• 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medication, contact your GP or local Accident & of unused/out-of-date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
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
Why do people have unused or out-of-date • Ask your pharmacist to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out-of-date prescription or over the this opportunity to dispose of prescription or over the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.