TROY — The Troy Lions Club and the city of Troy have teamed up to promote Medication Safety Awareness for the Blind.
This campaign is an initiative to keep people safe by promoting accessible prescription labels for folks who are blind, visually impaired and print impaired.
Troy Mayor Michael Beamish signed a proclamation indicating “October 10, 2018 as Medication Safety Awareness for the Blind Day in Troy, Ohio and I encourage all Troy citizens to support the efforts of the Lions club in promoting medical safety awareness for the blind.”
The Lions are well known for their community service to the blind and visually-impaired. They are currently participating in activities to help spread the word about large print, Braille, and talking prescription label options for people who cannot read their medication labels.
Nationwide, nearly 21 million Americans, many 65 years or older, have low vision or are blind. For these individuals, inability to clearly read a prescription label can result in unnecessary injury or death. Accessible prescription labels can help solve this dangerous dilemma. These labels have become widely available at pharmacies across the US and Canada, but many people are still unaware of these life-saving options. Anyone who has difficulty reading the printed information on a prescription label can request large print or talking labels, depending on the needs of the patient. You do not have to be diagnosed with any specific condition to qualify for this free service.
Troy Lion Bob Medley, who sits on the Lions State Committee for “Sight and Hearing” is spearheading this campaign.
“A popular option is the talking label. A small electronic tag is attached to the container. This tag contains the same data found on the printed label,” Medley said. “A prescription reader then reads the label information out loud. A surprising feature is that these labels and readers are provided at no charge.”
Troy Lion President, and local pharmacist Steve Kaplan said, “When Bob brought this campaign to our club’s attention, we were immediately all-in. I know that many pharmacies are unaware of programs like this, and their company’s policies to provide these services at no charge. We as a Lions Club can act as a patient advocate in getting their pharmacy to participate.”
Anyone needing assistance can contact the Troy Lions Club by calling 335-7345 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We are certainly grateful to Mayor Beamish for helping us spread the word of this awareness campaign,” Medley said. “He has always been a great supporter of our club and excellent at looking out for the benefit of all Troy residents.”
Beamish presented the Lions with the official signed proclamation at a signing ceremony at his office.
The Troy Lions Club is a non-profit community service organization serving Troy, Covington, Piqua, Pleasant Hill, Tipp City, and surrounding areas of Miami County since 1942. Their primary mission is vision health, providing eye exams, eyeglasses, pre-school vision screenings, and recycling used eyeglasses. They also support a hearing aid recycling program, youth projects, and other community programs. For more information see the Lions website at www.e-clubhouse.org/sites/Troy_OH or Facebook page or call (937) 335-7345.