I bet everybody reading this can dig around in their home for just a minute or two and find prescription and over-the-counter medicines that should have been gotten rid of long ago.

We all have drugs that are old and expired or no longer needed. Some of them might be very potent and harmful if taken contrary to a doctor’s orders or in the wrong dose. There are lots of reasons we shouldn’t keep these drugs around. Unknowing young children could find and ingest them and become very sick. The medicines could also be harmful to household pets.

Barry S. Faile is sheriff of Lancaster County.