Just about every household has prescription drugs, or even over the counter (OTC) medications, in the home. And although we’d like to believe they would only be used as prescribed, they are subject to being abused. So, here are eight simple measures you can take to protect yourself and your family.
- Mark the lid of your pain medication with a red dot to remind yourself that they require special handling.
- If you feel too many pills were prescribed, ask the pharmacist to fill a smaller amount and pick up more if/when necessary.
- Ask your physician to write an order for a smaller amount with refills. For example, instead of 60 pills, maybe 20 with two refills.
- Keep your prescription medications in a safe place. That may not always be the medicine cabinet. Be creative to prevent kids, and even their friends, from sneaking a few pills.
- Make sure you assist older parents with protecting their medications.
- Inside their home, drugs may be stolen by family members or visitors with addiction issues.
- People target elderly folks that receive medication from mail order pharmacies.
- Make medication accountability part of the estate management plan for elderly parents or parents in nursing homes.
- Keep a count of pills and usage lines on liquids (kind of like height chart you’d measure your growing kids against the wall).
- Dispose of unused medications appropriately. Check out our Drug Drop Off Page for information on disposal
- Know the warning signs of abuse. For a quick review, read our WARNING SIGNS guide .
Try and make this a priority in the next few days. A few simple steps can make a world of difference.
Welcome to “Breaking the Silence,” Robby’s Voice’s new blog designed to streamline communications with our local and online communities. Many of you know Robby’s story. It was his vision to create a program, a website, to help free people from the bonds of addiction and live healthy, drug free lives. We feel that this new vehicle will help us accomplish his vision in a much more impactful way. We feel that providing information to you real time is critical. Key information that won’t get lost in a sea of PDFs or news stream posts. Through this vehicle, we will have the ability to share, interact, gain feedback, opinions, comments and suggestions without losing the important information you may want to reference days, weeks or months later.
What will you find on our blog?
- Articles on strategies and tools to help you and your family stay drug free
- Important information for parents and educators
- Local community resources
- Updates on events and RV speaking engagements
- Guest posts by individuals involved with law enforcement, government or local organizations
- Resources to help with rehab and recovery
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The war is on and we are going to win it….with your help!
Robby was an honest, enthusiastic, adventurous young man. He had an infectious laugh and the most mesmerizing blue eyes. Robby truly was a miracle of life that simply caught the disease of drug addiction. Robby was addicted to heroin. His struggles began with prescription pain pills but quickly led to heroin as it’s cheaper and easier to access. His struggles ended sadly with a drug overdose on October 21, 2011.
Our lives have been forever changed. We have endured a pain that no one, especially a parent should have to endure. Robby lost his battle with drug addiction but left us with a mission to be his voice. ROBBY’S VOICE is our way not only to honor his beautiful life but to reach out to those that live with an addiction every day.