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Spring Into Safety: Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet

Posted by Melissa Ellerbrock on March 06, 2024 0 Comments

Spring Into Safety: Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet

As spring unfolds, we naturally turn our attention to refreshing our homes. But amidst the decluttering and deep cleaning, one often-overlooked area deserves special attention: the medicine cabinet.

March 29th marks National Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinet Day, a timely reminder to ensure the safety and security of our homes and families.

Why is this important?

  • Expired medications: Medications lose their effectiveness over time, and taking them can be ineffective or even harmful.
  • Unused medications: These pose a risk for misuse and abuse, both at home and in the broader community.
  • Clutter: A cluttered cabinet can make it difficult to find the medications you need quickly, potentially delaying treatment.

So, how can you participate?

  1. Gather your supplies: Grab a large bag, trash can, and a list of local medication drop-off locations (
  2. Empty your medicine cabinet: Remove everything, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and first-aid supplies.
  3. Sort through your medications: Check the expiration date on each medication.
    • Expired medications: Place them in your designated disposal container. Remember, never flush medications down the toilet or drain!
    • Unexpired, unopened medications: Consider donating them to local charities or programs that assist individuals in need.
    • Unexpired, opened medications: Keep only those you are currently using and properly dispose of any outdated versions of the same medication.
  4. Clean and reorganize your medicine cabinet: Wipe down shelves and drawers using a disinfectant wipe. Organize remaining medications by type and frequency of use to facilitate easy access.

By taking these simple steps, you can:

  • Safeguard your family's health: Prevent accidental ingestion of expired medications and reduce the risk of misuse.
  • Protect your community: Help prevent the spread of addiction and accidental overdoses.
  • Promote responsible disposal: Ensure medications are disposed of in a safe and environmentally friendly manner.

Spring cleaning extends beyond our homes. Let's work together to create a safer and healthier community, one medicine cabinet at a time!

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