Rex the Rx.
Pre-K and Kindergarten
Don’t Keep Rex Around™ Medication Safety Program
Co-created by our president, Dr. Susan Bissett and Joe Murphy, CEO of Murphy Media in 2017, the Don’t Keep Rx Around™ Medication Safety
The program is a curriculum and public health campaign that utilizes evidence-based practices to teach medication safety to pre-k and kindergarten students and their families throughout West Virginia.
The Don’t Keep Rx Around program has been implemented in at least 60 classrooms throughout the state.
About 1200 pre-k and kindergarten students have been educated on the importance of medication safety. With positive feedback from teachers and administrators, we’re confident in the usability of the program and hear that the program has encouraged motivated learning about health and medication safety in students. This summer, Don’t Keep Rx Around will be available to programs and organizations outside of the public school setting to ensure more students are exposed to the importance of medication safety.
With the success of the roll-out of pre-k and kindergarten Don’t Keep Rx Around programming, we are now in the planning and development stages of expanding the program to older age groups. This fall, the Don’t Keep Rx Around Program’s expansion will include a partnership with PBS to release age-appropriate lessons and activities for students up to 8th grade, increasing self-efficacy to make informed choices around medication and other substances.
Designed with West Virginia early learning standards and rooted in evidence-based prevention and public health theory, this important lesson could be potentially lifesaving for our children.