The Centers for Disease Control reports that in 2013, more than 12,000 Baby Boomers died of accidental drug overdoses – more than the number who died in car accidents or from influenza and pneumonia. Also reported is that 59% of accidental deaths of older adults occur from non-narcotic drugs.

You can support our prevention efforts in a number of ways:

  • Attend our meetings
  • Distribute educational materials to your family, friends, social club, or professional staff
  • Identify presentation opportunities with older adults, staff or caregivers
  • Promote BeMedSmart in social media opportunities within professional organizations
  • Engage in planning, data collection and networking

Our coalition can offer benefits for your organization, agency or health care service

  • Resources for you and your clients/consumers/members
  • Presentations for your staff/volunteers/members
  • Representation on prevention issues at the local and state level
  • Regular news and updates about state, regional and national efforts
  • Connections to amazing people!
  • Recognition on the BeMedSmart website
Back Row Left to Right: Marco Martinez – PCOA, Sam Kirschbaum – HOPE Inc., Lt. Chris Wildblood – CNA/TPD, Don Seymour- AARP, Karen Ring- PCOA, Laura Morehouse – UA Arizona Poison & Drug Information Center, Julie Mack – Arizona Complete Health, Raul Munoz – Pima County Health Department. Front Row Left to Right: Gertha Sicobo – PCOA, Sandra Pappas – Aria Hospice Comfort Care, Kathy Seymour – AARP, Jacquie Villa-Baze – La Frontera Inc.

BeMedSmart Coalition meetings
Once a month on the 4th Wednesday, except for November and December which occur on the 3rd Wednesday to avoid conflicting with the holidays.
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Important meeting location update: Due to COVID-19 Stay – at- Home Order and to prevent the spread of infection we are conducting our meetings virtually via ZOOM.  If you would like to attend, please email gsicobo(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)pcoa.org or call 520-305-3425 for a Zoom link to the virtual meeting.

2020 Meeting Schedule – no RSVP required, please join us for any meetings.

January 29 , 2020
February 26, 2020
March 25, 2020
April 22 , 2020
May 27, 2020
June 24, 2020
July 22, 2020
August 26, 2020
September 23, 2020
October 28, 2020
November 18,2020
December 16, 2020

For more information on the BeMedSmart Coalition or the PCOA initiative, please contact

Gertha Sicobo at 520-305-3425 or gsicobo(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)pcoa.org.