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Medicine safety topic of discussion in South Orange

SOUTH ORANGE — Village Apartments of the Jewish Federation in South Orange will host a “Medication Brown Bag” on Feb. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

At the event, sponsored by Essex County’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team, a registered pharmacist will discuss prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and supplements and potentially dangerous drug interactions.

The pharmacist also will identify outdated drugs and properly dispose of any unwanted or expired medications and supplements.

“It is sometimes difficult for seniors to remember everything they are taking, to accurately report that to their physicians, or to understand that their health could be at risk due to combinations of certain prescription drugs and supplements,” said Laurie Loughney, COO of the Jewish Community Housing Corp. of Metropolitan New Jersey, the nonprofit organization that owns and manages Village Apartments of the Jewish Federation. “It is also important to know what is still safe and effective to take in terms of expiration dates.”

The program is free and open to Essex County residents at the apartments at 110 Vose Ave.; advance registration is required. For more information and to make an appointment, call Frances Bucien at 973-530-3504 by Feb. 6.