Lock Your Rx Stock: Help Prevent Drug Abuse

WHEN THERE ARE ANY VISITORS IN YOUR HOUSE, YOUR MEDICINE CABINET CAN BE OPEN GAME FOR DRUG THIEVES.

In fact, 70 % of drug addicts reported that they started their addiction to prescription medications from family, friends and strangers’ medicine cabinets.

MOST COMMONLY TARGETED MEDICATIONS INCLUDE:

Opiates: pain killers and muscle relaxers like OxyContin and Vicodin

Depressants: anxiety, depression, and sleep medication

Stimulants: ADHD medications such as Ritalin and Adderall

 

PROTECT & SAFEGUARD YOUR HOME

  • Clean out your medicine cabinets.
  • Dispose of any unused, unneeded, or expired medications at drop boxes.
  • Report any stolen prescriptions to the police.
  • Consider purchasing and using a lock box for hiding medications in a discrete location in your home so they are not easy for others to find.
  • Keep track of your medicine. Count how many pills you have at any given time to check for missing pills. Don’t share your medications under any circumstances. If a family member or friend is injured, instead of “sharing” a pain reliever, make sure he or she sees a healthcare professional for care.
  • Keep a low profile. Your medicines are your business. There’s no reason to tell people about the medicines you take.
  • Store your medications in a secure and dry place (not bathrooms).
  • Properly dispose of old or unused medicines. If a Take Back Program is not available, prescription drugs can be placed in a container mixed with used coffee grounds or kitty litter and thrown in the garbage.

DROP BOXES ARE AVAILABLE AT:

Mahwah Police Department
221 Franklin Turnpike
201-529-1000

Montvale Police Department
12 Mercedes Drive
201-391-4600

Westwood Police Department
101 Washington Avenue
201-664-7000

Oakland Police Department
295 Ramapo Valley Road
201-337-6171

To find prescription drug boxes in additional Bergen County towns or other counties visit www.americanmedicinechest.com

SOBERING STATISTICS

  • A CDC study found that the users of prescription drugs are 40 times more likely to use heroin than others, a figure that cements commonly prescribed medication as a threshold for use of more dangerous substances.
  • Almost 4 in 10 teens (38 %) who have misused or abused a prescription drug have obtained them from their parents’ medicine cabinet. 
  • 1 in 3 teens thinks abusing prescription drugs is safer than street drugs and that it is OK to occasionally abuse prescription drugs.
  • The amount of prescription painkillers prescribed in 2010 was enough to medicate every adult in America around the clock for a month.
  • Nearly 15,000 people die of prescription drug overdoses annually. In New Jersey, two-thirds of drug-related deaths involve prescription drugs.
  • More than half of parents (55 %) say anyone can access their medicine cabinet, and almost three-quarters of teens (73 %) say it is easy to access prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinet.

Source: “The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study” 2013