Thursday, April 20, 2017

Spring Cleaning: It's NOT Just About The Closets

* I was compensated by the CHPA's Educational Foundation, KnowYourOTCs, but all opinions are my own. 

So, I'm totally down with Spring cleaning right? Like I dig wiping out cabinets and clearing out the clutter but I also had no idea that I was missing a huge area of my home. 
More than just our closets need to be cleansed. Our medicine cabinet did as well.
Listen - I had no idea how many of our OTC meds were expired until I started going through the cabinets. And I don't just mean cough syrups. Creams and other topicals also fall under the category of over-the - counter meds that need to be disposed of once they are expired. Prior to this year I admittedly hadn't given much thought to disposing meds as part of my Spring cleaning routine but now that I think about it more, I wonder why not? I get rid of everything else that's expired - why am I holding on to these OTC's? Apparently I'm not alone in this either. 
Something like, 62% of adults have never sought information on how to properly dispose their expired over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. And at least 50% of adults say they typically dispose of unwanted or expired OTC meds in the trash but only 8% mix them with undesirable substances before tossing.

We are all failing at this. But we can do better and disposal is really quite simple. 

To help you out with this and so you don't accidentally give your kids (or anyone else's) medicine that is past it's prime here's a short video with some quick tips on how to safely dispose of medicines so no one suffers.  Check, check, check it out y'all. 




You can also check out more information here:
 http://www.knowyourotcs.org/safe-disposal/
 
Just a reminder those three steps for safe disposal a
ccording to the  U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are as follows:


Step One: Mix medicines (do not crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as kitty litter or used coffee grounds.

Step Two: Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag.

Step Three: Throw the container in your household trash.

It's really that easy. And with all the coffee I drink you KNOW I got some coffee grounds lying around. 


Do you remember to clean out your medicine cabinet? And if you do - how come you never thought to remind ME??




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