from University of Michigan
Nearly one-half of parents surveyed admit to having leftover prescription medications at home. The University of Michigan study notes that younger children getting into medicine in the home is a major source of unintentional poisonings, and that access by older children brings risk of experimentation, diversion to other children or other intentional misuse. Co-director of the poll, Sarah Clark, urges safe storage as well as proper disposal of both prescription and non-prescription medicines. Check expiration dates at least twice a year. She recommends disposing of expired or unused medicines by dropping them at a collection site, such as hospital, doctor’s office or pharmacy. Avoid flushing medicines in a toilet or sink that could contaminate water supplies.