Poison Control and Medicine Safety Education for Middle School Students
Presenter: Krista Osterthaler
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Drug poisoning is the #1 cause of injury death in the country. With the current national opioid crisis and 10,000 pediatric ER visits for medicine mishaps occurring in the U.S. each year, there is an evident need to instill a healthy respect for medicine safety among grade school students. Over-the-Counter Medicine Safety is a free, evidence-based and common core aligned curriculum developed by Scholastic and the American Association of Poison Control Centers (a.k.a. "poison control") that has been shown to effectively teach medicine safety principles to 5th and 6th graders. During this webinar the presenter will give an overview of the program, as well as the U.S. poison control system, the types of exposures that occur in U.S. schools, and how school personnel can access poison control 24/7/365, privately, and at no cost to callers or schools.
Krista Osterthaler, MPH is the Vice President for National Outreach, Communications, and Membership at the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), a nonprofit, national organization that represents the nation's 55 poison control centers and the interests of poisoning prevention, surveillance, and treatment. Krista began her career as a high school science teacher and joined poison control as a poisoning prevention educator in 2011. She has served as Chair of the National Poisoning Prevention Council and informal poison control awareness consultant for Safe Kids Worldwide. Krista is currently a spokesperson for the Over-the-Counter Medicine Safety curriculum, a free, evidence-based classroom and community program to teach adolescents medicine safety skills.