Medicine & Poisoning
Tips to Prevent Poisonings
Unless noted, the safety tips below were adapted from the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ poison prevention tips for children and adults.
Drugs and Medicines
- Follow directions on the label when you give or take medicines. Read all warning labels. Some medicines cannot be taken safely when you take other medicines or drink alcohol.
- Turn on a light when you give or take medicines at night so that you know you have the correct amount of the right medicine.
- Keep medicines in their original bottles or containers.
- Never share or sell your prescription drugs.
- Keep opioid pain medications, such as methadone, hydrocodone, and oxycodone, in a safe place that can only be reached by people who take or give them.
- Monitor the use of medicines prescribed for children and teenagers, such as medicines for attention deficit disorder, or ADD (SAMHSA 2006).
- Dispose of unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs. Follow the federal guidelines for how to do this. (ONDCP 2007).
Poison Control Number
Put the poison control number, 1-800-222-1222, on or near every home telephone and save
it on your cell phone. The line is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.