Transcript: What's Inside Your Medicine Cabinet | Jun 30, 2000

(music plays)

The opening sequence begins.

Clips of people of different ages flash on screen one by one against an animated blue sky background. First a baby boy, then a 10-year-old boy with short brown hair, a teenage girl with curly brown hair, a man in his thirties with middle-parted brown hair and glasses, and finally a woman in her sixties with long gray hair.

The title appears: "Your Health."

Maureen stands in a studio with windows and sofa chairs in the background. She is in her forties, has short, side-parted, curly blond-highlighted brown hair in a bob, and wears a blue suit.

Maureen says HI, I'M MAUREEN TAYLOR.
IF WE PEEKED INSIDE
YOUR MEDICINE CABINET,
WHAT WOULD WE FIND?
SOME PAIN RELIEVERS, A
COUPLE OF BAND-AIDS, MAYBE
AN ANTI-HISTAMINE?
BUT WHAT ARE THOSE BOTTLES
OF EXPIRED PRESCRIPTION
MEDICATION DOING IN THERE?
WHAT ARE YOU SAVING THEM FOR?
HERE'S Dr. NEIL SHEAR
ON CLEANING OUT THE
MEDICINE CUPBOARD.

Dr. Neil Shear appears in an office. On a desk is a medicine cabinet full of Band-Aids and pill bottles. He is in his late thirties, clean-shaven, with neat, short brown hair combed to one side. He is wearing a white shirt, khakis, and a light brown, patterned tie.

Dr. Neil Shear says ALMOST EVERYONE HAS A
PHARMACY IN THEIR HOME...
THE MEDICINE CABINET.
THERE'S TWO VERY IMPORTANT
THINGS TO REMEMBER ABOUT A
MEDICINE CABINET.
FIRST OF ALL, THESE
MEDICATIONS CAN BE
DANGEROUS IF THEY'RE NOT
TAKEN BY THE RIGHT PERSON,
AND ESPECIALLY IF THEY'RE
TAKEN BY CHILDREN.

A caption reads "Dr. Neil Shear."

He continues
EVEN YOUR REGULAR
OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATION
CAN BE DANGEROUS TO A CHILD, SO
YOU HAVE TO KEEP THE MEDICINE
CABINET UP HIGH AND OUT
OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
YOU ALSO HAVE TO KEEP
IT LOCKED OR LATCHED.
SOME WAY, TRY AND CHILDPROOF
THE CABINET SO CHILDREN CAN'T
GET IN VERY EASILY.
THE OTHER THING THAT PEOPLE
ARE CONCERNED ABOUT IS THE
SAFETY OF THEIR MEDICATION.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT EXPIRES?

Clips play of a variety of pill boxes in a grocery store.

Back in the office, Dr. Shear says WELL, THE EXPIRY DATE IS REALLY
A ROUGH GUIDE OF WHEN A
MEDICATION STARTS TO LOSE SOME
OF ITS POTENCY OR DOESN'T
WORK QUITE AS WELL
AS IT USED TO.
AND ALSO, PEOPLE KEEP
THINGS IN ODD CONTAINERS.
IF YOU HAVE SOMETHING YOU CAN'T
POSSIBLY IDENTIFY, LIKE THIS
LITTLE PLASTIC SLIDE
CONTAINER FILLED WITH A MESS
OF PILLS, THERE'S ONLY ONE
WAY TO DEAL WITH THIS:
THROW IT OUT!

He picks up a plastic container and opens it. The container is filled with colourful pills. A moment later, he shuts the container and throws it off to the side.
Dr. Shear continues
GET RID OF IT.
AND DON'T JUST THROW IT
INTO YOUR OWN GARBAGE.
IDEALLY, YOU SHOULD TAKE IT
TO YOUR PHARMACY SO THEY CAN
DISPOSE OF IT PROPERLY.
THERE ARE OTHER THINGS THAT
YOU NEED TO KEEP IN YOUR
MEDICINE CABINET, THOUGH.
ONCE YOU'VE CLEANED IT ALL OUT
AND GOT RID OF THE OLD STUFF,
WHAT'S WORTH KEEPING?
WELL, I LIKE TO KEEP SOME
OINTMENTS, ESPECIALLY
ANTI-BIOTIC OINTMENTS.
THEY'RE REALLY GOOD IF YOU CUT,
SCRAPE YOURSELF IN THE GARDEN
OR IN THE GARAGE.
YOU CAN CLEAN OFF THE WOUND
WITH SOME SOAP AND WATER AND
THEN USE THE ANTIBIOTIC OINTMENT
AND PERHAPS COVER IT WITH A
BANDAGE WHEN YOU'RE FINISHED.
AND IF THERE'S PAIN OR SWELLING
THAT YOU'RE HAVING OR
SUFFERING FROM, THEN PAINKILLERS
AND ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES ARE
VERY EASY TO KEEP AROUND.
KEEP THEM IN THEIR ORIGINAL
CONTAINERS AND KEEP THEM
WITH THEIR CHILD
PROOF CAPS INTACT.
DON'T MESS WITH THOSE.
SO, YOU REALLY HAVE TO GO
THROUGH YOUR MEDICINE CABINET.
THINK ABOUT WHAT'S IN THERE,
WHAT YOU REALLY NEED.
AND IF YOU KEEP STUFF,
MAKE SURE IT'S SAFE.
SAFELY CONTAINED AND SAFELY
AWAY FROM CHILDREN.

A slate reads "Viewers should consult their own medical professional for advice specific to their individual circumstances."

A production of TVO Ontario, copyright The Ontario Educational Communications Authority 2000.

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