You have friends and family over to your home. You may have grandchildren who are lively and observant, and play around in your bedroom, bathrooms or kitchen. If you have prescription opioids in your home, it’s good to be very mindful of where to keep them.
The National Safety Council compares the importance of storing opioid medications securely to locking up a firearm. That is a powerful way to think about this.
Here are three top tips from the council to consider when you have opioids in your home:
• Choose a location in your house that is up and away and out of sight of children
and visitors. Install a lock or use a locking medicine cabinet.
• Return medication to your secure location after every use. Avoid leaving medication or pill containers on counter-tops, tables or nightstands in open view where they can be easily accessed by others.
• Do not keep loose pills in easily opened plastic bags or containers in your purse, luggage or office drawer. Locking travel cases are available to carry prescription medicines.
Here is a information sheet for those who have these types of painkillers in their homes. We hope this gets you thinking about the way you may store your prescription painkillers. Accidents happen, and we need to do everything we can to avoid them. (Click here to see a larger version).