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The Poor Woman's Survival Guide

MEDICINE
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If you have any medical condition you will need to store some medicine.

In many emergencies the first thing most relief organizations try to provide for, after food and water, are medicines.  People who have diabetes I (those who take insulin) are among the first to die.
 
The long term storage of insulin is difficult during normal times, during an emergency it may be impossible.  Other medicines have a short shelf life.  If they are not properly stored they may become useless in just a few months.
 
Factors which affect their storage are moisture, heat, cold and sunlight to name a few.  Keep the manufacturers seal on them if at all possible.
 
Contact the manufacturer of your medicines and ask about storing the medicine for long term.  Follow their advice.
 
If you need over the counter medicines, such as antacids, asprin, and cough syrup, make sure that you put some away.

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