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					• If you are unsure about where to store your
  medicines, ask your pharmacist for advice

• Don’t hoard medicines unless they are part of your
  family first aid kit

• All the same precautions should be taken for
                                                        Dispose of Unused
  household chemical products such as bleach,
  disinfectants, white spirit and weedkillers, which    Medicines Properly
  should be locked away and out of reach. Dispose
  of old household chemical products at a “Chemcar
  Collection” provided by local authorities.
What should I do in an emergency?
Stay calm but act quickly. If someone has swallowed     A free service to dispose
medication, contact your GP or local Accident &           of unused/out-of-date
Emergency Department. If a child takes some                     medicines safely.
medication, make them spit any remaining pieces out.
                                                         Organised by the HSE with the
Do not give them anything to eat or drink unless         community pharmacists in Cork
instructed to do so by medical personnel.                and Kerry, the DUMP campaign
                                                                will run in participating
                                                                       pharmacies from

Dispose of Unused
Medicines Properly (DUMP)
                                                           1st February to
Please take this opportunity to dispose of out-of-        12th March 2010
date or unused medicines properly and safely. The
free collection service will run from 1st February to
12th March 2010.

    Speak to your local participating pharmacy                  Please avail of this
                    for details.                              opportunity to DUMP
                                                            these medicines safely
                                                                     and properly.
                                                      Why do people have unused or out-of-date                  • Ask your pharmacist to
                                                      medicines in their home?                                    put your medicines into a
                                                      Medicines can accumulate in the home for a variety of       child-resistant container.
                                                                                                                  Remember these caps are
                                                      reasons e.g. unfinished courses of antibiotics,
                                                                                                                  child-resistant not childproof!
                                                      condition/illness no longer a problem and remainder
                                                      of medication not required etc. Older people can often    • Keep all medicines, even seemingly harmless
                                                      have large amounts of medicine at home. Whatever            medicines, well out of reach and sight of children
A free collection                                                                                                 on a high shelf or in a locked press. Don’t forget
service for the safe disposal of unused or            the reason, the HSE would urge householders to take
                                                                                                                  that children can climb higher than you think!
out-of-date prescription or over the                  this opportunity to dispose of prescription or over the
counter medicines is now available in                 counter medicines safely.                                 • Ensure that your child-minder keeps medicines
pharmacies throughout Cork and Kerry.                                                                             out of your children's reach
                                                      Why do I need to take the medicines back to my
                                                                                                                • Remember that grandparents and older people
Organised by the Health Service Executive (HSE)       local pharmacist? Can I not dispose of them myself?
                                                                                                                  are more likely to have medication in their
with the community pharmacists, the ‘Dispose of       Participating pharmacies will ensure that all medicines     homes, so when visiting their house make sure
Unused Medicines Properly’ (DUMP) campaign will       returned will be disposed of safely. Medicines not          all medicines are out of children’s reach
run between 1st February and 12th March 2010.         disposed of properly can have a harmful effect on our
                                                                                                                • Always keep medicines in their original pack or
                                                      health and our environment.
                                                                                                                  bottle and do not take the label off
What is the DUMP campaign?
The Dispose of Unused Medicines Properly (DUMP)       When and to whom can I return the medicines?              • Keep your medicines in a cool, dry place, out of
campaign provides an opportunity for the general      The DUMP campaign is running between 1st February           sunlight and away from direct heat (e.g. a
                                                      and 12th March 2010. More than 200 pharmacies               radiator or fire)
public to return unwanted or out-of-date medicine
to local participating pharmacies so that it can be   throughout Cork and Kerry are participating so just ask   • Medicines should not be stored in the kitchen or
disposed of safely and properly.                      at your local pharmacy for details.                         in the bathroom. The heat and steam in these
                                                                                                                  rooms could damage the medicine
Why should I get rid of unused or out-of-date         Most households have a quantity of
                                                                                                                        • Some medicines have to be kept in the
medicines?                                            medicine in their home (even after
                                                                                                                          fridge. Check the label or leaflet if you
Removing unused or unwanted medicines from            safely disposing of unwanted or out-                                are unsure – you will see a statement
the family home, can reduce the risk of the           of-date products). How can this be                                  like “Store in a refrigerator” or “Store at
following:                                            stored safely?                                                      2°C – 8°C”. Medicines should never be in
• Accidental poisonings (particularly in children)                                                                        direct contact with food in the fridge. If
                                                      There are a number of steps you can                                 you have a freezer compartment in your
• Overdose suicide attempts
                                                                                                                          fridge, don’t put medicines in the shelf
• Inappropriate sharing of medicines                  take to ensure any medication in your
                                                                                                                          below it in case they freeze. If your
• Damage to the environment.                          house is safely stored. These include:
                                                                                                                          medicine freezes, check with your
                                                                                                                          pharmacist to see if it is still safe to use.

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