As a parent, grandparent, or family member, it’s important that you organize and keep track of your medication. It’s also an excellent idea to lock up any controlled substances that have been prescribed for you. These include medications such as hydromorphone (Dilaudid®), oxycodone (OxyContin® and Percocet®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), and alprazolam (Xanax®).The theft and abuse of prescription medicines is a serious problem.
You play a big role in keeping these powerful medicines out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them. Since it is dangerous, as well as illegal, for anyone but you to use a controlled substance prescribed for you, a locked storage area can help keep a stranger or someone else from gaining access to them. By keeping track of and locking up your medications you are helping to prevent an accidental injury, as well as do your part to stop the possible abuse of prescription medicines.
Learn About Medication Drop Boxes
When medications are no longer needed it is important to dispose of them properly. Medication take-back programs are a good way to safely dispose of most types of unneeded medications.