Pupils taught to be safe around medicine from Aberdeen students

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North-east school pupils have been certified “medicine safety champions” following a recent class.

Students from Robert Gordon University (RGU) have toured the region to teach primary four pupils how to stay safe around medicine.

The initiative, which has been taken to 22 different schools across the region, is also aimed at improving communication skills among pupils.

Alyson Brown, a pharmacy lecturer at RGU, said: “We tried to make it as fun and interactive as possible.

“We used placebo or pretend ‘tablets’ for the pupils to count and label, they measured liquids using different types of apparatus and we had colouring sheets and word search activities all relating to pharmacy.”

The classes were taken by final year students from the university’s School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences.

Lesley-Anne Munro, the head teacher at Hillside School, where the classes were first trialled, said: “It is vital that children learn from a young age how to stay safe around medicine.”

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