Medicine Cabinet Makeover | Risks From Expired Rx

Protection from unused or expired rx

(RYAN LECKEY, WNEP 16 NEWS) When it comes to our medicine cabinets, many of us have unused or expired prescriptions still hanging around our homes.

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New research out this month from the Journal of American Medical Association Surgery says two out of three patients are holding onto their old prescriptions a lot longer than they should which could end up in the wrong hands ranging from children to teenagers looking to get high.

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Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey took a closer look at the new study with help from area pharmacists.

Assistant Professor at Wilkes University’s School of Pharmacy Nicole Pezzino explained the new report and offered suggestions to help combat the opioid epidemic.

Experts say never flush old medications down the toilet or throw them into the trash because they could harm the environment.

To help fight the prescription drug abuse problem, The Geisinger Health System has also partnered with community pharmacies and law enforcement to implement medication disposal boxes throughout the region. READ FULL POST AT WNEP.COM