Ah, spring cleaning. That annual ritual when you throw open the windows to let the fresh air in and the clutter out. It’s a new start. It’s a time to shed the things you no longer need and embrace the newfound space and items that you appreciate.
Your household medicine cabinet is no different. But it doesn’t have to be spring for you to give it a good clearing out. When was the last time you cleaned out your medicine cabinet? Did you know that you were supposed to do that?
According to a 2017 study conducted by Consumer Reports, approximately one-third of Americans haven’t cleaned out their medicine cabinet in the past year, and almost one-fifth haven’t done so for three years, even though most medications expire within just a year.
There are some real dangers to keeping old medicine bottles and unwanted, unused, or expired medicines. People can be tempted to skip medical appointments by substituting old medications for updated prescriptions. Since pills, capsules, and liquids can spoil, they’re not likely to be effective past their expiration date. And when you’re depending upon life-saving medications, taking expired medications can be life-threatening.
At least once per year, or even every six months. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) hosts a “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” twice each year. This is a great biannual reminder (and opportunity!) to get rid of unwanted, unused, and expired medication. (Related: What are DEA Take Back Days?)
If you’re ready to clean out your medicine cabinet and the next DEA Take Back Day isn’t just around the corner, check out our convenient Kiosk Site Locator to find a secure, year-round disposal location near you.
Encourage others to take a look at their medicine cabinets too. Not only will you clear the clutter, but you’ll be keeping everyone healthier.
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