MIND YOUR MEDS
Drug Safety and Abuse Prevention From Pediatrics to Geriatrics
HOW IT BEGAN
The daughter of a registered nurse and a Doctor of Pharmacy Student at Virginia Commonwealth University, Camille recognized the ongoing unmet need for education and awareness of medication safety ranging from over the counter medications to prescription drugs, especially opioids in both pediatric and geriatric populations.
After completing a Naloxone (aka Narcan) training session with the Virginia Department of Health and learning how prescription and illicit opioid drugs are plaguing our communities, Camille knew she wanted to use her platform to raise mindfulness and to combat this epidemic, and Mind Your Meds was born.
COMBATING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC
Today in the United States, over 2 million people are addicted to prescription and non-prescription opioids*. According to the CDC an estimated 81,000 people died from a drug overdose between June 2019 and May 2020, the highest number ever recorded in a 12-month period...meaning that now, more than 200 Americans are dying every single day from an opioid overdose**.
Addiction is a disease. Nearly 80% of opioid addiction in the United States began from misuse of prescribed opioids. Regardless of how this disease begins, it can strike anyone and is not a moral failing. There are steps we can take to help save the lives of those afflicted and lead them back to health.
CAMILLE IS PASSIONATE ABOUT THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS AND PRODUCTS BECAUSE OF THEIR POTENTIAL TO ADVANCE MEDICATION SAFETY AND PREVENT MISUSE
TUNNEL OF HOPE
In 1999, after losing his son in a drug-related shooting in New Orleans and lacking answers from police, a small town pharmacist – Dan Schneider – beats the odds when he embarks on a dogged pursuit to find and bring his son’s killer to justice. But months later, the ripple effects of his son’s addiction and tragic death would find him again when a troubling number of young, seemingly healthy people begin visiting Dan’s pharmacy with high dose prescriptions for OxyContin. Sensing a crisis long before the opioid epidemic had gained nationwide attention, Dan stakes a mission: Save the lives of other sons and daughters within his community. Then take the fight to Big Pharma itself.
Safe Rx produces patented locking prescription vials (LPVs™) that keep medicine from falling into the wrong hands. Developed by medical experts and endorsed by industry leaders, Safe Rx® LPVs™ provide a simple, secure storage solution to protect individuals, families and communities from improper access to medication. Safe Rx® LPVs™ utilize four-digit locks with over 10,000 possible combinations. Unlike existing medicine bottles1 , LPVs™ have a 100 percent child safety certification success rate for children under five years of age. The tamper-evident and pilfer resistant LPVs™ are designed for use in dispensing and are engineered for extremely low incremental fill time and easy workflow adaptation.
Camille serves as an advisory board member for SafeRx.
KNOW YOUR MEDS APP
Keep track of your medications and chronic conditions and never miss a dose, a lab test, or a doctor’s appointment with the KnowYourMeds App. An easy-to-use app that tracks your health, guides you in managing your chronic conditions, reminds you to take your medication on time; keeps you aware of their possible side-effects/counter interactions of your medicines and educates about the latest information in medicine and health care.
With an exhaustive database of medicines, latest research on current trends in health care, 116 workflows for chronic conditions, and curated information on the side effects & drug interactions, KnowYourMeds is an all-in-one digital assistant for your health.