Some people tend to keep unused or outdated drugs around the home. Failure to dispose of these medications can result in a number of problems.


Problems of storing unused or outdated medications:

(1) Diversion for abuse if the drug is a controlled substance.

(2) Accidental ingestion by a small child or pet.

(3) Accidental ingestion when mistaken for another medication that has a similar appearance.

(4) Treating a disorder using a drug that is no longer potent.

(5) Treating a disorder with an inappropriate drug.


Reasons people keep pharmaceuticals around:

(1) general tendency to hoard things

(2) not wanting to throw away something that cost a lot of money

(3) just might need it again

(4) lack of awareness of potential hazards

(5) not sure of how to dispose of the drugs properly


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