Maintain a Current List of Your Medications
Bring a list of your medicines with you to the hospital. While you're in the hospital, it's important for you and your doctor to talk about your medicines. Tell your doctor and nurse everything you're taking, including:
- Prescription medicines
- Over-the-counter medicines (like aspirin and cough medicine)
- Medicines that a family member or friend gave you
- Herbal products
Taking Your Medicines
- Let your doctor and nurse know if you have any allergies or have had previous reactions to any drugs, foods or latex.
- Ask your nurse or doctor about your medicines-what they are, what they look like, what they do, when they are given and what side effects should be expected and reported.
- Make sure that the staff verifies your name and date of birth before giving you any medicine.
- Look at all medicines before you take them. If you do not recognize a medicine, let your nurse know.
- While in the hospital you must not take medicines that you brought from home. You should give them to your nurse until you leave the hospital or give them to someone to take home for you.
Safe Drug Drop-Off
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, in conjunction with the Los Angeles County Departments of Public Health and Public Works present the "Safe Drug Drop-Off" Program. The program provides an opportunity for residents to safely and anonymously surrender any unused or expired prescriptions, over the counter medications, "SHARPS" (needles), or any other controlled substances. There will be no questions asked. We just want to get it off the streets.
Participating Sheriff Stations >>
Printable Medication Card
My Meds Schedule