Ask the boys to define "drug" - (any substance, liquid, powder, or solid taken by mouth, inhaled, injected, or rubbed into the skin, that affects the way the body or the mind naturally works.)
Define prescription drugs" - (medicines that, legally, can be purchased only on the order of a doctor or a dentist:
- For specific reasons
- For a specific person
- Prepaired by a specially trained person called a pharmacist.)
Have the boys talk about the last time they went to the doctor or dentist and were given medicine. What was the problem? What medicine was given? Did it make them feel better?
Bring in empty, clean bottles that once contained prescription medicines.
Note The label:
Discuss some of the considerations the doctor must make before he can order your medication:
- the name of the person receiving the medicine
- the name of the medicine
- the strength
- Quanity of medicine
- how often given
- by what method
- the name of the doctor
- doctor's phone number
- the date the prescription
- prescription number
- the number of refills if needed
- the pharmacy name, address and phone number
- general health of the person
- severity of the condition
- other medical conditions that may affect the medicines given
- other medicines that may conflict with the medicines just prescribed.
A DRUG MAY AFFECT DIFFERENT PEOPLE IN DIFFERENT WAYSt
Have the boys make reports on the discovery of drugs (medicines that have helped mankind.
- Vaccines to prevent illness
- Antibiotics for bacterial infections
- Atihistamines for Allergies
- Heart medicines for heart attack victems
Stress that medicine may be taken only under the supervision of a parent, physician, nurse (school), or specifically designated adult (scouts).
Have the boys list safety rules to be followed when taking medicine. Put these on a large poster to be displayed at the Pack meeting.
Be sure they include the foUowing rules:
1. Take medicine as directed.
2. Finish the entire prescription.
3. Discard any unused medicines.
4. Never share your medicines with anyone else.
5. Keep medicine in a safe place, out of the reach of children.
6. Keep medicines in their original container.
7. Do not take several medicines at the same time unless the doctor is aware of all of them.
8. Mixing drugs and alcohol can be fataL
9 Never describe medicine as candy.
10. Never give medicines in the dark
11. Never give medicine from an unlabeled container. WHEN IN DOUBT - THROW IT OUT.
NON PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Define the term Non prescription drug' (Medicines that do not require a doctor's order or the assistance of a pharmacist. They can be found an open shelves in a drug store or supermarket.)
Take the bays to the local supermarket and have the boys make a survey of the drugs they find there. Ask them to read the labels and list:
1. The name of the product
2. The condition for which it is to be used.
3. Is it a liquid, tablet, capsule, cream, or spray.
4. Any warnings are cautions listed on the container.
Was there more than one product that could be used for the same condiHave the boys read a story in the newspaper or magazine about a drug related incident. Have them report back to the den and discuss what happened.
Contact Dare, or other drug prevention program to obtain information on the bad effects of Drugs on the body and what drug use does to society. Talk with the boys about the pamphlets that you receive.
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