3 Ways I Chose to Get Prescription Medications for My Bug Out Bag
Do you take prescription medications regularly? I take several everyday, and important ones at that. So for me, having prescription medications for my bug out bag is crucial. Without my medications, some pretty crazy stuff might go down. I won’t try to bite people or anything, but things could be a lot harder without it.
It seems like it would be a pretty easy task to get extra medication from a doctor for emergent situations. Heck, I’m not even talking about pain killers or anything like that, I’m simply talking about heart medicine, etc.—But unfortunately, it’s just not that easy. So below are three ways I’ve managed to get extra medication for my bug out bag. Again, these are just methods I’ve used personally and they are all perfectly legal.
1. I Put Medication Back
This method can be a bit tricky depending on the medication and how important it is. In the past, if I took a medication that I knew I could go a day or two without taking, I would do just that. I wouldn’t skip days back to back, but maybe twice a month. I know, some of you may be thinking, “How dumb!”—But this trick paid off for me during Hurricane Matthew. No, I didn’t go days without medication during the hurricane, but through using this technique, I was able to accumulate enough medication to get me through three weeks.
— ZAMonthly (@ZAMonthly) June 22, 2015
2. I Kept Older Prescription Medications for My Bug Out Bag
I know what you may be thinking about expired medications, but Harvard University has a very good article that explains the significance of an expiration date. Basically, in 1979, a law was passed that required pharmaceutical companies to place an expiration date on their medications. This is simply the date that a pharmaceutical company can guarantee the full potency and safety of a drug. It does not mean a medication is “bad” after the expiration date.
In a later study that the military requested to be conducted by the FDA, results showed that 90% of over 100 different types of expired medications were perfectly fine to be used even after 15 years from the expiration date.
3. I Purchased Three-Month Refills
This is the best option. Enough medication to last for three months. My service, Express Scripts, a great service, delivered my medications and they were cheaper. Note, not everyone can sign up with these types of services because of insurance reasons.