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Safety Steps for Medications

3 Ways to Keep Your Prescriptions Safe Storing your medications usually implies finding the best place in your house. You want to optimize the likelihood you’ll take them, and you want your medications to retain their potency.

Now, a report from Safe Kids Worldwide, a nonprofit group based in Washington, D.C., offers advice about storing medications when young children are present. Unfortunately, over the past decade we’ve seen a 30% increase in emergency department visits for children who were accidentally exposed to medications. That’s 67,000 kids!

Here are three easy and effective tips to prevent medication “accidents”:

  • Store medications (both prescription and over-the-counter versions) out of sight and easy reach. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls this “up and away.” This includes countertops, purses, and other easy to see/reach places.
  • Set daily phone alarm so you remember to take your medicines that are out of sight.
  • Go through your medicine cabinet and dispose of expired medicines of all types. This immediately limits the number of medications you need to store.

Any other tips for the safe storage of medications? Please share your thoughts.