Islanders are being urged to take unwanted and out of date medicines to pharmacies for safe disposal.
In a two-week awareness campaign, all Jersey pharmacies will be highlighting the dangers of accidental poisonings particularly for children and vulnerable adults. The campaign called, Dispose of Unwanted Medicines Properly (DUMP) will run from today, June 2nd until the 15th.
States of Jersey Prescribing Adviser, Paul McManus says: "Accumulating medicines in the home that are no longer needed can be a safety issue for the very young, as well as the vulnerable elderly who may confuse one medicine in a packed cupboard for another. We know that problems with prescription medicines account for about 1 in 20 hospital admissions and hoarding medicines that are no longer needed makes such problems more likely."
The awareness campaign will run for two weeks, but pharmacies take unwanted medicines for disposal throughout the year. For further information visit: www.gov.je/medicineaware
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