Called ‘Know Your Meds’
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Dec. 5, 2016) — The Kentucky Medical Association (KMA), a statewide professional organization for physicians, today launched its “Know Your Meds” campaign to encourage physicians and patients to work together to prevent prescription drug abuse through knowledge and education.
Kentucky has the third highest in the mortality rate for drug overdoses in the U.S., accounting for more than 1,000 deaths each year. The Know Your Meds campaign encourages patients to look to their physicians for education about how best to safely use, store and dispose of their medicines. It also encourages to take an active role in educating their patients about the importance of adhering to prescription schedules and how to safely dispose of unused medicines.
“Prescription medicines save lives. But if used improperly, they can also be dangerous—especially if they get into the wrong hands,” said Nancy Swikert, M.D., president of the Kentucky Medical Association. “A simple conversation with your physician can go a long way in equipping you with the knowledge you need to use, store and dispose of your medicines in the safest way possible.”
The Kentucky Medical Association launched this campaign through funding from the Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC), the charitable arm of the KMA committed to improving lives of Kentuckians through public health initiatives and medical education.