April 08, 2022

Keep Kids Safe from Medication

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Participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 30th by disposing of unused and expired medications with the LifeInCheck™ Consumer Drug Take-Back Program!

I want to share a personal story that is kind of embarrassing to share but I'm going to share it in the hopes that someone can learn from it. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is coming up which is why I want to share our story. My 7-year-old daughter, Adalyn has struggled with falling asleep her entire life. Her doctor recommended that we try the kid's chewable melatonin so she has taken that as needed for years. Well, one day a couple of years ago, I noticed that the bottle that I had very recently bought was almost empty.

I questioned her and after some prodding, she admitted to getting into the bottle and taking extra melatonin than she was supposed to. Then, I remembered a few weeks before when she randomly took a nap in the middle of the day a couple of times when she never did that. It turns out, that is when she had taken the extra melatonin. She thought they tasted good and therefore, thought it was okay. I was so horrified that as a mom, I didn't know my daughter had gotten into melatonin. I was scared for her health and ashamed of myself.

That is when I learned how important it was to put away any supplements and medication. We now keep it all out of adult reach after learning that important lesson. What if she had taken something worse than melatonin? We learned our lesson very fast. It was really scary because we also found out she got into a couple of other fruit gummy vitamins.

As I mentioned, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is coming up on April 30th. This is a day where you're encouraged to properly dispose of prescriptions that are expired or that you no longer need. This is super important to me because after we saw how our kids could easily get into vitamins, we thought about how they could get into medications as well and wanted to make sure that it didn't happen again. 

LifeInCheck™ Consumer Drug Take-Back program where you can safely dispose of unused or expired medications, and they have locations all around the US. Just enter your zip code [LINK] to find a take-back kiosk in your area. It helps prevent flushing or trashing unneeded medications to protect public health and the environment. It also helps to prevent child poisoning- if kids get into certain medications, they can get very sick from them. Our situation with the supplements also prompted a ton of conversations with our kids about why they never take medications we don't give them.

It's really easy to dispose of your medications. I just put them in my purse or in a separate bag and drop them into the LifeInCheck kiosk when I am running errands. Along with prescription medications, you can also drop off any vitamins, supplements, or over-the-counter medicines.

***Find a LifeInCheck kiosk to dispose of unwanted medications!

Thanks for letting me share my story. My husband and I learned a lot about how to keep our kids safe from unused medications at home​.

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  1. I complete agree with you. LifeInCheck™ Consumer Drug Take-Back program is an excellent initiative and should be followed across the globe. We all know what we have gone through in the last 2 years, and that emphasis on the need for proper medical waste disposal to ensure that we provide a healthy and safe environment to our kids. Infact, leading health organizations should come forward in their respective areas to make this a global revolution.


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