of putting on weight; or
- leaving inhalers at home because they are embarrassed to use them in front of their friends.
school children is taking medicines
in any one week
so it is crucial
that they are made aware
about their safe
To this end, Ask About Medicines Week
kicks off a year of activities
around the country that will focus
on kids asking
as they grow up.
will use a new Lesson Pack
in schools produced by Ask About Medicines with the support of the National Pharmacy Association
and the Department of Health
, which contains lesson plans and complements
the national curriculum, where at present medicines
are only covered briefly.
Also being launched is the My Medicine Guide,
a one page sheet that parents
can complete together to help children understand
more about the medicine they have been given.
My Medicine Guide click here