APhA LLUSP chapter teaches children medicine safety.
By Michiko Okawara and Stephen Vodhanel, PhD
On May 7th, the Youth Rx Abuse Program, partnering with the APhA LLUSP chapter, participated in "Children's Day," an event coordinated by Loma Linda University Children's Hospital. More than 300 children visited the LLUSP information booth during the day.
One way to teach children is through games, and three types of games were prepared ahead of time. "Good Choices or Bad Choices," "Is this Candy or Medicine?" and "Trivia," were learning games designed by pharmacy students to attract children using 3-D elements, such as adding small doors that children could open and touch. The games were very popular with the children and elicited a lot of interaction and participation.
In the "Is this Candy or Medicine?" game, Fiber Choice, which looked like candy, was among the selections. Expecting that many children would get tricked into thinking that the medicine was candy, it was very unexpected to see so many adults make the same mistake. When the adults found out what it was, they looked surprised, but no one laughed.
"Having the opportunity to teach children was precious and we were glad that we prepared these games. At the end, the children got their Medication Safety Patrol badges and Poison Control stickers, and they promised that they will take their medications in a safe way. It made us happy to know that the children, who we named "Medication Safety Patrol Officers," will walk away knowing how to take their medication correctly as well as be able to help their friends with this important information," said Michiko Okawara, LLUSP class of 2015.
Photo: Left to right LLUSP students Amy Kang, Michiko Okawara, and Nancy Santiago at the Children's Day event.