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Just what the doctor prescribed: A lesson in Rx dangers for middle schoolers

From prescription drug abuse to “skittles parties” and medication missteps, the growing need for education about proper prescription drug use is here to stay.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs trail only marijuana and alcohol as the most frequently abused substances by people 14 and older. Teens and pre-teens nationwide are seeing more pills pop up, too, as the number of medications prescribed increases.

As the opportunities to misuse medicine grow, an education in the dangers of taking too many pills, not the right kind of pills, someone else’s pills, and counterfeit medication found online has become an important part of growing up healthy.

Programs like the University of Minnesota’s branch of AWARxE are providing just that kind of information to Minnesota’s preteens.

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Medical mission to Haiti: An eventful day at the clinic!

During the University of Minnesota’s spring break, March 15-23, a group of U of M pharmacy and nursing students will spend time in Haiti on a medical mission trip. Follow their experiences here on Health Talk all week, or check in on their progress at www.reachh.org where posts originally appear.

It was quite an eventful day at our clinic today!

We came a little later than yesterday due to a quick stop at the local pharmacy to pick up two medications. When we arrived, we had around 100 patients lined up at the door waiting for us!

We did the best we could to try and get as many patients in as possible but, sadly, we still had to turn away 50 patients and ask them to return tomorrow.

Here are the official statistics for the third day of clinic: We saw 112 patients, did one blood sugar test, administered two vaccines, treated three wounds, administered three prescription immunizations, discovered two positive cases of malaria, and filled 355 prescriptions!

Tomorrow is the last day of our clinic. Wish us all the best in having enough energy to help as many patients as we can!

Members of our REACHH healthcare team include: Ben, Cheryl, Stacy, Vanessa, Brenda, Camille, Kim, Phat, Kelly, Emily, Aaron, Jill, Rich and Christopher.

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Medical mission to Haiti: We’re here! (and they were waiting for us)

During the University of Minnesota’s spring break, March 15-23, a group of U of M pharmacy and nursing students will spend time in Haiti on a medical mission trip. Follow their experiences here on Health Talk all week, or check in on their progress at www.reachh.org where posts originally appear.

On the first day of clinic of 2013 and we were able to see 56 patients. There were a few wrinkles along the way…

Our three nursing students from Denver turned into eight (with five Iowans here for a malaria study) and we set up in a different area of the school than we had in our previous 2012 trip. We carried far more medications to the clinic and we had five new members of the team. But the important things stayed the same.

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Medical mission: REACHHaiti

During the University of Minnesota’s spring break, March 15-23, a group of U of M pharmacy and nursing students will spend time in Haiti on a medical mission trip. Follow their experiences here on Health Talk all week, or check in on their progress at www.reachh.org where posts originally appear.

We are excited to continue in REACHHaiti’s mission to provide sustainable health care in Haiti by educating the community, improving hygiene, providing immunizations, and working towards building a permanent clinic in Chabin, Haiti.

With lots of planning and coordination, REACHHaiti was able to send its first group of students (pharmacy and nursing students) and pharmacists to Haiti during spring break of 2012. They were able to set up a temporary clinic in a school house for the week, and served patients with a wide range of medical needs.

This spring break, we will get a chance to revisit the rural town of Chabin, Haiti, and serve the local people with our team of pharmacy students, nurses, pharmacist, and physicians.

There is still a lot of planning to get done, however, it will be well worth the effort. We cannot wait to share our experiences with you guys.

Please check back soon to see updates from us in Haiti!!

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Phillips Neighborhood Clinic experience: Making a difference

Health Talk is highlighting University of Minnesota health professional students’ stories about their experiences at the U of M’s student-run Phillips Neighborhood Clinic.

Medical School student Chris Ryer highlights his experiences at the clinic in this final post in the series.

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Phillips Neighborhood Clinic experience: Relevancy in healthcare

Health Talk is highlighting University of Minnesota health professional students’ stories about their experiences at the U of M’s student-run Phillips Neighborhood Clinic.

School of Nursing student, Maggie Kriz, highlights her experiences at the clinic in this second post in the series.

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