Opioid addiction is a nationwide epidemic. The numbers are staggering and deaths have quadrupled since 1999. From 1999-2015 more than 183,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids. While pain medications certainly have their place and very needed by some. It is important that those medications are used only by the person they are prescribed for.
If you got your prescription refilled last week, would you know how many pills you still have remaining in your bottle? Would you be able to tell if some of your medication was missing? An easy math equation would give you the answer.
Where do teens or drug abusers get these medications from? Many report getting pain medications from parents or grandparents. These prescription medications are taken from their relatives… yes stolen, many times with tragic results. In most homes medications are VERY easy to find: kitchens, bathrooms, medicine cabinets or nightstand drawers, or kept in purses, easy for the user to get to. But anyone else can get to them too. That’s why it is important to know how many pain tablets you have left and to keep them locked up!
Don’t let your loved ones become a statistic! Keep your medications safely stored.