Are your medicines secure?

An alarming number of Aussie households are failing to store medicines away from little hands.

Are your medicines out of reach of small hands?

Around half of all Aussie households are likely to have insecurely stored medicine, according to a Galaxy survey contducted by NPS MedicineWIse.

Of those who responded to the survey, 18 per cent had medicine next to a bed in the house and another 18 per cent had medicine sitting on a shelf in the kitchen or living room. A further 14 per cent had medicine in the fridge.

The survey found households with children are just as likely to have insecurely stored medicine as households in which there are no children.

This is concerning given how easily accidents can happen.

“It’s important to always keep medicine in a safe place,” says Dr Jill Thistlethwaite, NPS MedicineWise Medical Adviser and GP.

“This can be a safe place in the home at least 1.5 metres from the ground out of sight and reach of children. When travelling or out and about, always pay attention to where you put your handbag or backpack if you’re carrying medicines.”

Dr Thistlethwaite said children were naturally curious and could easily swallow medicine left within their reach.

“Medicine not meant for them, possibly taken in multiple doses, can have frightening effects on their little bodies,” she said.

“If a child has accidently taken medicine, it’s important to act quickly by contacting a healthcare professional or the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26.”