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MEDIA RELEASE

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Cindy Ficorelli
Phone: (810) 606-6270
Fax: (810) 606-6279
caficorelli@genesys.org

10/13/2011

Know your medications - free event

(GENESEE COUNTY, MI) On Wednesday, Oct. 19, the Greater Flint Health Coalition will host a "Know your Meds" free event, an opportunity for the senior population to learn about the safe use, storage and disposal of their medications.
This free event is offered at three locations:

Genesys Regional Medical Center
One Genesys Parkway
Grand Blanc
9 am to 4 pm

Hasselbring Senior Center
1002 W. Home Avenue
Flint
9 am to 2 pm

Burton Senior Center
3410 S. Grand Traverse St.
Burton
1 pm to 4 pm

Those providing medication education are licensed pharmacists from Genesys Health System and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, along with community volunteers provided through the Greater Flint Health Coalition’s Pharmacy Task Force.

To schedule an appointment for your medication review and education, call the Greater Flint Health Coalition at 810-232-2228. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments will eliminate wait time.

Not taking medications as prescribed, also known as medication nonadherence, increases the risk of negative health outcomes. Medication nonadherence is estimated to cause 125,000 deaths annually and cost the US health care system $100 billion a year.

"Know your Meds" day will allow community residents, especially senior citizens, to receive education on the importance of taking their medication as prescribed, safely using medications, and correctly storing and disposing of medications.

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