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Since 1982, the National Council on Patient Information and Education (NCPIE) has been working to "Educate Before You Medicate". Over 3.5 billion prescriptions are dispensed yearly, yet easy to understand information about prescription drugs is hard to find. The NCPIE website provides information for consumers, special populations of consumers, and those health care workers who work with patients directly. The "Educational Resources" link has both free and pay publications. The free pamphlets, such as "Priorities & Approaches for Improving Prescription Medicine Use by Older Adults" and "Children and America's Other Drug Problem: Guidelines for Improving Prescription Medicine Use Among Children and Teenagers" can be downloaded, and even previewed before downloading. The pay pamphlets have to be ordered, and some of them are in both English and Spanish. The "For Medicine Users" section is dedicated to the issues that represent a majority of inquiries to NCPIE. This section includes links to resources on talking about prescriptions, information about specific medicines, use of non-prescription medicines, and much more.
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