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Buy Empty Medicine Bottles

Matthew 25: Ministries accepts donations of empty plastic pill bottles for inclusion in shipments of medical supplies. Our pill bottle program fulfills the dual needs of improving medical care in developing countries and caring for our environment.

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Medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning and flushed or trashed medicines can end up polluting our waters. To prevent misuse and pollution, dispose of any leftover medicine at a temporary take-back location in local law enforcement offices and pharmacies. Visit the Take Back Your Meds website to find a drop-off site near you.

We have a wide variety of amber medicine bottles available. There are a ton of different sizes for all your liquid pharmaceuticals. Whether you have a small, potent tincture or a surplus of over-the-counter cough syrup, our liquid medicine bottle line can handle it all.

Some OTC medicines (including some that treat headache and nausea) contain aspirin. So always read labels and check with your doctor or pharmacist before using them. Also, some aspirin-containing medicines use words other than aspirin, such as salicylate or acetylsalicylate. Avoid those too.

Double check. First, check to make sure you have the correct prescription. Many prescription and medicine bottles look the same, so make sure your child's name is on the label and it's the medicine that the doctor recommended or prescribed.

Read all instructions. Both prescription and OTC medicines usually come with printed inserts about common side effects and further instructions on how to take the medicine. Be sure to read all information carefully before beginning the medicine. The label may instruct you to shake a liquid medicine before using so that the active ingredients are evenly distributed throughout it. Call the doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

With or without food? All prescription medicines have labels or instructions about how to take them. For example, "take with food or milk" means the medicine may upset an empty stomach or that food may improve its absorption. In this case, your child should eat a snack or meal right before or after taking the medicine.

Another common instruction on prescription medicines is "take on an empty stomach," in which case your child should take the medicine 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal because food may prevent the medicine from working properly or may delay or reduce its absorption. Some medicines interact only with certain foods or nutrients, such as dairy products, so be sure to check the label for other instructions.

The right dose. Giving the correct dose is important because most medicines need to be taken in a certain amount and at certain times to be effective. The dose will be written on the prescription label or, on OTC medicines, should be printed on the package insert, product box, or product label.

Never use tableware or a kitchen spoon to measure medicine because these don't provide standard measurements. Instead, get a measuring device designed to deliver accurate medicine doses from your local pharmacy or drugstore.

Some medicine dispensers for infants and toddlers look like pacifiers. With these, you put the medicine in a small measuring cup attached to a pacifier, and then give the pacifier to the baby to suck. Most of the medicine slips past the taste buds, making it go down easily.

Never call medicine candy to try to get your child to take it. This can backfire, and a child could accidentally overdose by taking dangerous medicine thinking it's a tasty treat. Instead, explain that medicine can make your child feel better, but must always be taken with you or another caregiver supervising.

After giving your child a dose of medicine, be on the lookout for side effects or allergic reactions. The pharmacist or product packaging may warn you about specific side effects, such as drowsiness or hyperactivity.

If your child develops wheezing, has trouble breathing, or difficulty swallowing after taking a medicine, seek emergency help by calling 911 or going to the emergency department immediately. These could be symptoms of a serious allergic reaction that requires emergency care.

Be as careful about storing medicines as you are about giving the correct dose. Read the medicine's instructions. Some drugs need to be refrigerated, but most should be stored in a cool, dry location away from direct sunlight.

Your bathroom's medicine cabinet is a poor choice for storing most medicines because of the humidity and moisture from the tub or shower. Instead, store medicines in their original containers in a dry, locked location that kids can't reach. Above-counter kitchen cabinets are great spots if they are away from the stove, sink, and hot appliances.

Child-resistant caps can be hard even for adults to open. But protect your kids by re-locking and recapping child-resistant bottles properly. Kids can sometimes open the cap, so it's important to lock away all medicines. If any visitors to your house have medicine in their bags, purses, or coat pockets, make sure they put those out of sight and out of reach.

If your child accidentally takes medicine, call the Poison Control Center right away for guidance at 1-800-222-1222. Put this number in your cellphone and post it where others can see it in your home.

Pill bottles are indeed recyclable, so long as certain conditions are met before putting them in your curbside recycling bin. It must also be noted that not all municipalities take pill bottles as part of plastic recycling. A good rule of thumb is to call your town's sanitation department to ask if they take them. You can also clarify if they accept them through curbside pickup or dropoff.

According to SingleCare, the most common prescription medication bottles are made from No. 5 plastic or polypropylene, which is considered recyclable plastic. Others may be molded from different plastics, though most of these plastics are accepted by municipal recycling programs. Still, it doesn't hurt to check with your municipality first, just to see if they take that number through curbside recycling.

Once the pill bottle is completely empty, peel off or block out the label in some way. Peeling it off is better because it ensures that no excess paper is going to end up in the recycling mechanism when the plastic arrives at the recycling plant. Also, we recommend checking your municipality's website regarding whether or not bottle caps are recyclable near you. Some municipalities prefer bottle caps be left on, others prefer you throw the caps in the bin separate from the bottles, and others ask that you throw bottle caps in the trash before recycling bottles.

There are a number of different organizations that accept old pill bottles. If you have already contacted your pharmacy about medication reconciliation, you may want to ask if they take back pill bottles as well. That way, you can kill two birds with one stone. Of course, you could donate them as well.

Cincinnati-based Matthew 25: Ministries is an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization. The organization accepts donations of plastic pill bottles, which it then repurpose and send out to help those in need. According to the website, Matthew 25: Ministries accept prescription and over-the-counter pill bottles, as well as large and small pill bottles. It also accepts pill bottles with and without child-resistant caps.

Follow any specific disposal instructions on the prescription drug labeling or patient information that accompanies the medicine. Do not flush medicines down the sink or toilet unless this information specifically instructs you to do so.

The Montgomery Chapter of The Links, Inc., is collecting the empty pills bottles between Oct. 13 and Nov. 3, and again from Jan. 3 through Jan. 31. Bottles dropped off at the UPS stores before or after that time will not be accepted, said Sandra McGruder of The Links, Montgomery.

Labels are to be removed from the pill bottles. Donations for shipping are welcome, as Links sends the bottles to Matthew 25: Ministries in Ohio. From there, the pills are shipped to countries including Haiti, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and Guyana.

"These these bottles will give an opportunity for treatment for those persons who need maintenance health, preventive health, as well as treatment for diseases," Deborah. C. Thomas of the Montgomery Chapter of The Links Inc. has said. "We definitely want to close the disparities regarding health issues in Third World countries. This will be a magnificent impact."

Another great aspect of pill bottles is that they're designed to keep prescription drugs dry. If you're a gardener, these containers make great, moisture-proof storage containers so your dried seeds can overwinter in a place where they won't be likely to rot. Consider pill containers for any small stuff you want to keep dry.

Pill bottles are discreet and tinted, and can be stashed in any little hideyhole. U.S. quarters are the perfect diameter to fit into a normal prescription bottle, so you can always have a supply for a parking meter, a vending machine or the laundromat. If you want to stuff a rolled-up wad of cash in a pill bottle, that will fit, too.

If you do any craft, from sewing to woodworking to beading, pill bottles make great containers for your workbench. Fill them with pins, screws, beads or any other tiny material or tool you need to keep organized. You can even hot glue the lids to a shelf at eye level for easy viewing and access.

To convert your old cholesterol medicine container into a chip bag clip, simply fold the opening of the bag vertically in thirds, then fold the top down a few inches. Cover the opening of the pill bottle with the folded top of the bag and press the cap down over the bag, matching the bottle opening and cap together with the bag sandwiched in between. Twist the cap until it locks closed. 041b061a72


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