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Seven months after her father passed away from a heart attack, Mickie went to a 9Health Fair. Her blood screening results indicated that her cholesterol levels were high. She went to her doctor who referred her to a cardiologist. An angiogram showed a partial blockage in her artery. Since then, she has made important changes in her life – she is on medication, receives regular checkups and goes to 9Health Fair every year - except last year to attend her son’s wedding! She believes 9Health Fair helped save her life and prevented her from suffering a heart attack like her father.

Mickie O.
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As a native to Colorado, Esther served as site coordinator for the Department of Human Services Food Stamp Office 9Health Fair for three years. During those three years, she also participated in the 9Health Fair screenings and learned she had high cholesterol and high triglycerides. Since then, she has worked with her primary care provider to manage these concerns. Esther now sits on the 9Health Fair Community Involvement Committee (CIC). Esther says her favorite thing about 9Health Fair is that it is for everybody, whether you have insurance or not.

Esther Lewis, Denver CO
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9Health Topic

August 2015

Medication Safety: Practice Makes Perfect


Did you know that more people accidentally die from prescription drugs each year than car crashes and illegal drugs combined? According to the JP Prescription Drug Awareness Foundation, someone dies every 15 minutes of an accidental prescription drug overdose in the U.S. In 2013, 50 Coloradans died each month from unintentional drug poisonings.

How safe are your prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications? It's amazing how many people are unaware of how to properly take, store and dispose of medications.

This is why it is important to take medications by reading directions thoroughly and check the drug facts to make sure you understand what you are taking. It is also imperative that the youth are educated on the dangers of prescription and OTC meds when taken improperly. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, they are the most commonly abused substance among American teens 14 and older, after the use of marijuana and alcohol. 

There are many myths about medications and it is important to know the reality behind them. TakeMedsSeriously.org helps you separate fact from fiction when it comes to the most common myths.  

And check out these sources for information on how to keep you and your family knowledgeable and out of danger.


Talk to your doctor and pharmacist about your specific medications to learn about side-effects, things to watch out for and any other information they can give you before you begin taking the prescription or the OTC medication. You can also take a look at the National Institute of Health's list of drugs to learn about your medication. The information includes side-effects, dosage, special precautions and more. 

Tell us about a medication safety plan you have in place. Share with us on Facebook.

Our fall fairs are just around the corner and this is a great time to find out what your numbers are and to learn about your overall health. Keep checking our Find a Fair page for a list of dates and locations.

Volunteer! It's a great way to give back to the community and to help others own their health. By being a volunteer, studies consistently show you will be healthier and happier.

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