Many families have medicine cabinets full of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to treat everything from minor ailments to serious diseases. Medications can improve the quality of your life or even save it, but they should only be taken at the proper dosages and only by the people who need them.
Pills and liquid medications can be extremely dangerous to children, pets, and anyone who hasn’t been prescribed them. In addition, some medications may be targeted for theft to be taken recreationally or to be sold.
You can protect your family from being injured by medications by taking the following precautions:
- Keep medications in locked cabinets out of reach of small children. Small children may mistake pills for candy. Accidental ingestion can put them at risk of suffering severe and even life-threatening side effects. Always put medications in locations where children can’t reach or access them.
- Never leave prescription bottles in plain sight. Pain medications, anxiolytics, anti-depressants, and muscle relaxants are just a few drugs that are commonly abused or sold illegally. They can also cause potentially fatal side effects if they’re consumed in high doses. Keep these medications in safe places out of plain sight.
At Ferrer, Poirot & Wansbrough, we know the healing powers of medications, but we also know the dangers they pose when they’re taken for the wrong reasons or by people who weren’t prescribed them.
If you or someone you love was hurt by a medication, you may be eligible for compensation. Contact our drug injury lawyers today. Give us a call and find out how we can help—our consultations are always free.