Household Safety – storing and discarding medications

Home visitors  are in an ideal position to support families’ household safety efforts.  An important topic for discussion concerns medications – both prescription and over the counter

  • how to store them when used by a household member, and
  • how to get rid of them when they are no longer needed.

Safe Storage information:  Know what medicines are in your home, keep them locked up, make them less appealing and more tips are provided here.

Poison Control Hotline 1-800-222-1222     Toddlers may mistake a pill for candy.

Disposal of unwanted medications:  NO medications should be flushed down the toilet or poured down the sink.  Information on drug collection sites and events is available here and here.

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