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O = Overdose. Illiterate people are 18 times more likely to be unable to identify their prescription. Explore the Alphabet of Illiteracy

...is for Overdose

Reading prevents drug dependency and overdoses. If you can't read a medicine bottle, how do you know how much to take, or when? Illiterate people are 18 times more likely to be unable to identify their prescription, leading to relapses, drug dependency or overdoses. Words help medicine work.

US Census Bureau (2007)

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Making sure patients take the right drugs on time is crucial to successful treatments. The problems this raises in illiterate communities are obvious. Several pilot programs have started making medical information available as visual cues with great success. If we were able to raise literacy levels in these same communities, all future medical treatments would have a much better chance of succeeding.

Making sure patients take the right drugs on time is crucial to successful treatments. The problems this raises in illiterate communities are obvious. Several pilot programs have started making medical information available as visual cues with great success. If we were able to raise literacy levels in these same communities, all future medical treatments would have a much better chance of succeeding.

Being able to read and write helps so many issues beyond simply raising literacy. It's can help fight overdoses, drug dependencies and relapses.

​Literacy is directly related to health because it enables people to understand and act on information about their own health, treating ailments effectively and preventing disease.

In the UK it was found that patients were 18 times more likely to take their prescriptions if they could read and write.

While in Pakistan doctors in illiterate communities found patients were much more likely to come back with drug dependencies, or relapses from failing to take their medicines properly once leaving the hospital.

The fallout from drug overdoses are felt all over the world, but there are also many charities and organizations using literacy to fight against it.

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If we were able to raise literacy levels all future medical treatments would have a much better chance of success.
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    Inadequate literacy leaves people 18x more likely to be unable to identify their drugs.

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