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Proper Disposal of Leftover Medication Can Help to Reduce Antibiotic Resistance

Shahina Khatun



The proper disposal of the leftover medication, specially the antibiotics and the opioids can aid to reduce the antibiotic resistance and can prevent the children from being affected by food poisoning and to stop the misuse of the addition forming drugs.

A telephone survey which was conducted by the researchers of UC San Francisco had found that a fewer of the half of the pharmacies of California provided the disposal instructions meeting – US Food and Drug Administration guidelines and 10% had followed the preferred recommendation of the FDA to take back the unused medications from the customers.

For the duration of around 2 months in the early 2018 researchers who were parents and had recent surgery, spoke to the employees at around 900 pharmacies across the California and also asked them what to do with the 2 leftover medications: the antibiotic Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole trimethoprim), and the liquid Hycet (hydrocodone acetaminophen).

Medications shouldn’t be left in the cabinet of medicine as the antibiotics could be taken in an improper way for the subsequent infections that they even can’t cure but contribute to the antibiotic resistance as well as the opioids can also fall into the wrong hands. The FDA says that the antibiotics should properly be mixed up with the unpalatable substance like coffee grounds of the kitty litter and disposed in properly sealed container in trash to keep those from getting in to the water bodies or water supply.

Overall, around 47% of the pharmacies properly gave the right instructions on the use and disposal of the antibiotics and only 34% provided the right guideline for the opioids.

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