Now’s the perfect time to peek inside your medicine cabinet, toss out all expired first aid supplies and restock with everything you’ll need to treat common summer injuries.
In an ideal world, childhood summers would be filled with fun and happy kids and no one would ever get hurt. But in reality, with the long days of summer, come childhood injuries and being prepared for them will help you to react to and treat whatever comes their way.
But before you can stock your medicine cabinet, you’ll have to do some inventory to see what you already have, what’s still good and what has expired and should be tossed.
To dispose of expired medications, don’t flush them down the toilet, as previously recommended, unless the label specifically tells you to do so. To dispose of most drugs, simply take them out of their original containers and mix them with used coffee grounds, kitty litter or sawdust, which will make them far less appealing to children and animals. Then, place them in a sealable bag to prevent them from breaking loose in your garbage bag.
For more detailed information, please visit Smarxt Disposal™, a partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the American Pharmacists Association, and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.
Once you’ve sorted through everything you have and will keep, you’re ready to fill in the gaps.
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