Using Over-the-Counter Medication Safely

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 4, 2021

woman reading medicine label

While the widespread misuse of prescriptions continues to dominate most of the conversation surrounding safe medicine use, parents and caregivers also need to be aware of the potentially deadly dangers of over-the-counter (OTC) medication misuse.

Do you need help with properly using over-the-counter medication? If so, is a great resource. Here are just a few of the site’s features:


OTC Medicine Label Reader  – Check out this sample, interactive medicine label to learn more about each of the sections.

Keep Track of Your Medicine and Dosing  – Use this chart to organize your medication.

Safe Medicine Storage During Travel  – See these tips and learn how to safely store and use medication when you’re away from home.


There are also several safe ways to safely dispose of your unused or expired over-the-counter medicine. Check out a few on 

And don't forget to participate in the next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day! This event, held twice a year, is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of any medication you have in your home - prescription or OTC. Learn more here. If you missed Take Back Day, you can still drop off your unused or expired prescription medication at locations in your community all year. Find out where. 

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