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Medication and Health Safety in Scranton, PA

A Pennsylvania woman was sentenced in May 2014 for tampering with children's medication and then returning it to the store, sealed. She had allegedly removed the pain relief medication and then replaced it with iron supplements and muscle relaxers. Though much has been done to makeover-the-counter medications tamper-resistant, there is no such thing as tamper proof, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Scranton, PA consumers should not panic, but should implement some simple tips into their shopping and over-the-counter medication use habits. For example, did you know that over-the-counter products actually list the ways that they are tamper-proof on their label? Before you use a product, read the label and check to ensure that the tamper-evident features are all as they should be. If you see a problem, immediately contact the authorities. If you don't notice until after you have already taken the medication, also contact your doctor. The doctor may recommend testing the contents and testing you, just to be sure.

The FDA offers other tips for consumers in regard to tamper-resistant packaging:

  • Don't buy a product that has opened outer packaging. Take it to the pharmacist or store manager and turn it in.
  • Carefully inspect the medication. Does it look as it should with appropriate markings? Does it look the same as the package illustrates? If there are tears or cuts in the packaging, do not use it.
  • Never take medication when in the dark. Make sure you have adequate light to regularly inspect medication and packaging.

Medication safety also includes its safe disposal. Your doctor or other health care specialist can help you identity any safe medication disposal facilities available to you locally. Never flush medication down the toilet as it is not always removed through city water sanitation processes. An NBC News report from 2008 told of the hazard of pharmaceuticals found in the drinking water of 41 million Americans.

Though the amounts were trace amounts and the water sanitation services stated the drinking water was safe, health officials still expressed concern about the wide variety of drugs and the combinations thereof found in the water. This included convulsion preventatives, sex hormones, mood stabilizers and antibiotics. Knowing and sharing this information with everyone you know will go very far in reducing the surprising and harmful effects of misused drugs on unsuspecting people.