- Various reasons like expiry dates, death of patients, etc. results in left over medicines at home
- Safe disposal has been recommended to avoid risks
- Give it back to the hospitals or pharmacies
- Avoid dumping it with other household wastes
- Dumping it on the roadsides or in vast deserted lands leads to serious environmental and health hazards
While the medicines act as life-savers, often, it can also act as life-threatening substances due to mere carelessness. Everything has the right way to do it and dealing with left over medicines or old drugs also has some guidelines to be followed.
In foreign countries, authorized collection centers by various non-governmental organizations or the pharmacies have been established, while here a proper system to manage the unused medicines has to be developed. In Kerala, Indian Medical Association has set up a waste treatment plant to process the hospital wastes as a part of which medicines also had been collected.
Usually, unused medicines can be present at individual houses either because the patient gets cured or died or in some cases, the medicines may get expired. Changes in the prescribed medicines too can result in such circumstances.
Types of medicines:
The medicines can be tablets, vials (liquid) for injection, syrups, medicine for inhalers, etc.
Many a times, people just dump it along with other wastes at home leading to serious environmental and health hazards. The toxic nature of some medicines may result in high risks to man and animal. Especially in a state like Kerala, where the waste management system still remains in poor condition, dealing with unused medicines should be brought to active discussion.
How to deal with the unused medicines?
Keeping unused medicines at home can lead to risky situations like children consuming it without your knowledge or intentional intake by someone. In order to avoid such situations, ensure that left over-medicines or expired medicines were disposed safely from the reach of our family members.