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A blog devoted to helping people find local medicine take-back programs and highlighting current research findings and pending legislation.

FDA fentanyl patches

FDA warns fentanyl patches a danger to children

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a consumer advisory on Wednesday, reminding people to properly store, use, apply, and dispose of fentanyl patches. Young children, particularly those under two years of age, can be seriously harmed or killed if they come into contact with the patches, even ones that have already been used.

The upcoming DEA Drug Take-Back on April 28th would be a good way to get unneeded fentanyl patches out of the house. The FDA's advisory serves as an important reminder that all medications, both human and veterinary, should be properly used, stored, and disposed of to prevent harm to people, animals, and the environment.

Check out the FDA's video "Lock It Up: Medicine Safety in Your Home".

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