As temperatures drop below freezing, you might want to make sure you’re storing your medications in a warm enough spot.
Baystate Health said extreme heat or extreme cold can physically change your medications, and their effectiveness. Even a short time in extreme temperatures can have impact prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Meds meant to be stored at room temperature, which shouldn’t be in less than 58 degrees.
The overdose-reversal drug naloxone can totally freeze in low temperatures, and extreme heat or cold can make it less effective.
Hector Diaz of Northampton said that information wasn’t included in his Narcan training, “They used to come down and make a speech about that. How to use it, how to squeeze it in their nose. But they should be carrying that, because it could save their life.”
Naloxone should be kept out of sunlight and stored somewhere neither too hot or cold. People should also check the expiration date.