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How do I store medications to avoid accidental poisonings?

Jill A. Grimes, MD
Family Medicine
To avoid accidental poisonings from medications, it is important to have a special, truly childproof medicine storage area in your home. Realize that kids always have and always will stick things in their mouths without thinking. All medications, especially those that look pretty, need to be in childproof containers and put away out of reach from little hands. Over-the-counter medications and vitamins also cause accidental poisonings. All pills should be stored behind locked cabinets when you've got children in your home -- living there or visiting.

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