LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that 9 out of 10 unintentional child poisonings occur in the home.
Dr. Janie Robles, an Assistant Professor at Texas Tech's School of Pharmacy says one way to protect kids is to never throw whole medicine in the trash.
Dr. Robles, Pharm.D., says, "One of the safest ways to dispose of medication is to place with dirt or cat litter and grinding it up and throwing it in the trash. There is some medication you can dispose of down the drain or down the toilet but there is a certain amount you don't want to because it can contaminate the water supply".
Dr. Robles says to call medicine what it is, never refer to it as candy, and be sure to keep drugs and cleaning fluids in their original containers and high up out of reach from small children. She strongly suggests everyone should put the National Poison Control Hotline Number in their cell phones 1-800-222-1222.