Pharmacy boss makes medicine safety plea

A safety plea has been issued by health chiefs over unused medication being stored at home.

The head of pharmacy at NHS Borders, Alison Wilson, said she doesn’t want people to be hoarders.

She was speaking at the launch of Medicines Waste Awareness Week which starts on Monday.

People are being urged to check their cupboards and return medicines that aren’t needed to their local chemists for safe disposal.

Ms Wilson said : “Having stocks of unused or unwanted medicine is unsafe.

“Many people do not complete a course of medicine, or frequently tick all the boxes on repeat prescriptions even if those medicines are no longer required. They are then tidied away into a cupboard and forgotten about.

“Not only is this a waste of money, it could also be dangerous if the medicines got into the wrong hands.”