Proper Storage

SMMlogohiresUnused and easily accessible medicines have the potential to be misused and abused, particularly by teens. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prescription medicines most commonly abused by youth include pain relievers,tranquilizers, stimulants and depressants.

Properly storing and disposing of prescription medicines in your home is an important way to reduce the risk of their misuse and abuse by family members and others.

Prescription medications are meant to be used as directed by a doctor for the person they are prescribed to.

Proper Storage:

  1. The most secure way to keep prescription medications is in a locked storage box up and away.
  2. If locking them is not an option keep them stored in a secured place in your home that is up and away from children.
  3. Keep a medication log so you know what mediations you have and how many you have of each medication.
  4. Medications whose labels specify that refrigeration is necessary should always be kept in the refrigerator.
  5. The medicine cabinet in a bathroom is often not the best place to store prescriptions. They should be stored in a cool dry place. Humidity, heat, and the change in temperatures in the bathroom can alter the potency of some medications.

Other Resources:

http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA12-4678B3/SMA12-4678B3.pdf

http://www.safeguardmymeds.org/downloads/SafeguardMyMeds-PrescriptionMedicineStorageAndDisposal.pdf

http://www.disposemymeds.org

http://www.disposemymeds.org/index.php/environmental-impact

How clean is the water?    http://www.learnaboutrxsafety.org

Medication Toolkit for your family.    http://www.talkaboutrx.org

How to talk with your teen.    http://www.fda.gov/forconsumers/consumerupdates/ucm101653.htm