5 Q&As for Storing and Disposing of Medicines
1. How often should an individual go through the medicines in their home?
Short Answer: Every 6 months
2. How bad is it to take medicine after the expiration date?
Short Answer: Many drug products have a shelf life beyond their expiration date but the expiration date is the final date the manufacturer guarantees the safety and potency of the medicine.
3. What is the best way to dispose of expired medicine?
Short Answer: Dispose in the trash but make sure all identifying information has been removed and that the medication is ‘destroyed.’
4. Where is the best place to store medicine?
Short Answer: A cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and moisture.
5. What are some strategies for persons taking medications to ensure they comply with the prescription?
Short Answer: Common organising techniques help here too- a few strategies include setting an alarm, keeping medicine visible or using a pillbox.
3 Quick Tips for Storage
1. Organise your medicines by family member.
2. Use a locked cosmetic bag to keep medicines safe.
3. Include first aid tips and emergency contact information in the zone you designate for medicines.
See also: Make it! A First Aid Kit