Our colleague Zuzana Dankulincova as national editor of Slovak version of European Health Psychology Society has recently picked up very interesting blog “What happens with medication when they go home?” by Kerry Chamberlain, Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand available now on Practical Health Psychology
What do people do with medications once they enter the home? Surprisingly, limited research has attempted to answer that question. Yet, it is important – most medications are consumed at home under the control of the consumer. Prescription medicines are regulated, but once prescribed and collected, they are presumed to be taken as directed. People also can access and use a wide range of over-the-counter medications (e.g., for pain relief), alternative medications (e.g., homeopathic preparations), and other health-related preparations that are less obviously medications (e.g., dietary supplements, probiotic drinks). However, we should note that access to all forms of medication can vary considerably between countries.