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Educating your children on the correct usage and potential dangers of medicine is a crucial step in protecting children from unsupervised ingestion. Make sure that all medicines are kept out children’s reach and sight. Learn how to prevent medicine poisoning with these safety tips and download children’s medicine safety coloring book.

Video: Be Prepared in Case of an Emergency

Save the Poison Help number (800-222-1222) in all your phones, including cell phones, so you have it when you need it – and make sure it is available for your child’s babysitter or caregiver. Call Poison Help right away if you think your child might have gotten into a medicine or vitamin, even if you are not completely sure.

Never tell your children medicine is candy, even if they do not like to take their medicine. Always remind guests to keep purses, bags, or coats that have medicines in them up and away and out of sight when they are in your home.

Read the label! Drug labels change as added information becomes available. That is why it is important to read the label each time you take medicine.

pdfChecklist for Choosing Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medicine for Adults

pdfChecklist for Choosing Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medicine for Children

pdfDownload Over-the-Counter Buying and Using Medicine Safely Help Brochure


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Video: Important Steps for Medicine Safety

Oxygen, light, and water can break down your medications. Take care of your medications and take care of yourself by storing your medications in a cool, dry, and dark location.

Video: Safe Medication Disposal

An estimated 40% of medications go unused, but what do you do with medications that you no longer want or need? This film gives a simple step-by-step guide on how to dispose of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications in a way that keeps them out of the hands of young children, prevents abuse, and is safe for the environment. Learn what medications can be disposed of at home as well as how to find community and Drug Enforcement Agency take-back programs.

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