Safe responsible storage of medications is easy once you know what to do, and it’s important for the health and safety of your family and others who come into your home. If medicine is not stored properly, there can be serious consequences. The medicine may get into the wrong hands if a family member or visitor takes it without your knowledge. They may use it incorrectly to try to treat a medical condition — or worse, they may abuse it. Children or pets may be accidentally poisoned by ingesting easily accessible medicine. In addition, heat, humidity, or changes in temperature may damage the medicine.
If you have prescription medicine in your home, it is your responsibility to properly safeguard and dispose of it.
- DO lock up medicine that is at risk for being abused in a cabinet, drawer, or medicine
- DO keep medicine in a cool, dry place that is out of the reach of children.
- DO store medicine in its original container — the label on the bottle provides important information about the medicine.
- DO call 911 if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
- DON’T leave medicine in places that are easily accessible to children or pets.
- DON’T store medicine in a bathroom medicine cabinet where humidity and temperature changes can cause damage.
- DON’T take medicine in front of children who often mimic adults.