Safe Medicine Storage for Grandparents

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You love your grandchildren and would do anything for them, but did you know these startling facts?

Approximately 60,000 young children – or roughly four school busloads of children per day – are brought to the emergency room each year because they got into medicines that were left within reach.1, 2

Nearly 1 out of every 4 grandparents say they store prescription medicines in easy-access places, and 18 percent keep over-the-counter medicines in easily accessible spots.3

Don’t let your grandchildren become a statistic, take these precautions to help keep them safe:

  • Keep all medicines and vitamins up and away and out of sight in a high cabinet or other place your grandchildren can’t reach or see.
  • Keep purses, bags, or coats that have medicines or vitamins in them out of their reach and sight.
  • Never leave medicines or vitamins out on a table, countertop, or bedside table where your grandchildren could reach them. Relock the safety cap and put them away every time you use them.
  • Set a daily reminder to take your medicines and vitamins on your refrigerator or a location you check on a daily basis, since they will be safely stored up and away and out of sight.

Save the Poison Help number (800) 222-1222 in all  your phones so you will have it when you need it.

 

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CDC Features – Put Your Medicines Up and Away and Out of Sight. Accessed October 10, 2012.

2. Safe Kids Worldwide. Safe Storage, Safe Dosing, Safe Kids: A Report to the Nation on Safe Medication. March 2012.

3. C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health. Easy-access medicines a poisoning risk for kids at home. http://mottnpch.org/reports-surveys/easy-access-medicines-poisoning-risk-kids-home. Accessed November 27. 2012.

 

Funding and support for this material have been provided by the CHPA Educational Foundation.