Dr. Yoyo makes an appearance at Ollie Burns library with her new book

"It's Not Candy" demonstration held at the Ollie Burns Library.
Published: Sep. 13, 2022 at 8:13 PM CDT
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RICHWOOD, La. (KNOE) - Dr. Yolanda McElroy, a local pharmacist in West Monroe nicknamed “Dr. Yoyo,” held a demonstration on Sept.14, 2022, at the Ollie Burns Branch Library in Richwood regarding her new book, “It’s Not Candy.”

“It’s Not Candy” is about the dangers of children confusing medications with candy and how parents can play a role in keeping their children safe from them.

McElroy said she hopes that this book can help save children a trip to the emergency room from ingesting medicine.

Dr. McElroy showed parents and children the difference between medicine and candy. She also gave tips to the parents on how to keep their children away from medicine bottles.

With the fentanyl epidemic going on, McElroy reminded parents that some candies can be manipulated with drugs, such as marijuana and fentanyl, especially with the upcoming Halloween season.

“It’s Not Candy” includes a song, which McElroy sang after reading the book to children and parents.

McElroy said simply putting away medicine can help keep incidents down.

“One simple step: put the medicines up and away and out of sight of children,” McElroy says. “That’s one of the main things that they can do. Up and away and out of sight.”