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Emergency Physicians Tell the Public,''Get Rid of Your Stash'' of Unwanted Meds on November 12th
Date:11/3/2011

l of prescription medications:

  • Take your prescription drugs out of their original containers.
  • Mix drugs with an unappealing substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds.
  • Put the mixture into a disposable container with a lid, such as an empty margarine tub, or into a sealable bag.
  • Conceal or remove any personal information, including Rx number, on the empty containers by covering it with black permanent marker or duct tape or by scratching it off.
  • Place the sealed container with the mixture and the empty drug containers in the trash.

"Accidental drug poisonings of children, which are preventable emergencies, are another great reason to take stock of the medicines around your house," said Dr. Seaberg.  "If you don't need a medication, then your child doesn't need it either."

A study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine in 2008 reported that nearly 10,000 very young children accidentally ingested opiates prescribed for adults in their household between 2003 and 2006.   

ACEP is a national medical specialty society representing emergency medicine. ACEP is committed to advancing emergency care through continuing education, research and public education. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, ACEP has 53 chapters representing each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. A Government Services Chapter represents emergency physicians employed by military branches and other government agencies. 


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