Q How Can I Keep My Family From Taking Dangerous Drugs at Home?
If you think a family member has been injured by a dangerous drug, seek immediate medical attention. In order to keep dangerous drugs safe from other family members in the home, follow these tips.
1. Keep an up-to-date record of everyone’s medications. Try keeping a written log with a separate page or section devoted to each family member that includes a list of that person’s medications, dosage instructions, etc. If a family member has a question about a specific medication, they can check the log.
2. Never take medication out of its original container or remove labels. When there are only a few pills remaining in a large and bulky prescription bottle, it's tempting to consolidate the remaining medication by transferring it to a smaller container. But doing so greatly increases the risk of a medication mix-up.
Along with that, you should never remove medication labels. Relying on your memory to determine which family member’s pills are dark blue and which pills are light blue — or how many to take — is never a good idea.
3. Purchase separate storage bins for each family member. If several people in your house are taking medications at the same time, buy clear, stackable storage containers, label them by family member, and store all medications accordingly.
4. Keep medications away from children. If you have young children, medications should be out of sight and out of reach. In addition to the risk of ingesting and overdosing on drugs, your kids could also tamper with other people's medication. Never let your children administer their own medication.
5. Post emergency phone numbers on the refrigerator. When in doubt, family members can call your doctor or pharmacist with any drug-related questions.
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