NHS Surrey campaign as £6m spent on unneeded drugs

Image caption NHS Surrey said about £6m was spent on buying drugs that were never used last year

About £6m was spent on buying medicine that was never used in Surrey last year, the NHS has said.

A campaign has now begun in the county urging people not to over-order medicines.

NHS Surrey said many people taking medication for long-term conditions had repeat prescriptions.

The NHS said most people ordered what they required, but some people over-ordered or stocked up on drugs that were then no longer needed.

Some of the medicines also went of date before they could be used and there was a safety issue because it was unsafe to stockpile drugs at home, NHS Surrey said.

A nationwide campaign called Waste Medicine Surrey has begun to urge people to think what medicines they need before they order them.

The NHS said unwanted medicine should never be put out with household rubbish or flushed down the toilet, but returned to a local pharmacy where drugs can be disposed of safely.

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