How To Store Medication Securely
There are countless ways that a child can succumb to injury or poisoning but one of the most common and most dangerous ways is the accidental swallowing of medication. Not only does it cause many deaths every year but these deaths are preventable given the proper handling of medication by parents in their very own household. You should always take near-extreme measures in the handling and disposal of medication because there is no telling how boundless a child’s curiosity can be. Pills also strongly resemble candy, and as unpleasant as the consumption of some drugs may be, children may be drawn to the shape of the drugs and go to great lengths to consume them.
Lock It Up
The consequences of children swallowing medication can be devastating so it is best not to take any chances at all, and in most situations it is even recommended that you use more than one security barrier, such as a combination lock or a safe for the most dangerous drugs. This will ensure that your child will not have access to the drugs, and it will also ensure that the drugs are out of sight. This is important because it can prevent children from even being curious about the contents of the bottle. Fortunately, there are many companies currently offering solutions to such issues. Companies like Lockmed sell such pill boxes, and other companies like The Locking Cap have invented locking mechanisms for the bottles themselves. A combination of both of these should spare the child from any accidental consumption.
Not The Bathroom
As their use is often routine and associated with good health, bathrooms are commonly known as the most effective place to put medication but it is not the best idea to keep them in here. Wherever children have the ability to access medication there will always be a threat. The best place to put medication are in specifically inaccessible places, such as a high cupboard, or even in a place they do not know about.
Clean Out Your Medications.
You should also clean out your medications at least twice a year. Recent surveys have shown that people in Canada seldom clean out their medicine cabinet once a year if at all; many ignore the fact that drugs do expire, which can make even the most benign of drugs harmful to the user. Keep a tab on drug expiry dates, even going so far as marking the dates on a calendar. At the very least, you should be replacing most of the drugs every six months. In the meantime, you should make sure that your drugs are stored in a place where they will not go bad. Even if they are inaccessible to children, having them in areas with direct contact to sunlight will cause some problems.
It is also not recommended that you dispose of drugs in the toilet or the garbage. Traces of drugs found in the ground have caused adverse effects to water and soil, affecting common areas of play for young children. The best solution is to dispose of the drugs in a safe location, such as an eco-friendly disposal service area, or to contact your municipal government for their own return policies.