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Medicines and Me

The Medicines and Me lessons have been designed to incorporate over-the-counter (OTC) medicine safety education into life science, biology, health, or family and consumer science classrooms.  Hands-on lesson components are easy to prepare and can be done with inexpensive supplies.  

Resources for each Medicines and Me lesson include:

  • A teacher guide with an answer key and information on how to prepare for the lesson  
  • Student handouts
  • Optional lesson extensions

Lessons

A Family Medicine Cabinet    

Students use information from a brief reading to classify labels and compare over-the-counter drugs with prescription drugs and dietary supplements.  They learn that scientific testing is an important part of determining that drugs are safe and effective.  

A Family Medicine Cabinet Teacher Guide
A Family Medicine Cabinet Student Guide

Choosing and Using Medicines Safely    

Students analyze mini-cases and Drug Facts labels to determine which over-the-counter medicines patients should use and how to use them safely.  

Choosing and Using Medicines Safely Teacher Guide
Choosing and Using Medicines Safely Student Guide

How Much and How Often    

Students test different dosing devices to determine which is most accurate for measuring liquid medicine.  They also use a model to illustrate the effects of taking medicine more frequently than recommended.  

How Much and How Often Teacher Guide
How Much and How Often Student Guide

A Case of Unintentional Overdose    

Students conduct simulated laboratory tests to determine that a young patient’s symptoms are due to liver damage.  They analyze the medicines the patient took to calculate how much acetaminophen he has ingested.  They learn about the role of the liver in maintaining homeostasis.  

A Case of Unintentional Overdose Teacher Guide
A Case of Unintentional Overdose Student Guide

Cold, Flu, or Allergy?     

Students conduct simulated flu tests to determine whether patients have the flu or not.  Product labels are used to select the medicines appropriate for patients with the flu, the common cold, or allergies. 

Cold, Flu, or Allergy? Teacher Guide
Cold, Flu, or Allergy? Student Guide

Developing a New Flu Prevention Drug    

Students explore the processes involved in developing and testing a new flu prevention drug.  They conduct and analyze the results from simulated Phase 1 and Phase 2 clinical trials.  They learn how Phase 3 clinical trials provide additional information needed to ensure that a new drug is safe and effective.

Developing a New Flu Prevention Drug Teacher Guide
Developing a New Flu Prevention Drug Student Guide

 

Extension Activities

The Medicines and Me extension activities have been created to help students develop additional literacy skills that are important for medicine use.  

Extension Activities OVERVIEW

Activity 1:  Medicine Advertising

This activity is designed to help students develop media literacy skills by comparing prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medication advertisements.

Medicine Advertising Student Guide

Activity 2:  Using the Internet for Health Information

Are teens able to easily find health information online?  Can they determine which web sites are credible?  Can they understand the information they find?  This activity is designed to build students’ eHealth literacy skills.

Using the Internet for Health Information Student Guide

Activity 3:  Public Service Announcements

This activity is designed to help students develop media literacy skills as they create a public service announcement (PSA) to promote the safe use of acetaminophen. 

Public Service Announcements Student Guide

Activity 4:  How to Provide Easy to Understand Information

This activity is designed to help students develop health literacy and functional literacy skills. They evaluate an existing brochure on acetaminophen safety, and they design a new brochure that improves on the example provided.

How to Provide Easy to Understand Information Student Guide

Activity 5:  Communicating with Health Care Providers

This activity is designed to help students develop health literacy and communicative literacy skills. They learn about strategies and tips for ensuring they are able to talk with their health providers in an effective way.  They then create skits to demonstrate both successful and unsuccessful communication strategies.

Communicating with Health Care Providers Student Guide

Activity 6:  Clinical Trials from a Patient’s Perspective

This activity is designed to help students develop research literacy skills as they create a research study child assent form for a clinical trial.

Clinical Trials from a Patient’s Perspective Student Guide