Now that school is out and summer is here, Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to catch up with family and friends. Whether you are traveling this weekend or hosting guests in your home, it is always important to keep your medications safe and secure.
In Tennessee, 55 percent of people using prescription drugs recreationally got them from a friend or relative, according to the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
Here are some tips for preventing your prescription medications from getting into the wrong hands.
- Count your pills. CLD recommends counting your pills once every two weeks to prevent theft and ensure medications are being taken properly.
- Lock up your pills.
- Purchase a lock box. Boxes can be purchased online or at a local drug store. Contact your local coalition to see if a lock box is available to you for no charge.
- Hide your lock box in a safe and secure location where others would not think to look.
- Drop off your pills. Get any unused or expired medications out of your home by disposing of them at a drop box in your area.
Counting your prescription drugs, locking them away and getting the expired pills out of your home will ensure peace of mind while you spend time with your loved ones.