Organizing the medicine cabinet; what to do with old meds?

Published on January 04, 2017 with No Comments

With the arrival of the new year, many are making lists to put their resolutions in order. For some, organizing their homes is a priority with the inclination of a productive beginning. Here’s some tips to help answer some of the questions which may come with the project.

The Medicine Cabinet

Cleaning out the cabinet can be a chore. Not only does it become disorganized but it can become a catch-all. When beginning the project, the placement of medications is something to consider. Most over-the-counter meds need to be kept in a dry, cool environment. The bathroom cabinet is not always the best place if in the same room as the bathtub or shower.

Here are some steps to inventory the family medicine cabinet

  1. Remove all products from the cabinet and clean the space with soap and water. Group all items together to take note of what’s available. Keep in mind what your family uses most and what’s missing.
  2. Purge the old and take stock of needed replacements. Check the shelf date of all over-the-counter meds including ointments, syrups and first aid items. Medications expire and the date is typically printed on the packaging although not always easily located. If no expiration date is found it is easy to find a website for the product and the shelf life located.
  3. Prescription medications should be disposed of in the proper manner. It is not acceptable to “flush” unused prescription meds nor just toss them in the trash. Do not give away unused medications to someone else. The closest disposal site for prescription or over-the-counter medications is located at the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office, 5755 East Milton Road, Milton.
    Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To dispose at the site, remove all personal information from all medications before dropping off. If disposing at the site is not an option, click here.
  4. Organize the shelves. Make it easy to see where antiseptic and antibiotic ointment is located in case of emergent need. Keep burn ointment, insect bite remedy, bandages, basal thermometers all handy. Check inventory to see if anything is missing and make a note for replacement. Use plastic bins and mark them with labels for easy reference.

Santa Rosa County Florida medication disposal areas:

District One – Gulf Breeze Area
1322 College Parkway Gulf Breeze, FL 32563
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

District Two –Navarre Area
8597 High School Blvd. Navarre, FL 32566
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

District Three – Pace Area
4775 Pace Patriot Boulevard Pace, FL 32571
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

District Four -East Milton Area
5755 East Milton Road Milton, FL 32583
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

District Five – Jay Area
3695 Highway 4 Jay, FL 32565
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

USAF – 1st Special Operations Medical Group – SGSMM
131 Howie Walters Rd. Bldg. 91072 Hurlburt Field, FL 32544; Phone: 850-884-7464

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