Medications are powerful chemicals, and should be treated with care. When safely stored, they pose less danger to curious children, are less likely to be stolen by risk-taking teens, are less likely to be a target for theft, and are less likely to be taken by mistake.
- Take medicines OUT of the bathroom cabinet and secure them in a place only you know about.
- Store your medications OUT OF VIEW and REACH of young children, family, and guests.
- Keep medicines in a LOCKED box or a private cabinet your teen or their friends cannot easily access.
- Keep prescriptions in the ORIGINAL container with a LABEL and the child-resistant cap SECURED.
- KEEP AN EYE on how many pills you have, so you are quickly aware if any are missing.
- Dispose of your unused medications often and properly.
Why practice safe storage?
- Between 5% and 12% of Windsor, Sullivan, and Grafton County teens say they used medications in the last 30 days without a prescription.
- 4 of 10 teens think that using medications without a prescription is not dangerous.
- VT students who report using non-prescribed medications also reported higher rates of tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use.
- Medication lock boxes can be purchased for $20+/-, and you can often find them at drug stores near where you live.