Medication Misuse in Children and Adolescents- Pharmacist

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The misuse of prescription and OTC medications in children and teens is a critical area in which community healthcare providers, and pharmacists in particular, can have a great impact. Medications can be misused unintentionally (or even maliciously) by parents and other caregivers, or abused by children and teens themselves. This issue provides a clear overview of the common causes of medication misuse and the potentially harmful consequences. The ways in which a child’s changing physiology and anatomy can dramatically affect the distribution and clearance of medications, and thus impact dosing, is described. The most common dosing errors parents make, the OTC medications that are potentially dangerous for children, and the medications most likely to be abused by teens are discussed in detail. Medications that are intentionally used to sedate or calm children are also reviewed. Whether misuse is unintentional, intentional, or malicious, the key educational strategies detailed in this issue will enable healthcare providers to improve the safety of medication use in children and teens.

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Course Information

Target Audience

Pharm/Nurse Drug Therapy

Knowledge Level

General Overview

This activity will apply to a broad range of learning needs/pharmacy settings. It may include common disease state/therapy overivews and/or general pharmacy needs such as medication errors, immunizations, or law topics.

Learning Objectives

Course Accreditation

  • Activity Type:
    Knowledge
  • CE Broker
  • Universal Activity Number:
    Pharmacist : 0428-0000-10-011-H05-P
PharmCon is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.

PharmCon, Inc. is an approved course provider for continuing education for nurses by the Florida Board of Nursing. PharmCon is also recognized by the California Board of Nursing as a provider of nursing programs.

In order to obtain a Statement of Credit, attendees must answer poll questions where presented and complete a program evaluation. Attendees may immediately print their Statement of Credit or leave them stored on the website.

Technology Requirements

  • Hardware Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Software Requirements
    Standard Windows/Mac System
    iPad or iPhone
    Minimum screen resolution: 1024x768
    Speakers or headphones
  • Network Requirements
    Broadband Internet Connection:
    T1, Hi-speed DSL or Cable
    4G cellular connection
Computer sharing is NOT permitted due to accreditation guidelines on activity monitoring. Credit is earned by one user per device.