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AARP New Hampshire, April 20, 2010
Health care reform may never be possible if we don't attack the epidemic of misuse of prescription drugs which often leads to wasteful spending and poor outcomes. According to an Institute of Medicine report, Americans spend more money on treating the complications of medicines than they do for the medicines themselves. These complications injure an estimated 1.5 million people a year in the United States, proving it is more important than ever that we take charge of our health by becoming our own prescription drug managers to help prevent medication errors that contribute to illness and sometimes death.
Using the tools AARP provides, you can effectively manage your medications in addition to helping your family, friends, neighbors and children do the same.
Create the Good with Rx Snapshot
To become a better medication manager, the first step is keeping a personal medication record to take with you when you visit your pharmacists, physicians, and other health care providers. As part of the Create the Good: Rx Snapshot tool kit, you can download a personal medication record to help you track and manage your medications more effectively.
Want to make a difference in your community? In just five minutes, you can help your friends, family, neighbors and children become better medication managers too! Help them download and fill out a personal medication record they can use to have more effective conversations with their pharmacists and physicians. Have more time to commit? Help your greater community by organizing a group medication review session with local pharmacists, using the form available as part of the Create the Good: Rx Snapshot tool kit. Whether you have 5 minutes or 5 hours to spend, you can Create the Good and make your community healthier.
Learn More with the Manage Your Meds Toolkit
AARP New Hampshire wants you to understand the positive impact the wise use of medications can have on you, your family, your friends, and your neighbors. That is why, in addition to Create the Good: Rx Snapshot, we are providing you with a wealth of additional information you can use to not only further your own knowledge, but to educate those around you on the importance of using meds wisely. With over 75% of people age 45 and older taking an average of four prescription drugs a day, it is imperative we understand the importance of effective medication management. Check out Manage Your Meds Toolkit for more information today!
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Want to get more involved with AARP New Hampshire's health-related initiatives or simply learn more about health-related issues on the state and federal level? Sign up for our e-advocacy alert today by e-mailing Deborah Sprague at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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