Safe Use: Rate Your Home

Please answer the following questions in order to determine the safety of your home as it relates to prescription medication.  For suggestions on how to increase the safety of your home through proper use, storage and disposal of your prescription pain medications, please review the information on this website.

  • Do you have prescription pain medications in your home?
  • When was the last time you checked your medicine cabinet for expired prescription pain medications?
  • Where do you store your prescription pain medications?
  • Do you keep prescription pain medications in the original bottle with the label attached, and with the child-resistant cap secured?
  • Have you kept prescription pain medications after their expiration date?
  • Have you kept unused prescription pain medications after your pain has been successfully treated? How long have you kept the unused prescription pain medications? More than 6 months? More than a year?
  • Have you talked about the importance of not sharing your prescription pain medications with your family members?
  • Have you talked about the importance of not taking others’ prescription pain medications with your family members?
  • Are your prescription pain medications kept in a safe place, out of reach of kids, family and guests?
  • Do you keep track of how many prescription pain pills are in your bottle so you are immediately aware if any are missing?
  • Do you dispose of all unused and expired prescription pain medications properly?
  • Do you tell your healthcare provider about ALL medicines and supplements you take?