The opioid epidemic is a public health emergency. Last year, Talk About Your Medicines Month was about Taking Action to Prevent Opioid Misuse and Abuse. As the epidemic persists, so must our efforts to combat it. So, this TAYMM, we are expanding the scope to include preventing Opioid abuse across the ages — from toddlers to seniors.
Together, let’s take action to address the risks, responsibilities, safe use, storage, and disposal of opioids. Read on to learn about:
- The TAYMM webinar on October 3, 2019 at 1:30PM Eastern Time.
- Responsible use including understanding treatment options and non-opioid alternatives for those with pain from an injury, medical condition, or surgery.
- Programs and tools developed with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for tweens, teens, college students and young adults.
- Tips for keeping medicines Up & Away from toddlers and young children.
- Medication safe use tools for older adults and caregivers.
- Resources for community health events.
- A library of educational programs from:
– Allied Against Opioid Abuse (AAOA)
– FDA’s “Remove the Risk“
– CDC’s Protect Initiative
– Partnership for Safe Medicines
– The Acetaminophen Awareness Coalition’s “Know Your Dose“
– Safe-Kids Worldwide and more
- October 2019 — TAYMM Press Release
History of TAYMM
The BeMedWise Annual “Talk About Your Medicines Month” (TAYMM) is an opportunity to spotlight healthcare issues impacting communities far and wide. For the past 34 years, TAYMM has chosen topics ranging from Think Before You Drink to Communication is Key to stimulate conversations between patients and their healthcare providers. The goal of TAYMM is simply better health outcomes through education.
“Talk About Your Medicines” Month Archive
- 2018: Taking Action to Prevent Opioid Misuse and Abuse
- 2017: Think Before You Drink—sometimes, alcohol and medicines don’t mix
- 2016: Polypharmacy—America’s other drug problem
- 2015: Safe use. Safe storage. Safe disposal
- 2014: Talk About Your Medicines—Let’s Get In Sync
- 2013: Be Medicine Smart
- 2012: Voices Together
- 2011: Collaboration is the key for medicine safety
- 2010: Promoting Safe Use / Preventing Abuse
- 2009: Communication is key!
- 2008: Are You Medicine Smart™
- 2007: Talk About Prescriptions—It’s A MUST
- 2006: Preventing Medication Errors: What YOU Need to Know / What YOU Need to Do
- 2005: The 3Rs for Safe Medicine Use
- 2003: Educate Before You Medicate: A Prescription for Patient Safety
- 2002: Educate Before You Medicate: Know Your Medicines
- 2001: Educate Before You Medicate: Your Prescription for Good Health