Safe Storage: Learn The Facts

  • Store medications out of reach of kids, family and guests.
  • Know where your medications are at all times.
  • Keep prescribed medications in the original container with the label attached, and the child-resistant cap secured.
  • Keep track of the number of pills are in your prescription so you are immediately aware if any are missing.
  • Dispose of all unused and expired 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.

Proper disposal of medications reduces the impact on the environment and lessens the chance they will be misused or abused.

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

References

  1. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5906a1.htm