Target: President Karen M. Ryle, National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
Goal: Demand that pharmacies educate themselves and impart correct information about important contraceptive pills
In a recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, researchers discovered many pharmacies are not giving teens proper information concerning emergency contraceptives. Some said teens needed to be 18 years of age, or be a female, or be accompanied by an adult. Others claimed they did not carry Plan B for moral or ethical reasons. Sign this petition demanding that pharmacies use the correct information so an individual can make an informed decision regarding his or her health.
Researchers called 940 pharmacies across the nation to ask about accessibility to emergency contraceptives for teens. Approximately 20% stated those items were not available to teens at all. However in actuality, the age required for purchasing these contraceptives is 17. Only about 40% of the pharmacies knew this critical piece of information.
It is highly important that teens be able to receive accurate information from their pharmacies. Sexual health is a serious consideration and teens must be given the opportunity to take responsibility for it. Teen pregnancy rates go down when teens have access to contraceptives. That is indeed a good thing–such pregnancies have negative impacts on the economy and on the educational achievement of the mother. Additionally, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention stated that children of teen mothers are more likely to become parents as teens themselves.
Sign this petition to support pharmacies sharing accurate information with their customers regarding emergency contraceptives. It is highly important that citizens are able to make informed decisions regarding their health, and to do so there needs to be an update the information disseminated by pharmacies across the nation.
Dear President Ryle,
I recently read about the article published in the Journal of Adolescent Health concerning pharmacies giving out inaccurate information about emergency contraceptives. It is of the utmost importance that citizens be allowed to make proper, responsible decisions in regards to their health. Please update the pharmacies across the nation, so as to educated them concerning the laws around emergency contraceptives.
In the study, it was found that 20% of nearly 1,000 pharmacies stated they couldn’t even sell contraceptives to teens. Another 40% gave incorrect ages at which contraceptives could be bought. It is very important that teens be given accurate information from their pharmacies in regards to these decisions.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Ceridwen via Wikimedia