Survey Shows ‘Alarming’ Number of Parents Share Leftover Antibiotics

November 7, 2018

Nearly half of parents save leftover antibiotics, and many later share them with their children, according to research presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition.

Senior author Ruth Milanaik, DO, FAAP, said it’s “alarming” that 48.2 percent of parents surveyed had kept unused antibiotics rather than disposing of them properly.

Of those who reported saving antibiotics, 73 percent said they shared the drugs with someone else—siblings, unrelated children, unrelated adults—without consulting a medical professional. Milanaik said more resources should be devoted to educating families about safe use and disposal of antibiotics, and the dangers of using them unnecessarily.