Mind Your Meds

Prevention (USA) - - PULSE -

Eighty per­cent of grand­par­ents don’t move med­i­ca­tion to a safer lo­ca­tion when their grand­chil­dren visit, found the Univer­sity of Michi­gan Na­tional Poll on Healthy Ag­ing. This may put cu­ri­ous lit­tle kids at risk of ac­ci­den­tal poi­son­ing and give older ones easy ac­cess to pre­scrip­tion drugs like pain pills that can be abused. “Al­ways keep pre­scrip­tion meds, over-the­counter meds, and even vi­ta­mins and sup­ple­ments out of sight and reach of chil­dren of all ages— don’t leave them on bed­side ta­bles or kitchen coun­ters, even if you use them daily,” says Travis Stork, M.D., an ER physi­cian and co­host of The Doc­tors. “And al­ways store med­i­ca­tion with a child­proof cap that locks.”

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