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Here are some tips to help you keep track of all your medicines:

  • Make a list. Write down all medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs and dietary supplements. The list should include the name of each medicine, amount you take, and time(s) you take it. If it’s a prescription, also note the doctor who prescribed it and reason it was prescribed. Show the list to all of your healthcare providers, including physical therapists and dentists. Keep one copy in a safe place at home and one in your wallet or pocketbook.
  • Create a file. Save all the written information that comes with your medicines and keep it somewhere you can easily refer to it.
  • Check expiration dates on bottles. If a medicine is past its expiration date, you may be able to dispose of it at your pharmacy, or, check with your doctor about how to safely discard it. Your doctor can also tell you if you will need a refill.
  • Keep medicines out of reach of young children. Avoid taking medicines in front of them, as they might try to copy you. Also, if your medicines are kept in bottles without child safety caps because they are hard to open, be extra careful about where you store medicines.

Source: https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/safe-use-medicines-older-adults

• First, get organized. Check to see if any of your prescription medicines are expired, since taking expired medication may no longer be safe or effective. Make sure your prescription medicine is stored in the original packaging with the safety lock tightened and secured.

• Second, secure your medicine. Keep your medicine in a place out of the reach of children and pets. Also, further secure any prescription narcotics like morphine, opioids, or codeine in a locked cabinet or drawer. Safe storage of these controlled medications is especially important, as they can be dangerous if taken when not prescribed.


Source: https://www.cdc.gov/wtc/prescriptionsafety.html

First, read the packaging label on your medication. Controlled substances and other medicines can be harmful if ingested by others, so the label might have special disposal instructions that you should follow

If there are no special disposal instructions. you can safely dispose of your medication in your household trash by following these four steps:

1) Mix your medicine with an inedible substance like dirt, cat litter, or used coffee grounds.
2) Put the mixture in a container, such as a sealed plastic bag.
3) Throw the container in your household trash.
4) Scratch out all the personal information on the prescription label of your empty medication bottle to make it unreadable. Then dispose or recycle the empty medication bottle.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/wtc/prescriptionsafety.html


Prescription Disposal Box in Chillicothe, OH

Chillicothe Police Department/Ross County Sheriff’s Office Prescription Drop Box
28 North Paint St, Chillicothe, Ohio 45601
(740) 703-6075



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