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The LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-back ™ Program is so important to my family and me! As a mother of two young boys (age 3 and 1), I know young children are particularly at risk of accidental drug poisoning. Toddlers are active, curious, and often can get into trash cans. Unfortunately, some little ones may get ahold of medicines that are not stored or discarded properly. Before I became a stay-at-home mom, I used to work in the Quality Assurance department of a major US pharmaceutical company. I am familiar with the adverse effects of drugs and conscious of the importance of improper drug disposal.
What is improper drug disposal?
Moms of young children may not be aware of the risks that are present to their children with improper disposal of unwanted or expired medications. Children, teens, and adults can all be patients of unused medications.
So, what does improper disposal of drugs actually look like?
- Flushing them down the toilet
- Pouring in the drain
- Throwing in the garbage
These actions can lead to environmental damage, water contamination, drug diversion, or drugs being abused by getting into the wrong hands! Many people may not realize that by placing unwanted or expired medications into the water system, they enter the wastewater treatment system which is not designed to remove medications from the water.
LifeInCheck has created the solution to prevent these unwanted consequences! Read below to find out more.
Where can we safely dispose of drugs?
It is so easy and convenient to safely dispose of unwanted or expired medications thanks to the LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-Back Program! Just go online to find your local LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-Back Kiosk!
Here’s how it works:
- Go to the LifeInCheck website here.
- Simply enter your zip code and there will be a list of safe drug take-back kiosks in your area.
- Accepted medications include: unused or expired prescription medication (including Schedule II-V controlled substances), unused or expired over over-the-counter medication, and pet medication.
In order to reduce these issues and bring awareness to the massive opioid crisis that is affecting so many American families, LifeInCheck created the LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-Back Program as a safe option for families to discard their unwanted or expired medications into secure kiosks located across the US!
Safe storage of drugs in the home with children and teens
LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-back program is the best solution for the disposal of unused or expired medications to keep our little ones safe. According to the CDC, here are five simple tips for safe drug storage for families with children:
- Choose a safe spot that is up high and out of sight and reach of young children.
- Lock the safety cap and double-check that you hear the click or cannot twist it anymore.
- Make sure to put medicines away right after use back into their safe location. Don’t leave medicines out temporarily on a kitchen counter.
- Remind guests and family visitors to keep their medicines up and away, as well as out of sight, from children.
- Make sure to also find a safe storage place for medication while traveling in a hotel.
How you can participate
LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-Back Program is a participant in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. You can participate this year by visiting the LifeInCheck Consumer Drug Take-Back webpage available and find a participating location near you.