UNM College of Pharmacy and NM Poison Center Participate in Vial of Life Program During Poison Prevention Week

Tuesday, March 23, UNM College of Pharmacy students passed out prescription medicine bottles filled with papers and a sticker that could save a person's life. The pharmacy students passed out the bottles, also known as the Vial of Life emergency medical information kits, at Wal-Mart on San Mateo and Zuni to bring awareness to National Poison Prevention Week March 21-March 27 and educate the public on poisonings.

The Vial of Life is a national program dedicated to providing medical information for those who are unable to communicate in a medical emergency. The vials contain paperwork for the recipients to list their important medical information including any health conditions, current prescriptions, allergies and emergency contacts. In addition, the bottle contains a Vial of Life window sticker so that paramedics are alerted that the Vial of Life is either in the patient's refrigerator or car glove box.

Sarah Rivera, president of American Pharmaceutical Association, ASP Student Chapter at UNM, said that anyone can benefit from a having a Vial-of-Life, especially senior citizens and people who have a chronic illness or live alone.

UNM College of Pharmacy and the New Mexico Poison Center partnered with Wal-Mart pharmacies where people can pick up the free Vial of Life.

The New Mexico Poison and Drug Information Center is part of the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy and a service of the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. The Center provides statewide 24-hour emergency telephone assistance during possible poisonings. To reach the New Mexico Poison & Drug Information Center, call 1-800-222-1222.

For more information on the UNM College of Pharmacy, please visit http://hsc.unm.edu/pharmacy/

Contact: Angela Heisel, 272-3322

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