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Opioid Medicines Not Safely Stored in Homes, a Survey Reveals

Opioid Medicines Not Safely Stored in Homes, a Survey Reveals

A study conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health revealed that most prescription of opioid drugs kept in homes that have kids aren’t safely stored. A survey was conducted on 681 adults who used opioid pain relievers in 2016 with kids age 17 years and younger. Of these subjects, only 31% reported storing the medicines safely and just 12% reported self-storage. Keeping medicines out of the reach of young children is considered best practice.

Safe Storage Defined

The researchers defined safe to store as keeping drugs in a latched or locked place for houses that have younger kids and in a locked place for houses that have older kids. Lead author Eileen McDonald said opioids not stored safely can contribute to accidental ingestions among younger kids and pilfer among older kids.

Attitude-Related Medication Storage Habits

Almost 73% of people surveyed agreed that kids can overdose on opioids more easily than adults. But researchers found that only 13% of respondents worry about their kids having access to the medications.

The Need for the Right Storage Solution

The findings of the survey emphasize the importance of educating families on why they must store medicines safely and develop new technology which allows only the prescribed person to open the medicine bottle.

However, child-resistant packaging available in the market today that can minimize medication poisoning in younger kids won’t work for older kids. The researchers suggest the need for new solutions like tamper-resistant, personalized pill dispensers. With this solution, parents can easily keep their medicines inaccessible to their kids, young and old. But since this technology is not available yet, parents must keep their medicines locked away and dispose of any leftover medicines safely and promptly.

Some Reminders for Parents and Adults

Pills can look like candies to young children and because they tend to naturally put things in their mouth, medicine poisoning is likely to occur. Aside from medicines, even supplements and vitamins can pose a threat to the safety of children. For instance, iron poisoning can result in injury and death in young kids who may have got into a bottle of prenatal vitamins or multivitamins.

Pharmacists at Shoprite Pharmacy in Oshawa, ON can provide you helpful reminders and advice on how to safely store your medicines. Our pharmacy in Ontario offers affordable and high-quality pharmaceutical products and we can deliver your orders right at your doorstep. Please call us at 905-433-2002.

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