Do you have extra medicine lying around the house?

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Storing expired or unwanted medications in the home poses a significant health risk to families.  In Kansas, state reporting shows 1 in 5 poisoning-related emergency department visits are in children 4 and younger.  Of these, 70% were caused by drug exposure.

The Kansas Medical Disposal Program was launched April 2012.  Before this there was no year-round method for Kansans to safely and conveniently rid their homes of uncontrolled medication.  The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Bureau of Waste Management website has a map so individuals and long-term care facilities can identify the closest drop-off location.

Law enforcement agencies host drug-take-back events annually to dispose of narcotics and controlled substances (examples are pain, anxiety, and attention-deficit disorder medicines).

The hope is that these programs will reduce the rate of injury and death due to unintentional drug poisoning.   It is not safe to dump medicines in a drain as medications generally bypass wastewater treatment facilities and can affect our water supply.

More information at http://www.kdheks.gov/waste/about_medwaste.html

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About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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