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Last Updated
March 8, 2017
FOR MEDICINE USERS > Special Populations
The following section is designed for medicine users with special needs or characteristics such as age, gender, and/or language skills. Click on the links below to go directly to the resource listed. (Many sources are external websites; most are from the federal government.)

October Health Observances
Safeguarding Your Medicines
Prescription Medicine Abuse: General
Prescription Medicine Abuse: Pain Relievers
Older Adults
Women
Children
Spanish / Español
Low-Literacy Medicine Users

October Health Observances

NCPIE's "Talk About Prescriptions" Month -
   Your Medicine Information: Read It and Heed It
American Pharmacists Month
National Pharmacy Week
Health Literacy Month

Safeguarding Your Medicines

From the Consumer Health Information Corporation

Information on Anthrax
From the Centers for Disease Control
From the National Institutes of Health

Prescription Medicine Abuse: General

Message from the Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse: "Increased Abuse of Prescription Drugs is Cause for Concern"
Resources for Science-based Drug Abuse Education
Rx Action Alliance

Prescription Medicine Abuse: Pain Relievers

From the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): "Non-Medical Use of Prescription Pain Relievers Increases"
From NCPIE: "Prescription Pain Medicines: What You Need to Know"
Educational Campaign from SAMHSA: "The Buzz Takes Your Breath Away. Permanently"
From the Food and Drug Administration
From the National Consumers League
From NIDA: Selected Drugs with Abuse Potential New

Older Adults

Senior Care Pharmacists: Helping You Make the Best Use of Your Medicines
The National Institutes of Health "Senior Health" Website
U.S. Administration on Aging
Men: Stay Healthy at 50+
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Women: Stay Healthy at 50+
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
"A Guide to Aging, Medicines, and Alcohol"
Helping Your Independent Older Parents Use Medicines Safely

Women

Women and Medicines: What You Need to Know
From the HHS Office of Women's Health
From the Food and Drug Administration's Office of Women's Health
From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
From the Society for Women's Health Research

Children

From NCPIE: Tips for Wise Use of Over-the-Counter Medicines in Children
CDCís Healthy Youth Website

From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
"The Pocket Guide to Good Health for Children"
"20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors in Children"
"Ways You Can Help Your Family Prevent Medical Errors"

Spanish / Español

From NCPIE
1. Un Mensaje del LŪder de NCPIE
2. Medicine Wallet Card
3. "Sea MediSabio: Utilice los medicamentos de venta libre con prudencia"

Government Resources About Medicine
http://www.healthfinder.gov/espanol/
http://www.ahrq.gov/consumer/espanoix.htm
http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/sds-savv.html
"My Medicines"
National Women's Health Information Center
Administration on Aging
"La Gripe" Resources:
   1. National Immunization Information Hotline, 1-800-232-0233
   2. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/espanol/index.htm
   3. http://www.fda.gov/opacom/lowlit/sshots.html
Las drogas genericas
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
From the Consumer Healthcare Products Association

Low-Literacy Medicine Users

Women and Health Literacy
Report from the Institute of Medicine (April 2004)
Partnership for Clear Health Communication
Health Literacy Toolkits from the American Medical Association Foundation
Health Literacy Month
Report from AARP
Health Literacy Video from ACP Foundation