Medicine Storage & Safety

On January 23, 2012, in Business Continuity, Personal Preparedness, by Padraic Ansbro

We keep medicine handy so that it’s easily available for our prescribed use.  Depending on where medicine is stored can affect its efficacy and could also become a danger to the children and pets in the household.  Medicine needs to be stored at room temperature and away from light and moisture.  Do not store it in the bathroom.  Keep all medications away from children and pets.  Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so.  To properly dispose of expired or no longer needed products consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.

More safety tips:

Check The Date

  • Always check the expiration date on your medication. This includes over-the-counter medicine and herbal products.
  • Dispose of expired medication.
  • Expired eye drops have a tendency to harbor bacteria and may lose potency or become toxic.


  • Get rid of pain killers that are no longer used. This will help keep the medicine out of the wrong hands.
  • Antibiotics are supposed to be taken until completion so there should never be any left. Not finishing them or saving them for other illnesses can pose potential health risks.

Child-proof & Pet-proof

  • Purchase products in child-proof containers.
  • Be sure medications, chemicals, cleaning agents, and other potentially hazardous materials are out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Cosmetic products may also pose hazards. Children can choke on baby powder and dusting powder.

Remember your medicine cabinet can be a dangerous place if it’s filled with old, unused medication. Dispose of unused or expired medicine properly.  For more information click here: FDA Drugs.

Stay Safe!

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