Medication safety

The home can be a dangerous place for little explorers. In fact, almost all childhood poisonings occur in the home. The main sources of these poisonings are medicine. This includes prescription drugs, vitamins, supplements, herbal products, and cold remedies. Parents and caregivers can prevent childhood poisonings by making sure medicines are stored and disposed of properly.

Store Safely

  • Always keep medicines in their original packaging. This not only prevents confusion, but also keeps the emergency information close by.
  • Keep medicines in a locked and secure place that is out of children’s reach.
  • Follow the medicine’s instructions for storage. Only refrigerate medication if the directions tell you to do so. Do not keep in the bathroom, as heat and moisture can cause spoiling.

Dispose Safely

  • Old or unused medication should be disposed of every year.
  • Never throw unused or expired medicine in the garbage or flush down the toilet. Remember medicine is a hazard.
  • Unused or old medication should be returned to your nearby pharmacy or household hazardous waste depot for safe disposal.