June is National Safety Month
June 6, 2016 10:00 am CDT
June is National Safety Month. Injuries are a leading cause of disability for people of all ages — and they are the leading cause of death for Americans ages 1 to 44. The good news is everyone can get involved to help prevent injuries.
During National Safety Month, Medicine Store is working with community members to help reduce the risk of injuries. This June, we encourage you to learn more about important safety issues like prescription painkiller abuse, transportation safety, and slips, trips, and falls.
- Prescription painkiller abuse: Prescription painkiller overdoses are a growing problem in the United States, especially among women. About 18 women die every day from a prescription painkiller overdose — more than 4 times as many as back in 1999.
- Transportation safety: Doing other activities while driving — like texting or eating — distracts you and increases your chance of crashing. Almost 1 in 5 crashes (17%) that injured someone involved distracted driving.
- Slips, trips, and falls: One in 3 older adults falls each year. Many falls lead to broken bones and other health problems.
You can make a difference. Find out ways to help reduce the risk of these safety issues:
It’s National Safety Month! Check out these tips on how to use medicines safely:http://1.usa.gov/1OOeviT
Check the expiration date on your medicines. If they are out-of-date, get rid of them! Learn more: http://1.usa.gov/1lcrk7y
Texting while driving is unsafe, and it might be illegal in your state. Look up your state’s distracted driving laws: http://1.usa.gov/1FSrFVo
Each year, 1 in 3 adults age 65 and older will fall. Take steps to prevent falls:http://1.usa.gov/Xln77u