Your relationship with meds

May I preface this message with this: It is not intended to serve as medical advice, but only meant to get individuals thinking about the role medication plays in their lives and how it impacts their children’s views and behaviors.

Do you medicate appropriately and responsibly? Or are you sending your children unintended messages regarding prescription and over-the-county medicines? May we examine your relationship with medication?

In today’s world, no matter what ails us, it’s likely a pill is available. Just because we can pop a pill doesn’t mean we should. As parents, we must be aware of the behavior we are modeling for the children in our lives. Below is a list provided by the Drug Free Action Alliance that displays appropriate and responsible use of medicine; I hope you’ll read it.

I consider other options for relief for minor aches and pains before popping a pill.

I start and/or stop using a prescription drug under the guidance of my physician.

I follow the timetable as prescribed for me.

I do not share my prescription medications, even with loved ones who have similar symptoms.

I disclose all medications I am taking, including vitamins and supplements with my physician.

I don’t mix medications without checking with my doctor or pharmacist.

I heed warnings to not drive or perform particular tasks while taking certain medications.

I don’t mix alcohol with medications.

I know my medications’ potential side effects.

I keep my prescription and over-the-counted drugs locked up.

I discard prescription medication when it’s no longer needed for what it was prescribed.

I properly dispose of all expired, unused and unwanted medications.

The Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties is committed to sharing information and resources for better mental health and the prevention of substance abuse. If you would like more information, please call the Mental Health and Recovery Services Board of Seneca, Sandusky and Wyandot Counties at (419) 448-0640. The board’s office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.

Nancy Cochran, executive director