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Lesson 8: Using Medicines in Safe Ways


Students identify symptoms or signals the body sends when a person is sick. They define medicine and learn the difference between prescription and over-the-counter medicines. They complete a chart as they discuss how to use medicines in ways that help, and ways to use medicines that can hurt or be dangerous because the medicine is being used in wrong or unsafe ways. They discuss the benefits medicines offer when used correctly and identify risks of using medicines improperly. They complete an activity sheet to review what they have learned and take home a family sheet to help them discuss family rules for using medicines safely.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to:

  1. Describe symptoms that occur when a person is sick.
  2. Explain how to use medicines correctly.
  3. Explain the benefits of medicines when used correctly.
  4. Describe potential risks associated with inappropriate use of medicines.

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 1.5.1: Describe the relationship between healthy behaviors and personal health.
  • Performance Indicator 1.5.5: Describe when it is important to seek health care.
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