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MEDICATION DISPOSAL: HOW TO SAFELY GET RID OF UNWANTED MEDICINE

Part 3 of 4 - Protecting identity and personal information


Did you know that someone could potentially get your older adult’s name pharmacy, prescription, and doctor’s information off of one prescription label?

Even with this little bit of information they could go about committing insurance fraud and prescription fraud, all in your older adult’s name.


To prevent this from happening, the Federal Trade Commission has recommendations for preventing identity fraud when it comes to your medical records and prescriptions.

It’s highly recommended that you remove and shred all prescription labels prior to medication disposal.


If you don’t have a portable shredder at home, you can collect all the prescription labels and take them to your local Office Depot or UPS store to get them securely shredded for a small fee.


If you’re donating unused medicine, the prescription label may have an expiration date on it. Ask the organization where you’re donating what to do with the label before you remove it from the bottle/packaging.

Original article on Caring .com



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