Most people who abuse/misuse prescription painkillers non-medically report getting their drugs from friends or family members. Oklahomans must have secure and convenient ways to store medications. In fact, just by having prescription pain medications in your home you are at increased risk for theft. Proper storage and disposal of all medications is essential to health and safety. Use this website to get tips for safe storage of prescription medications, and the safe storage “do’s and don’ts” that impact your family’s health and wellness.
Tips for Safe Storage of Rx Pain Meds
- Keep your prescription drugs in a secure location to make sure kids, family, and guests don’t have access to your medications.
- Know where your prescription pain medications are at all times.
- Keep prescription pain pills in the original bottle with the label attached and the child-resistant cap secured.
- Keep track of how many prescription pain pills are in your bottle so you are immediately aware if any are missing.
Did You Know?
Keeping medications in cool, dry, and secure places out of a child’s reach is the ideal storage environment. Warm and humid conditions, such as in the bathroom, often speed up the breaking down of the medication. On rare occasion, improperly stored medications can become toxic. As a result, it is important to follow a few guidelines:
- Always store drugs out of children’s reach.
- Always keep medicines in their original container.
- Don’t leave the cotton plug in a medicine bottle. This can draw moisture into the container.
- Check the expiration date each time you take a drug. Replace any medications that are out of date.
- Never use a medication that has changed color, texture, or odor, even if it has not expired. Throw away capsules or tablets that stick together, are harder or softer than normal, or are cracked or chipped.
- Ask your pharmacist about any specific storage instructions.