Medication storage is a simple way to keep you, your loved ones, and your medications safe. Safety is the number one goal with medication storage. Proper medication storage can keep your medications out of the wrong hands, as well as protect your medications from degrading and losing effectiveness. According to the CDC, about 50,000 children each year seek medical attention in the emergency room after getting into medications. By following the “Do’s” and “Dont’s” provided below, many of these visits can be avoided.
- Keep medications out of children’s reach and sight
- Put medications away after each use
- Store medications in a cool, dry and dark place away from heat and moisture
- Store any medications that have the potential for abuse in a secure area
- If able, utilize safety caps on medication containers
- Teach children about medication safety
- Store medications in plain sight
- Store medications in the bathroom
- Keep medications past their expiration date
By following the “Do’s” above we have the opportunity to reduce children being accidentally exposed to medications and medications being stolen for illicit use. These tips will also ensure the medications you have on hand do not become damaged and lose their effectiveness. The next time you go to store your medications in the medication cabinet located in the bathroom, think again and instead think cool, dry and dark!
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By: Emily Oliver, PharmD, PGY-2 Pharmacy Resident in Pain and Palliative Care, Hospice of Southern Illinois
October is American Pharmacists Month and we are proud to present to you an educational blog series throughout the month by, Emily Oliver, PharmD, PGY-2 Pharmacy Resident in Pain and Palliative Care. Our series will help expand your understanding of the use of medications at the end-of-life.