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Stockpiling medicines at home could be dangerous pharmacists warn

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PHARMACISTS are warning people not to stockpile prescription medicines in their homes as part of Cwm Taf University Health Board’s ongoing Your Medicines Your Health campaign.
Keeping large quantities of medicines in bathroom cabinets, kitchen cupboards and draws can be potentially harmful and could even result in an accidental overdose.

medicine2.jpgCwm Taf University Health Board is encouraging people to return their unwanted and unused prescription medicines to their local pharmacy in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf as part of the Your Medicines Your Health campaign, which was launched on January 20.

People who return unwanted or unused medicines can also ask for a free medicines use review with their local pharmacist to help them make the most of their prescription.

Martin Davies, chief pharmacist for the Rhondda, in Cwm Taf University Health Board, said: “We know that there are many people who don’t take the medicines which have been prescribed for them for a number of reasons and, because they don’t want to tell their doctor, they often end up keeping these at home.

“But stockpiling medicines at home can be dangerous – to them and to other people who live in the home. We want people to take their medicines if they can and to tell us if they can’t.

“It’s also never a good idea to keep prescription medicines like antibiotics for the future, just in case.”

All unused or unwanted medicines should be returned to your local pharmacist to be disposed of because:
Taking an out of date medicine could be harmful as their strength can change as they age;
Taking a medicine meant for someone else can be dangerous;
Taking a medicine prescribed for a similar but not necessarily the same symptom or illness could by masking a serious condition;
Stockpiling medicines could increase the risk of an accidental overdose by another member of the family, a child or a pet.

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