Learn About Opioid and Medication Safety; Celebrate Earth Day with the Library
Greene County has one of Missouri’s highest rates of hospital emergency room visits due to opioid misuse and overdose, according to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. The problem spans all age groups, so the library is hosting a series offering practical ways to protect teens, adults and older adults in your home.
The series is presented by students from the UMKC School of Pharmacy at MSU, working with Community Partnership of the Ozarks. Here’s the schedule:
- Medication Safety for Parents -- Tuesday, April 16, 6 p.m., Midtown Carnegie Branch upstairs meeting room. The average age of first use/misuse of prescription drugs for Greene County students is 11.61 years. Parents will learn about medication misuse and abuse among older kids and teens and how to manage your prescription medications safely. Call 865-0135.
- Medication Safety for Older Adults and Caregivers -- Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m., Schweitzer Brentwood Branch community room. Many older adults struggle with medication safety and management. Learn how you or someone you care for can better manage their medicine cabinet. Call 883-1974.
- Medication Safety for Adults -- Tuesday, April 23, 6 p.m., Library Station Santa Fe Room. Prescription medications help us live longer and healthier lives. They can also produce harmful effects when not used properly. Learn about the dangers of misuse and how to safely manage your medications. Call 865-1340.
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We’re gearing up for Earth Day, April 22, with two programs this week.
Registration is underway for adults and teens age 16 and older to attend Earth Day Crafting from 1:30-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at the Willard Branch Library. Decorate a terracotta pot and take home a plant of your own at the end of the program. Materials will be provided; seating is limited. To register call 742-4258.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in the Library Center Story Hour Room, adults can learn how to make their own seed paper from recycled materials, then take it home to plant or write on. Materials will be provided. To register call 883-5341.
More Earth Day events are scheduled Earth Day week; see Bookends, or visit thelibrary.org/programs.
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