Medicines help us by curing and managing diseases as well as alleviating symptoms. While it’s common for medications to be stored in our homes, those stored medicines can put you and your loved ones at risk of harm. In fact, most people who misuse prescription drugs get them from family or friends.
Medications that are expired should not be taken and should be disposed of properly. Likewise, medicines should be taken only as prescribed and should never be taken to treat other issues or used for recreational purposes (like opioids).
Here are some helpful tips to keep you, your family, and friends safe:
– Store medications in secure locations in lockable locations
– Avoid storage in places that children can access, such as dressers, nightstands, and kitchen counters and cabinets.
– Dispose of medications properly and as soon as they are no longer needed
Questions? We are here to help you. Please contact CAHS’ Prevention Division at 225-925-1906 for answers.