Spring is a great time to clean out your medicine chest and make certain your medications are still in good condition or whether they are expired or contaminated. We need to ensure your old medications are disposed of properly to continue healthy living, wellness and keep the environment safe.
The expiry date on any medication is the date after which the medication or product cannot be 100% guaranteed to be 100% effective. Always be certain to check the expiry date upon purchase your medications. Most bottles and tubes of creams have the expiry date imprinted on the end of the tubes near the crimp.
Be certain to eliminate any partially used liquids, creams or even bottles of pills, as they may have passed their expiry dates. They have already been opened; therefore, they are considered contaminated. Heat, light, humidity and contact with the medication are all able to speed up the deterioration of the product.
Expiry dates are useful in determining if the drug has deteriorated to an inactive state, or whether, in fact, they may contain harmful substances. As an example, Acetysalicylic acid or ASA breaks down and smells like vinegar in time past their expiry date. So you have a warning that they no longer have 100% their strength.
Antibiotics are one of the most abused drugs with regard to expiry dates and/or use by someone other than the person the prescription is prescribed for. NEVER, under any circumstances take someone else’s antiobiotic medication. If by some chance there are some left over, it is especially important you take them back to the pharmacy. Taking expired antibiotics and/or someone else’s pills may contribute to antibiotic resistance.
Remove everything from your medicine cabinet and throughout your home once every spring. This includes non-prescription products, herbal products and vitamins. Check for the expiry dates. Only keep products that you are currently using. Dispose of any expired, old, unused, and unrecognizable medication by taking them to your pharmacist to make certain these older medications will be safely disposed of. It is also possible to take your outdated medications to a hazardous waste management. Provincial outlets are usually advertised in local newspapers with dates they are open to take your disposals.
We are now becoming more aware of the dangers of tossing drugs into the garbage or flushing them down the toilet, as these drugs can lead to ground water contamination. By cleaning out your medicine cabinet in spring, you are more likely to make it an “annual affair” and this will ensure your part in “healthy living” by not contaminating our grounds and waters.
Image from page 221 of “Healthy living” (1917)
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Title: Healthy living
Year: 1917 (1910s)
Authors: Winslow, C.-E. A. (Charles-Edward Amory), 1877-1957
Publisher: New York and Chicago, Charles E. Merrill company
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use tobacco,until you are full-grown. 8. Keep Clean. Keep your teeth sound and strongby regular, thorough brushing. Keep your nails andyour hair clean and neat. Guarding against Germ Diseases.—If you followthe rules outlined above, your body ought to be strongand healthy and fit for any service. All the strengthand health may disappear in a few hours, however, ifthe germ of some disease gets in and makes a successfulattack. So there are other precautions that you oughtto remember, in guarding against these unseen enemiesof yours. 1. Guard the Gateway of the Mouth. Keep out of themouth everything that is not clean. That means fingersand everything except clean food and the tooth-brush,for you can never be sure that other things are clean. 2. Eat Clean Food. Eat only clean food; that is, food SOME RULES FOR HEALTH 219 that has been cooked or thoroughly washed and has notbeen handled by any one with unclean hands, or by anyone who is ill. Do not eat food that is the least bit spoiled.
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Fig. 79.—Every Boy Scout must knowhow to help in case of an accident. 3. Eat with Clean Hands. Always wash your handsthoroughly before coming to the table and before eatingbetween meals. Always wash your hands after usingthe toilet. 4. Fight against Insect Pests. Do all you can to helpin the war against insect pests. Help to kill flies and 220 HEALTHY LIVING mosquitoes and to do away with the filth and stagnantwater in which they breed. Keep flies and mosquitoesout of the house, and keep flies away from food. 5. Avoid Infection. Do not run needless risk ofcatching colds or other diseases by being with peoplewho are ill, unless there is some good reason why youmust. Do not kiss people who are ill or handle thethings they have handled, unless it is necessary. 6. See the Doctor in Time, If you do not feel quitewell, ask to see the school doctor. It may save youa serious illness and may safeguard many other people,if you consult the doctor in time. If you do not feelwell, keep away from
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