The public is invited to attend a free community discussion

WHO:
Jeffrey Green, M.D. - FMC Family Physician
Jaime Bleess - Fairmont Police School Resource Officer
Naomi Ochsendorf - Adolescent Treatment Center Winnebago Director

WHAT: Our community is serious about preventing medication misuse/ abuse and promoting environmentally safe disposal of medication.

WHERE: Knights of Columbus, 920 East 10th St., Fairmont.

WHEN: Monday, October 25, 7 p.m.

A permanent prescription disposal box will be available as a service to the public starting October 25 in the lobby of the Martin County Law Enforcement Center, 201 Lake Avenue, Fairmont, MN. This project is funded and operated as a joint effort between the Fairmont Police Department and the Martin County Sheriff Office.

Guidelines for Medication Use,

Storage, and Disposal

 

Safe Use

· Read and follow directions on all medications.

· Take the recommended dose…not more, not less.

· Take the medicine the number of times and the frequency recommended.

· Do not share your prescription medicines with another person.

· Do not take someone else’s prescription medicine.

· Know the names of your medications and their purpose.

· Pharmacists and doctors can answer your questions about over-the counter medicines…..just ask!

 

Safe Storage

· Keep medicines in a place away from children, teens and guests. Lock up medicines if necessary, especially narcotics or mood altering medicines.

· Keep medicines in their original bottle or package.

· Keep medicines in a cool, dry place away from the light.

· Follow storage directions on the medicine.

 

Safe Disposal

· Take old or unneeded medications or drugs to the medication disposal box at the Fairmont Police Department/Martin County Sheriff Office Law Enforcement Center beginning in October 25th, 2010.

· Leave the medicine in its original package or bottle.

· Cross off your name or other personal information. Do not cross off the name of the medicine.

· Do NOT flush medications down the toilet

 

Information provided by:
The National Council on Patient Information and Education ConsumerMedSafety.org

 

Citizens are encouraged to dispose of their unused and unwanted medications in the disposal box. Citizens are encouraged to remove their personal information from the medication labels but please leave the name of the medication visible on the label.

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