Medicine can work medical miracles, but it can also be dangerous when it's not used properly. As part of Medication Safety Week at South Georgia Medical Center in Valdosta, pharmacists are working to help the community understand their medications and learn not to abuse them.
Armed with their prescription medications, dozens of senior citizens sat one-on-one with Chancy Drug pharmacists today to learn about their medications.
"We will review those medications with them, let them know what their medications are for, how they're supposed to be taking it, answering any questions they have about possible side effects about their medications, we're also going to make sure all the medications work together," said Cindy Vickery, SGMC Interim Pharmacy Director.
Each year in the U.S. more than 700,000 people are treated in emergency rooms after misusing their medications.
"I can't stress the importance of knowing what you're taking a medication for. And I cannot stress the fact that medicines are prescribed for a specific person. It's not for your mother or your sister or your brother or your dad - it's for you," said Vickery.
Terry Burton says he wants to understand the multiple medications he takes for high blood pressure. "It's a good evaluation of what I'm taking now, what I need to take in the future, and we all like to get rid of one if we can," said Burton.
SGMC also wants to help make it easier for patients to communicate with their doctors about all the medications they take.
"Medicines are hard to pronounce, sometimes its very difficult and its easy to refer to it as my water pill or my football pill. So we like to teach them how to say the name of the drug so that every body's on the same page," said Vickery.
On Thursday pharmacists will be at the Lake Park YMCA at 11:30 a.m. for another "Know Your Prescriptions" event.
If you have prescriptions you'd like to dispose of, don't flush them down the toilet. There's a drop off location at the Lowndes County Jail.