NCPIE debuts acetaminophen safe use campaign

Customized modules target teen influencers, college students, older adults, and caregivers.

The National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) has launched three customized online educational modules promoting the safe use of acetaminophen products. Acetaminophen is the most common drug ingredient in America and is safe and effective when used as directed. Overdoses can potentially lead to liver damage, however.

The three NCPIE modules integrate tailored messaging, free downloads, and links to external resources on safe acetaminophen use. The modules can be used for individual or community education. NCPIE developed the programs with support from McNeil Consumer Healthcare.

“These new modules about safe use of acetaminophen are tailored for various medicine users across the age spectrum,” said NCPIE Chair N. Lee Rucker, MSPH, in a news release. “As we age, our learning preferences and lifestyles change; so, too, does technology. NCPIE has interwoven all of these elements into these new communication platforms to promote safe, appropriate medicine use.”

The Acetaminophen Safe Use for Teen Influencers module is aimed at providing parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, community- and school-based health care providers, and others who influence teenagers with basic tools and information about safe use. The module can be used as a stand-alone program or can be combined with NCPIE’s Maximizing Your Role as a Teen Influencer: What You Can Do to Help Prevent Teen Prescription Drug Abuse.

The Acetaminophen Safe Use College Resource Guide is intended for campus leaders, such as residence assistants; peer health educators; campus leaders in student government, Greek life, or campus clubs; and captains or coaches of athletic teams, among others. The module can be combined with NCPIE’s Taking Action to Prevent & Address Prescription Drug Abuse: A Resource Kit for America’s College Campuses.

The third module, Acetaminophen Safe Use for Seniors, targets older adults, caregivers, and health professionals to encourage self-education and community outreach in senior centers, places of worship, libraries, pharmacies, or doctors’ offices. The module can be used in combination with NCPIE’s Medication Use Safety Training (MUST) for Seniors.

“Unfortunately, it’s easy to overlook common medicine precautions,” Rucker noted. “With many people using more prescription medicines than ever before, as well as our abundance of choices for self-treatment, everyone needs to make a conscious effort to read the labels and ask questions of pharmacists, doctors, nurses, and other prescribers.”