Get rid of un­wanted medicines

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Taranaki peo­ple can make their homes safer and pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment by tak­ing un­wanted, ex­pired medicine to any Taranaki phar­macy.

And the beauty is that is is free.

This mes­sage is part of the Dis­pose of Un­wanted Medicines Prop­erly (D.U.M.P.) cam­paign, pro­moted in con­junc­tion with Taranaki DHB’s an­nual Pa­tient Safety Week (Novem­ber 6-10); the theme of which is med­i­ca­tion safety.

‘‘Taranaki DHB takes the safety of pa­tients and the com­mu­nity very se­ri­ously and med­i­ca­tion safety is a sig­nif­i­cant part of their health and well­be­ing,’’ Taranaki DHB Phar­macy op­er­a­tions man­ager, Be­van Clay­ton-Smith said. ‘‘The D.U.M.P. cam­paign is a per­ma­nent and free ser­vice that will en­able peo­ple to safely dis­pose of

‘‘The D.U.M.P. cam­paign is a per­ma­nent and free ser­vice ’’ Be­van Clay­ton-Smith

un­wanted and ex­pired med­i­ca­tions, mak­ing their homes a safer place for the en­tire fam­ily.’’

Medicines that are ex­pired, or still in date but are no longer needed pose a safety risk. Af­ter the ex­piry date the medicine’s ef­fec­tive­ness is re­duced and it can even be­come toxic. This means tak­ing a medicine af­ter its ex­piry date may not work and can po­ten­tially be harm­ful.

Re­turn­ing medicines to a phar­macy, rather than putting them in the rub­bish or res­i­den­tial re­cy­cling, means they will be dis­posed of in a safe and en­vi­ron­men­tally-re­spon­si­ble way.

Peo­ple are also be­ing en­cour­aged not to share medicines. ‘‘Medicines are spe­cially cho­sen for you and may re­act dif­fer­ently for some­one else. The per­son you give them to may have al­ler­gies or be tak­ing other medicines al­ready that might con­flict/in­ter­act with what you’re giv­ing them,’’ added Clay­ton-Smith.

Posters, fly­ers and other in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by hos­pi­tals and phar­ma­cies through­out Pa­tient Safety Week will en­cour­age pa­tients to en­sure they are fully in­formed about their treat­ment by re­mind­ing them to ask their doc­tors, nurses and phar­ma­cists the fol­low­ing ques­tions:

• What is my medicine called?

• What is it for?

• When and how should I take it?

All pa­tients dis­charged from both hos­pi­tals through­out the week will re­ceive a spe­cial dis­charge flyer with these ques­tions on them, as well as im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion they need to know about fill­ing their pre­scrip­tions and phar­macy ser­vices in the re­gion.

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