Fall into Drug Safety: Safeguard Unused Prescription Drugs

As the colder weather approaches, we start preparing to spend more time indoors. Now’s the time to make sure our windows and doors are in good shape, have the furnace inspected and cleaned, and take the car in for winterizing.

What many of us don’t think about, are the less visible dangers that may be present in our homes, specifically, prescription medications. In the wrong hands, prescription drugs can quickly turn from helpful to harmful.

Safeguard Your Prescription Drugs

prescription drugs, gateway alcohol and drug treatment centersPrescription pills in the household may “disappear” without the owner’s consent. If you have prescription drugs in your home, ask yourself:  What prescription drugs do I have? Where are they kept? Would I notice if some were missing?

You can take immediate steps to limit access to prescription and also over-the-counter medicines. Here’s how:

  • Conceal their location, monitor the quantities, and control access to them
  • Set clear rules for teens about drug use, including not sharing medicine and following the prescriber’s advice and dosage
  • Be a good role model – follow the above rules yourself
  • Discuss safeguarding medications with your friends and family
  • Properly dispose of old or unused medications

If taken accidentally, pharmaceutical and over-the-counter drugs can be especially harmful to a child, pet or anyone else. Possible harmful effects include breathing difficulties, heart problems, and possibly, death.

The experts at Gateway Treatment Centers are available to answer any questions you may have about substance abuse. We wish you a happy, healthy fall!

For More information about prescription drug abuse, visit RecoverGateway.org/RxDrugs

If you or someone you love is struggling with prescription drug abuse, Gateway can help. Call our 24-Hour Helpline at 877-505-HO{PE (4673).

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