Safe Storage: Learn the Facts

Tips for Safe Storage of Prescription Pain Medications

  1. Store prescription pain medications out of reach of kids, family and guests.
  2. Know where your prescription pain medications are at all times.
  3. Keep prescription pain pills in the original bottle with the label attached, and with the child-resistant cap secured.
  4. Keep track of how many prescription pain pills are in your bottle so you are immediately aware if any are missing.
  5. Dispose of all unused and expired prescription pain medications properly.  Proper storage and disposal of all medications is essential to health and safety.

The majority of people who use prescription pain medications that are not prescribed to them report getting it from a family member or friend.1 In fact, just by having prescription pain medications in your home you are at increased risk for theft.

Just as pharmacies have expectations to protect and maintain their inventory of prescription pain medications, consumers should do the same.

Ask yourself the following:

  • Where are your prescription pain medications?
  • Did you recently count the number of prescription pain pills in your bottle?
  • Are the prescription pain pills in the original bottle with the label attached?
  • When guests drop by, are prescription pain medications moved to a non-public location?

Proper disposal of prescription pain medications reduces the impact on the environment and lessens the chance they will be abused by the public.

If you maintain emergency storage, consult with your doctor about the shelf life of your prescription pain medications and ensure they are in a safe, yet accessible, location.