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Medication Tracking

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Did you know that over 30 million Americans take five or more prescription medications? Do you know the names of your meds? If you couldn’t speak for yourself, could someone tell an EMT or medical professional what you need? Knowing this information could mean the difference in how emergency personnel proceed and how quickly care is administered.

Dr. Rob Valuck 

Listen to Dr. Robert Valuck on KEZW discuss prescription drug abuse and misuse and the importance of proper disposal


Dr. Sunny Linnebur 

Listen to Dr. Sunny Linnebur on KEZW discuss the importance of tracking medications

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Med tracking and why it's important

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Download the medication tracking card (PDF)

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Drug disposal program

Twice yearly the DEA and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy hosts the Drug Take Back Day where students, faculty and campus police collect unused and expired medications for disposal. The event is part of a nationwide take back program hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Just drive up Aurora Court (the street between Children’s and UCH hospitals – off of Colfax) and drop off your expired or unused meds to campus police. Faculty and students will be available to counsel participants on medications, supplements or vitamins they are using and educate them on how to track their medications. 

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Storing medicine safely

If you’re keeping your prescription and OTC medications, supplements and vitamins in your medicine cabinet …don’t. If there’s one place you shouldn't store your medication, it's the exact place where you probably are – the medicine cabinet in your bathroom.

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Dr. Joseph VandeGriend 

Listen to Dr. Joseph Vande Griend's radio interview on KEZW discussing why taking too many vitamins may be bad for you.