Have you ever noticed how we all accumulate things? When it came time to clean out my parent’s home after they both passed this really came to light. My parents both lived through the Great Depression. We found coffee cans filled with rubber bands, stashes of plastic bags, aluminum foil, pencils paperback books and bottles of medications that were discontinued years ago. If you’re helping another person manage their medications it is important to throw away old bottles after they are no longer needed. A period of three months is a good gauge especially if the physician is in the process of changing medications. And don’t flush them down the toilet, which puts the medication into our ground and water system. Throwing them away and removing the label from the bottle is sufficient. This ensures that an incorrect medication will not be taken accidentally.

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