STORE MEDICATIONS SAFELY

Secure your prescription drugs to prevent anyone else from unintentionally accessing them.

LOCKS ARE BEST

Avoid using a nightstand, kitchen counter or bathroom to store medications. Instead, install a lock on a kitchen cabinet, use a safe, or purchase a lockbox to store your medications.

CHILD-PROOFING IS NOT ENOUGH

Young children are not the only ones at risk of finding and using potentially harmful prescription drugs. Anyone who uses a medication not prescribed to them is in danger of harmful drug effects or potentially developing an addiction to the medication.

LIMIT ACCESS TO MEDICATIONS

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Nationally, 51.3% of people ages 12 and older who misuse prescription drugs report obtaining the drugs from someone they know.

Source: SAMHSA

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Of Kansas teens who report misusing prescription drugs, 74% say they obtain those drugs from friends or family.

Source: Kansas Communities That Care 2020 Student Survey

NEVER SHARE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS

The most common way people access prescription drugs from family and friends is through sharing. It is against the law to share your controlled substance medication with anyone.

  • Never share prescription drugs with friends or family members, even if they ask to try your medication.
  • Never take a prescription drug from someone who offers it since you don't know how it will affect you.
  • Keep prescription drugs at home, preferably locked in a cabinet.
  • Avoid carrying prescription drugs with you unless it's necessary to maintain a medication schedule.

TRAVEL TIPS FOR SAFE MEDICATION USE

  • Before you travel, ask your healthcare providers to adjust your medication schedule to account for changes in time, routine and diet.
  • Store healthcare provider contact information in your cellphone to easily contact them while traveling.
  • Write down all medications you are taking and carry the list with you.
  • When flying, keep medications in your carry-on bags; don't pack them in your checked luggage.
  • Take enough medication with you to last the length of your trip and account for any travel delays.
  • When traveling, keep medication out of heat and direct sunlight.

Sources: NIH and FDA

GET RID OF UNUSED MEDICATIONS

The Kansas Medication Collection and Disposal Program offers a convenient way to dispose of medications you are no longer taking or ones that have expired.