Volume No. :   4

Issue No. :  2

Year :  2014

ISSN Print :  2231-5683

ISSN Online :  2231-5691


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Disposal of Leftover Drugs in Ghana



Address:   Aboagye, V. S.1* and Kyei, K. A.2
1Family Health Hospital, P. O. Box 669, Teshie-Accra, Ghana.
2University of Ghana, School of Allied Health Sciences, College of Health Sciences, P.O. Box KB 143, Korle-Bu, Accra, Ghana
*Corresponding Author
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ABSTRACT:
The handling of drugs has become an issue of great concern in recent times. This study was conducted in Ghana to find out how leftover drugs are disposed of or otherwise handled. Two hundred questionnaires were randomly distributed and completed by individuals from the ages of 15 years and above. The responses were then collected and analyzed using Statistical for Social Sciences (SPSS), version 16. The survey revealed that majority of the people living at the study site do not dispose of leftover drugs but rather leave them for future use either for themselves or for family members and friends when the need arises. The result of these actions lead to self medication, drug abuse and toxicity when unknown expired or deteriorated drugs are taken in. The study suggested several provision that could be made at the various pharmacies or healthcare centres where leftover drugs may be properly disposed off. The general public were also counselled to desist from hoarding leftover drugs at home.
KEYWORDS:
Leftover; Medication; Proper disposal; Prescribing.
Cite:
Aboagye, V. S., Kyei, K. A.. Disposal of Leftover Drugs in Ghana. Asian J. Pharm. Res. 4(2): April-June 2014; Page 84-91.
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