Health In Hand Foundation

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Who We Are

Each day, millions of consumers rely on over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, dietary supplements, and consumer medical devices to help maintain their health and treat a wide range of ailments such as cold and flu, fever, headache, cuts and scrapes, and upset stomach.

But did you know:

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  • 80 million people in America have low health literacy and are more likely to misunderstand their medication instructions

  • 35,000 kids go to the emergency room each year because they got into medicine or supplements that were left out and within reach

  • 62 percent of adults have never sought information on how to properly dispose of OTC medicines

The Health in Hand Foundation is CHPA's 501 (c)(3) educational foundation that is dedicated to helping consumers lead happier, healthier lives by providing information and guidance on how to safely use, store, and dispose of OTC medicines, dietary supplements, and consumer medical devices.

Our Impact

The Health in Hand Foundationkeeps a pulse on the evolving consumer healthcare space and provides the education needed to make a meaningful impact on public health and ensure the responsible use of consumer healthcare products.

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  • The Up and Away campaign is a key contributor to a 46% reduction in ER visits in young children due to accidental medicine ingestions since 2011.

  • Retail collaborations with CVS Health, Family Dollar, Walgreens, Walmart, and H-E-B and Harris Teeter have helped us reach more than 150 million consumers with our medicine safety messages.

  • We have distributed more than 3.5 million medicine safety brochures to schools, pharmacies, and physicians’ offices across the country.

  • Our Health in Hand digital ecosystem engages more than 100,000 followers on social media and more than 1.7 million visitors to annually.