Safe Medicine Storage
STORE MEDICATIONS IN SECURE LOCATIONS
The gold standard of medication storage is lock-boxes, medication safes, or other lockable spaces. You could also purchase timer or combination lock caps for your prescription opiates.
TIMER OR COMBINATION LOCK CAPS
Timer and combination lock caps will not deter someone from taking an entire bottle, but people with substance use disorder typically only take a few pills so as not to be caught. Timer caps reset to zero each time the bottle is opened so that a person can know how long it has been since the last dosage or if someone else has opened the bottle and possibly taken some of the medicine. Combination lock pill bottles serve as a deterrent for children and others who may want to easily access prescription pain medicine.
AVOID COMMON, EASILY ACCESSED STORAGE PLACES
Drawers, nightstands, kitchen and bathroom cabinets are easily accessed by children, family & friends and visitors. We are creatures of habit and most people tend to keep their medicines in one of these locations. If someone is looking for prescription pain medication to misuse, they will often find them in these locations.
SAFE MEDICATION STORAGE CHECKLIST
Print and share this handy checklist with friends, family and neighbors to help ensure that prescription medications are stored safely in your own home and in the homes of your neighbors. With your help, we CAN keep dangerous drugs off the streets and out of the hands of our children and loved ones.
- Ask your pharmacist if the medicine you have been prescribed may have the potential for abuse
- Store medications in a secure location
- Avoid common, easily accessed storage places (drawers, nightstands, bathroom & kitchen cabinets)
- Keep medicine in a cool, dry place
- Keep medicine out of the reach of children and pets
- Store medicine in its original container (the label provides important information about the medicine)
- Keep an updated list of all prescription medicine in your home
- Take an inventory of the medicines in your home twice a year
- Properly dispose of unneeded or expired medicine
- Talk to your pharmacist about how to properly dispose of unused or unwanted medicine*
*Find additional information online at www.cpsummit.org