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Be a Responsible User...

Keep Prescription Drugs Out Of The Hands Of Your Loved Ones

Did you know that most people who abuse prescription drugs get them from a friend or relative?

Be Part of the Solution

There are simple steps you can take to safeguard your prescription medications and help prevent prescription drug abuse. If you are already taking these steps, encourage your friends and family to do the same.


People will be less likely to take pills if they know that you are keeping track

No one wants to confront a friend or family member about missing medication. Take these steps to prevent those hard conversations as much as possible.

  • Be open with your friends and family and let them know that you monitor your medications.

  • Make a list of all your current prescriptions.

  • Track how many days or weeks each bottle should last and then count pills periodically to ensure none are missing.

  • Do not keep expired prescriptions on hand.

  • Do not keep prescriptions on hand that you no longer need.

If you discover that pills are missing, do not be afraid to sit down with recent visitors and have an honest conversation about your findings. Without accusing them of being the person responsible for the missing pills, show your concern for the situation. Chances are, the person who is taking pills will think twice if they know you are paying attention.


You have the power to prevent unauthorized access to prescription medications in your home.

Now that you are keeping track of your medication, it's time to secure it. Just like you keep your cash and valuables safely locked away to discourage theft, the same reasoning holds true for medication.

What can you do?

  • Keep medication in an existing safe or purchase a small one made for medicines.

  • Or, you can purchase a locking medicine cabinet (which you can purchase online at Amazon, Lowe's, Home Deport and other retailers).

  • At the minimum, hide your medications in a safe place where it is unlikely anyone would look for them.

By keeping your medications out of sight and secured, you make it much more difficult for someone to be tempted to steal them. Just be sure that wherever you keep them, you don't forget to take them!


Safe disposal of old medications is easy.

One of the best ways to keep prescription medication out of the wrong hands is to dispose of it properly. The Deterra® Drug Deactivation System is an easy way for you to ensure that your expired and unused pills are no longer useful. These kits are simple to use and safe for the environment and only require water to activate.

To obtain a Deterra® Drug Deactivation System, click the link to request your free kit.

Thank you for doing your part to stop prescription drug abuse in Kodiak.

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