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Lesson 6: Using Medicines Safely


Students define medicine and discuss different places medicines can come from. They learn the difference between prescription and over-the-counter medicines and identify risks of using medicines improperly. They work as a class to generate rules for using medicines safely and record the rules on an activity sheet to share with their families.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Explain the harmful effects of medicines when used incorrectly.
  2. Describe the potential risks associated with use of over-the-counter medicines.
  3. Describe how to use medicines correctly.

SEL Connection

  • self-management
  • responsible decision making

Time: 45 minutes

Healthy Behavior Outcomes

  • AOD-1: Use prescription and over-the-counter medications correctly.
  • AOD-2: Avoid misuse and abuse of over-the-counter and prescription drugs.
  • PHW-10: Use health care services to address common infectious diseases and manage chronic diseases and conditions.

National Health Education Standards

  • Standard 1: Comprehending Concepts
  • Performance Indicator 1.2.1: Identify that healthy behaviors impact personal health.
  • Performance Indicator 1.2.5: Describe why it is important to seek health care.
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