At MyOldMeds, we believe each of us plays a vital part in creating a stronger, healthier community for our family and loved ones. That’s why we’re asking you to do your part to help keep our neighborhoods safe by following a few simple best practices for storing, taking and disposing of prescription medication.
It is just the right thing to do!
Secure Storage and Disposal
Many people call the bathroom medicine cabinet their preferred storage spot for prescription medications. It may even be yours. But there may be a risk of exposing your medicine to heat and moisture, which could affect its ingredients. Pay close attention to the directions for storage on the prescription insert provided by your pharmacist and, when in doubt, store your medicine in a cool, dry place.
It is also important to store medications securely to prevent accidental ingestion or misuse. You may choose to lock your medicines up or simply make sure they are kept high and out of reach of children or teenagers.
When taking prescription medication, always follow the recommended dosage instructions and finish the medication unless otherwise directed by a physician. When medications are taken correctly, there is less medicine lying around in our homes to become a potential threat.
In-Home Medicine Disposal
Even when prescriptions are carefully followed, there may be instances when there is medicine left over. In these situations, it is important to take steps to securely dispose of the medicine, and to only keep medication you or someone else in your home is currently taking. By practicing secure medicine disposal, not only can you keep your home uncluttered from old, expired or unneeded medication, but you’ll also be more aware should medicine in your home go missing.
Unwanted medicine can be easily and discretely disposed of right in your own home! Simply follow the four recommended steps for in-home medicine disposal. In addition, remember to remove all personal information from medicine labels and containers before disposing of them. This will help to ensure medical privacy.
If you’d prefer not to use the in-home disposal method, you can also seek out community disposal programs. There are also certain medications recommended by the FDA for disposal by flushing. Be sure to check whether your medication is on that list.
Talk About It
In addition to practicing safe medication use and disposal habits, it is important to talk about secure storage, use and disposal of medication with your family, friends and loved ones. Make sure those in your home know how to properly store and dispose of their medication, and share the four steps of in-home medicine disposal so they feel confident doing it on their own.
But don’t let the conversations end there! Talk to others to make sure they understand the importance of securely storing medication, as well as how to handle it in their home and their community. This is especially important for those with teens or young children in the home – 73% of teens say it is easy to access prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinet.
By educating our friends and neighbors about the importance of secure medicine storage, use and disposal, we can take important steps to creating more secure, healthier communities.