The Alliance for Aging Research has developed the following information on safe medicine use, storage, and unwanted medications disposal.  These videos and other safety information is available on their website at

OTC Pain Medication: What You Need to Know

Tens of millions of Americans reach for over-the-counter (OTC) medications for relief of minor aches and pains. But just because they’re OTC doesn’t mean they’re harmless. And with more than 1,000 acetaminophen and NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) containing medications, choosing the right medication can seem overwhelming. This short film will guide viewers in choosing the medication that’s right for them or their loved one, and give tips on taking them safely.


Safely Taking and Storing OTC Pain Medication

After choosing an over-the-counter (OTC) pain medication, it’s important to take it and store it safely. This film gives tips on where to store meds, how to keep them Up and Away and Out of Sight of young children, how to prevent misuse, and what to do when they’re no longer needed.


Additional Resources

Additional resources on safely choosing, taking, storing, and disposing of medications—including a quiz, useful links and other helpful short videos — are available at

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Save The Date — Roundtable: Patient Access to Over-the-Counter Pain Relief

Thursday, June 23, 2016

2203 Rayburn House Office Building

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch will be provided

Hosted by the Protecting Access to Pain Relief Coalition

“Our mission is to advocate for public policy to support access to and choice of appropriate over-the-counter (OTC) pain relief while educating the public about
the responsible and safe use of acetaminophen. We work collaboratively with the FDA, legislators, healthcare providers, consumer and patient organizations to ensure Americans have access to safe and trusted pain relief.”

Moderator: Paul Conway, President of the American Association of Kidney Patients

RSVP to by Monday, June 20th

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Incidence of Pain, as Compared to Major Conditions

Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined.

Condition Number of Sufferers
Chronic Pain 100 million Americans1
Diabetes 25.8 million Americans
(diagnosed and estimated undiagnosed)2
Coronary Heart Disease 16.3 million Americans3
Stroke 7.0 million Americans3
Cancer 11.9 million Americans4
1Institute of Medicine of The National Academies
2American Diabetes Association
3American Heart Association
4American Cancer Society