Medication errors cause at least one death every day and injure approximately 1.3 million people annually in the United States.1 Medication Safety Week was created to spread awareness and offer strategies to make sure medications are taken and stored properly. Continue reading
Today marks the official start of Medication Safety Week. To help make a difference and prevent drug misuse, abuse and accidental poisonings, it’s important to follow the Do’s and Don’ts provided below.
So, let’s chat and chew about some general medication safety rules to keep you and your family safe.
- Keep your medications in the original container and out of reach and sight of children and pets
- Store medications in a secure area (i.e. cabinet or drawer with a lock)
- Check the date on medications; properly dispose of expired medications
- Check to see if medications need to be refrigerated. If so, make sure they are stored at the proper temperature and where children cannot easily reach them
- Avoid taking medications in front of children – this only makes them more curious, especially because kids like to mimic adults
- Never share medications with friends or family or take someone else’s prescription
- Do not combine multiple medications into one bottle
- Never store medications in a hot and humid place
- Do not consume medications that appear different in shape, size, or color without first checking with your pharmacist. Meaning, if your prescription is normally orange and circular, do not assume that pink and star-shaped pills are the same medication. While the pharmacy could have switched manufacturers and everything is exactly the same, it’s always best to double-check!
For more insight to the problem and importance of medication safety, check out the infographic provided by Kids Safe Worldwide below.
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