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Being a mom in my thirties with two young toddlers can be challenging in many ways. It is so important to keep a close eye on my active little boys! They are especially drawn to taking things out of boxes and bins, such as garbage cans.
Did you know that expired and unused medications are NOT supposed to be tossed in the garbage, flushed down the toilet, or poured down the drain?
If I accidentally threw away my unused or expired medications in the trash can, it would be too easy for my children to reach in and potentially take the medicine themselves. That is why it is so important to make sure I am properly disposing of my unused and expired medications.
Did you know that children less than 5 years old are more likely to visit the Emergency Department for an adverse drug event than children over age 5?
According to the CDC, the main cause of these emergency visits is from finding and consuming medicines without adult supervision. I used to work for an FDA-regulated pharmaceutical company in the United States and monitored adverse drug events for children as they were reported.
So how are we supposed to properly dispose of unused or expired medications?
In order to prevent little children from getting their hands on medications, the LifeInCheck™ Consumer Drug Take-Back Program has created a super convenient way to dispose of them!
LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-back program has created a way to conveniently dispose of your medications in local kiosks! These kiosks can be found on the LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-Back Program website here. Once you locate your kiosk, you can simply dispose of your medication while you are out during your errands; it’s that easy! This is the perfect solution to avoid stockpiling and storage of unwanted covered drugs in your home.
This safe drug take-back solution provides consumers with a safe option to discard their unused or outdated prescription medications in secure kiosks located across the US!
How to Locate a Kiosk
- When you first enter the LifeInCheck website, you will be prompted to enter your zip code. Upon entering your zip code, a drop-down will appear that states if the zip code you entered is covered under the Safe Medicine Drop Program.
- When you click on Kiosks Nearby, an interactive map will appear with kiosk locations near you!
- Be sure to only put accepted medications into the kiosks. The following list of items are NOT accepted in the LifeInCheck kiosks:
- Schedule I controlled substances
- Illegal drugs
- Aerosol cans
- Hydrogen Peroxide
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is 4/30/22
In order to make communities safer and healthier, I am grateful that the United States Drug Enforcement has designated a day for additional collection sites for proper drug disposal!
The next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 30th, 2022 and I am planning to participate! This is a free and anonymous event nationwide for all communities to participate in.
Take action this April and help protect your family and community on National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day!
How you can help spread the word
Participate on 4/30/22 in the nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event! Be sure to spread the word to friends and family about the LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-back program and National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on 4/30/22 by sharing this article on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter!
Encouraging safe storage and disposal of drugs in the home is everyone’s responsibility. As a mom of two young children, I know how important it is to keep unused or expired medications out of trash cans so that little hands can’t get to them. Thanks to the LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-back program, I have a local kiosk right down the street that I can use daily! Be sure to locate your nearest LifeInCheck kiosk today and don’t forget to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on 4/30/22!