Safety And Medicine

Written by Tara Peris
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Most people receive instruction in safety and medicine when receiving a prescription for a particular drug. The doctor will likely specify when and how to take a new medication, as well as how to store it. Although certainly useful, an equally important approach is one that stresses more general principles of medication safety.

We are a self-medicating culture. Most people are quick to run to the drug store to obtain medicine for day-to-day ailments, and few think twice about loading up on over-the-counter treatments. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Patients often store up unused medicine (prescription cold syrup, for example) and take it at a later point in time. Worse still, they may pass their meds on to friends and family complaining of medical problems similar to their own.

The Basic Rules of Safety and Medicine

Medical professionals have expressed growing concern over issues related to safety and medicine. In particular, they have recommended the development of public health initiatives that would educate the public about the harms of taking medication that has not been prescribed formally, and about the dangers of consuming old medicine. These are increasingly common practices, especially in large families, and education is likely to prove the only remedy.

When it comes to safety and medicine, it is insufficient to receive information solely on a drug-by-drug basis. Rather, doctors should use the medical visit as a chance to educate patients about broader safety practices related to storing and using prescription drugs. A brief investment of time is likely to save everyone the hassle of unnecessary future doctor's visits.


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