Category Archives: Medication Safety

Is it safe to use Orajel or Anbesol for teething?

The FDA has strengthened its warnings about benzocaine, a medication used to numb pain that is included in some over-the-counter teething products. Though it’s rare, swallowing benzocaine can cause a … Continue reading

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Get rid of your expired medications on Saturday, April 28

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is holding a prescription drug take-back day this Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. at locations across the country. You can … Continue reading

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Are you at risk for a medication interaction?

Do you regularly take more than one medication? The more medicine you take—including prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and supplements—the more likely you are to have a medication error or a … Continue reading

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Time to clean out old medications and hazardous waste

While you’re giving your home a thorough spring cleaning, it’s a good time to get rid of things you no longer need, like old medications. In fact, there is a … Continue reading

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Poisonings affect people of all ages

Every day poison centers receive calls from and about people of every age, from infants to people in their 80s and beyond. Some types of poisoning are more common at … Continue reading

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Medication safety: Put the cap on

Oops! A member of the NNEPC team came home to find this scene while their spouse was giving medicine to one of the kids. That’s better! For safety, put the … Continue reading

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Driving and medications don’t always mix

For many of us, driving is part of our everyday routine, whether it’s getting to work, running errands or visiting friends and family. But certain medications can make it unsafe … Continue reading

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How to avoid some common medication errors

According to a 2015 study, every 8 minutes a child under 6 in the United States gets the wrong medication or the wrong dose of their medication. There are a … Continue reading

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Take these steps to help prevent poisonings in your home

How safe is your home? We all try to keep our homes safe for kids, pets, visitors, and ourselves, but it’s easy to miss things. Let’s take a look at … Continue reading

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Do you know your school’s medication policy?

Many children need to take medications during the school day. A child may take a medication regularly, such as Ritalin for attention deficit disorder, or have a medication that they … Continue reading

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