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Generation Rx-a free and educational initiative to promote safe medication practices in an effort to prevent the misuse of prescription drugs, is being offered to any group in Benton County that is interested in participating.

The educational program includes a short presentation on safe medication practices followed by an interactive trivia game, all in an effort to prevent prescription drug misuse.

Why is it important to promote safe medication practices in our community? It's true that prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, but any medication has the potential to do harm-especially when misused. In fact, the misuse of prescription medications has become a serious public health epidemic. Millions of Americans misuse prescription medications each month, and thousands do so for the first time every day. This misuse leads to serious legal, social, and health consequences, with drug overdoses now representing the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. The good news is that we can prevent prescription drug misuse by promoting safe medication practices in our homes and in communities-and that is the exact purpose of this educational program.

This program is funded through a grant from the Iowa Department of Public Health, and available to any Benton County group at no-cost.

If you are interested in your group participating, contact Angela Harbour at 390-4611 ext 191 or email her at: aharbour@asac.us

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