The safe and appropriate use of medicines will be the topic of a local program given by Visiting Nurse & Hospice of Fairfield County on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

"All medications have risks ... especially for older adults who are more likely to experience serious adverse drug events which can result in unnecessary hospitalizations," Elaine Abrams, community health coordinator for the visiting nurse agency, said in a press release.

"To complicate matters, older adults often have more than one prescribing health care provider and they tend to use more than one pharmacy. This makes it more difficult to track medications and identify potential problems."

Participants in this workshop for older adults will learn to understand their medications, and the possible side effects associated with them, and learn how to manage them safely, including proper storage and disposal, Abrams said.

Russell Levine, pharmacist and owner of Colonial Surgical Supply and Druggist in Westport will also be available to answer questions about medications.

The free workshop will be held at 1 p.m. in the Westport Center for Senior Activities, 21 Imperial Ave. For more information, call 203-341-5099.