Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Time to clean the medicine cabinet

Why clean the medicine cabinet? One reason is to get drugs out of the hands of teens and younger. Adderall and vicodin were the most popular drugs among 12th graders. Of course, pot was in the mix, too. But that is not usually stored in the bathroom.

Some states are really chasing doc shoppers around and coming down on people filling multiple prescriptions. So look out there!

But there are also big stores of drugs right in many houses.

March 20th is Clean Up Your Medicine Cabinet Day.

--Dispose of drugs no longer needed by dropping them off at designated places in your community--not the toilet.

--Also see if your dropoff place will take over-the-counter meds such as tablets, capsules, liquids, inhalers, creams, ointments, nasal sprays, and pet drugs. Same for needles, intravenous solutions, and other paraphrenalia.

If you stow something on a shelf thinking maybe you can use it later--mistake. Later will be a different ailment, a different person in the family, maybe even a different doctor with different advice. Or the stuff may be too old.

Some meds get stronger--not weaker--the longer they sit. Not good!

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