The Preventions Department at Seven Counties Services donated 15 home medication lock boxes to the department of Community Health Workers! A medication lock box is a secure container that ensures medicine is only accessible to the prescription holder and will help reduce accidental overdose or misuse of medication. There are multiple ways to store medications away from people who should not have access to them. However, storing medications in child-protective bottles or even in a hidden spot may not be enough to deter children, and other people from accessing your medications and misusing them.
If you have medications that could be dangerous for others if accidentally taken, such as opioids, heart medications, and anxiety medications, a medication lockbox may be a good choice for you. A lockbox is also helpful to keep your medications safe when traveling, or if you move around frequently from place to place. If any of the following situations apply to your household, it may be a good idea to consider getting a lock box.
1. You have prescription medications of any type in your home. Prescription opioids are highly addictive and frequently misused, but any prescription medication can cause harm if taken by anyone other than the individual it was prescribed to.
2. You have over the counter medications. Many over the counter medications for colds contain Dextromethorphan (DXM). This ingredient has been used by teens to obtain a high and when taken in large quantities can lead to overdose.
3. You have medical marijuana. Medical marijuana has been accidentally ingested by young children, especially when it is in the form of edibles and leads to unintentional poisoning. In addition, this is a substance that teenagers may experiment with.
4. You have pet medications. Pet medications are often the same medications that humans use, especially when it comes to pain killers. Even pet medications have the potential to cause harm and be misused.
If you or someone you know is a PDCHC patient, connect with one our Community Health Workers to see if a medication lock box is the appropriate choice for safe medication storage.