Safe Storage

Storing prescription opioids or painkillers in the medicine cabinet is a common practice, but this makes them easily accessible for children, teens, and others to find and misuse.

Store Medications Out of Sight

Keeping medications secure and out of sight makes it less likely that family members or others will use them, either intentionally or by accident. If children and teens are present, medications should be kept out of sight and out of reach.

Lock Medications

One of the most effective ways to prevent misuse or accidental use of medications is to keep them in a locked location. Store any opioid medications that have been prescribed to you in a lockbox, safe, locked medicine cabinet or locking vial. Several pharmacies offer locking prescription vials that require a combination number to access the medication. Contact your local pharmacy to find out if they have locking prescription vials.