29 Mar The Do’s and Don’ts of Safe Medicine Storage
Posted at 13:47h in Prescription Medication
If you have prescription medicine in your home, it is your responsibility to properly safeguard and dispose of it. Here are some general rules to follow:
- DON’T leave medicine in places that are easily accessible to children or pets.
- DON’T store medicine in a bathroom medicine cabinet where humidity and temperature changes can cause damage.1
- DON’T share prescription medicine. Healthcare professionals prescribe specific medicine for individuals based on personal medical histories and other health factors. A medicine that works for one person may cause harm — even death — to someone else, even if symptoms are similar.
- DON’T take medicine in front of children who often mimic adults.
- DO ask your community pharmacist if any of the medicine you have been prescribed may have the potential for abuse.
- DO lock up medicine that is at risk for being abused in a cabinet, drawer, or medicine safe.
- DO keep medicine in a cool, dry place that is out of the reach of children.
- DO store medicine in its original container — the label on the bottle provides important information about the medicine.
- DO keep an updated list of all prescription medicine in your home. Take an inventory at least twice a year — when clocks ‘spring’ forward in the spring and ‘fall’ back in autumn, for example.
- DO talk to your community pharmacist about how to properly dispose of unused or unwanted medicine. Additionally, you can access disposal information online at www.fda.gov by searching for “Rx drug disposal.