The days of keeping your medication in the bathroom cabinet are long gone. Not only can children get into them, you’re giving teenagers easy access to drugs that they may want to take recreationally.
If you have children or teenagers of your own, or have kids who visit your home, you should consider options other than the bathroom cabinet in order to keep them safe. It doesn’t matter if you have prescriptions, OTC medicines or even vitamins, any drug or supplement can cause harm if taken improperly.
In this three part series, we’ll take a look at why you should keep your medications locked up, a few tips on where to keep them, and how to dispose of them safely when you no longer need them.
If you haven’t thought about why you should keep your medicines away from the children and teens in your home, here are a few reasons why it should be a top priority in order to keep your family safe. If you need alcohol and drug treatment in Raleigh NC, please call Legacy Freedom. We can help you.
Storing and Disposing of Your Meds
You can protect your children from accidental poisoning.
According to research, 67,000 children in the U.S. go to the emergency room each year because of an accidental drug poisoning. It’s not only prescription drugs that children get into that can cause harm. Kids may think vitamins are candy because they’re often colorful, and some come in gummy textures. Even though they may seem harmless, high doses of some vitamins can be fatal. Many multivitamins have iron in them, which can cause organ failure in high doses. Herbal supplements can also have harmful effects, even in small doses. A child metabolizes drugs differently than an adult, so even something that is not considered toxic to an adult can be for a child.
You can protect your teenager from experimenting with drugs.
In the past month, over 6 million people over the age of 12 have used prescription drugs recreationally. It’s natural for a teenager to be curious about drugs, especially if he or she has friends who have used them, but it doesn’t mean he or she should try them. In addition to educating your kids about the dangers of drug use, you can keep the temptation at bay by securing your prescription drugs, especially if you have pain relievers, muscle relaxers or anti-anxiety medicine.
You can protect yourself from liability.
You can’t keep an eye on everyone in your home all the time. If your children or teen’s friends come over, you’re responsible for them. If a teen’s friend steals pills from you and gets sick or overdoses while in your home, not only are you personally responsible, but you could be liable legally. Keep your medications stored safely and away from your kid’s guests as well as any other visitor in your home. Family members or friends could also rummage through your medicine cabinet and steal pills without you knowing.
In the next part of this series we’ll take a look at how to keep drugs and vitamins safely in your home.
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