Taking your medication properly is extremely important when considering your health. But many Americans make the same common mistakes that put them or their loved ones in danger. We have some very good tips to help keep you and your family safe with proper medication handling.
Keep It Secret
This may seem to be too obvious to mention but all too often people will tell others such as friends or neighbors what medication they take or where they keep their meds. There are hundreds of thefts reported where friends or family members have robbed a love one of their medication. This is more likely when drugs such as narcotics and pain killers are involved. You should only trust your immediate and responsible family members with the information concerning your medicine.
Keep Them Locked Away
Keeping your medications out of reach from small children and pets is just as important to taking them everyday. Drugs that work for the following should most definitely be kept out of sight from small children and have caused death: Medications that lower blood pressure or regulate heartbeat, any type of diabetes drug, prescription pain meds such as hydrocodone are lethal to children and are the leading cause of drug death by infants, antidepressants are the second highest drug killer for children, muscle rubs, eye drops, and nasal sprays can also do great harm to a child.
Here are some tips on how to keep your medications safe from children reach:
- Medication lock boxes – These are great ways to keep your medications safe. There are some that are password protected and come in travel sizes for easy use during trips. Here is a great video from MedSafe about locking medication boxes as well.
- The higher the better- For smaller children its easy to keep them away from dangerous drugs by simply putting them in a high and hidden place such as the top of your closet or atop high pieces of furniture.
- Safety caps- There called safety caps for a reason: to keep your child from even being able to open the pill bottle.
- Put it where you found it – Its always important to put all medication back in its hiding spot right after use and when it is out, don’t let it out of your sight. It also doesn’t hurt to check for pills that may have been dropped on the floor after use.
- Talking to your children – Many parents neglect to even tell their children that drugs that are dangerous to them exist in their own home. Proper education for young children is essential in assuring they don’t mistake a pill for a piece of candy.
Read The Labels
Far too many Americans today misuse their medication by not taking it as prescribed by their doctor or as RX label provides. In 2013 over 50,000 deaths were related to some sort of drug related abuse. We understand that not all overdoses are the result of drug abusers but an unreasonable amount of people had succumb to death by mistaking or misunderstanding their medical doses.
Always Be Prepared
Always be prepared for an emergency – If you can’t prevent a problem, at least know the best ways to fix it. The Poison Help Center number (800-222-1222) is always available to help in emergency situations. They even insist caregivers call even if you only have suspicions that your child may have gotten into dangerous medication including soaps and detergent.