Alexandria, VA ? December 5, 2012 ? The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and Purdue Pharma L.P. are working together to remind parents, grandparents, and other family members about simple ? yet important ? steps that can be taken to protect prescription medicines this holiday season through their national educational initiative, Safeguard My Meds.
?As a pharmacist and mother, I understand how critical it is to keep prescription medicines from falling into the wrong hands,? said Michele Belcher R.Ph, third vice president of the National Community Pharmacists Association. ?Every day more than 2,500 teenagers abuse prescription medication for the first time. Proper storage and disposal of prescription medicines in the home can play a vital role in preventing misuse and abuse.?1
Belcher points out that there are several easy steps that can be taken to protect prescription medicines, including:
- Use a locked storage container to store prescription medicines at greater risk of being abused ? pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants and depressants. These medicines are targets for theft by anyone who enters your home, so extra precautions should be taken.
- Keep track of medications with the Medicine Inventory Sheet ? one is available on www.SafeguardMyMeds.org.
- Take inventory of prescription medicines at least twice a year, such as when you change your clocks in the spring and fall.
Go to www.SafeguardMyMeds.org to access additional information on safe medicine storage through downloadable print, video, and online materials. Visitors are also encouraged to take the Personal Responsibility Pledge and make a commitment to safeguard their prescription medicine.
1. Office of National Drug Control Policy, Prescription for Danger, Jan. 2008