Safe Use: In Your Home


Please consider the questions below to determine the safety of your home as it relates to safe use and storage of your prescription medications.

Safe Use

  • Do you tell your healthcare provider about ALL medicines and supplements you take?
  • Have you talked with your family members about the importance of not sharing your prescription medications?
  • Have you talked with your family members about the importance of not taking others’ prescription medications?
  • Do you keep track of how many pills are in your bottle so you are immediately aware if any are missing?

Safe Storage

  • Do you have prescription medications in your home?
  • Where do you store your prescription medications?
  • Are your prescription medications kept in a safe place, out of reach of kids, family and guests?
  • When was the last time you checked your medicine cabinet for expired prescription medications?
  • Have you kept prescription medications after their expiration date?
  • Have you kept unused prescription medications after your medical condition has been successfully treated?
  • How long have you kept the unused prescription medications? More than 6 months? More than a year?
  • Do you keep prescription medications in the original bottle with the label attached, and with the child-resistant cap secured?

Taking a regular ‘inventory’ of your prescription medications – whether they are for pain, sleep, anxiety, etc.; keeping them in a safe place; and disposing of them properly can and does save lives.

If you have any questions about the considerations listed above, please contact your medical provider to speak about specific ways you can more safely use and store your medications.


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