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Series to address risks of mismanaging meds

Mismanagement of common prescriptions and over the counter medications can lead to dangerous complications, including dizziness, falls and loss of appetite. Accidental poisoning deaths from medications are on the rise and older adults are more vulnerable to addiction and death from pain medications.

The Tucson Jewish Community Center, the Pima Council on Aging and BeMedSmart will host a two-part free lecture series aimed at reducing the mismanagement of medications, Monday, Feb. 27 and Tuesday, March 7, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at the Tucson J.

Sally Krommes, M.S., will lead the talks. Krommes, a prevention planner at PCOA, has a level 4 Arizonans for Prevention credential.

Part 1, “Medications and Your Wellbeing” will focus on opioid painkillers, polypharmacy (the effects of taking multiple medications for concurrent health problems, such as diabetes and hypertension) and how bodies change as we age.

Part 2, “Be a Successful Member of Your Health Care Team” will explore good medication management, daily medication safety and how to become your own best advocate.

For more information, call the J at 299-3000.