Prescription Medication

Healthy prescription medication practices help keep everyone safe!

Secure

Be thoughtful of where you keep your medications in your home. Keep medications in a secure location that is not easily accessible by unintended audiences. Store medications up, away and out of sight of children.

11 Medication Storage and Disposal Tips to Keep Your Kids Safe
Do’s and Don’ts of Safe Storage
Lock it Up: Medicine Safety in Your Home
Medicines in My Home a Multimedia Educational Program
Put Your Medicines Up, Away and Out of Sight
Up & Away and Out of Sight

MONITOR-MODEL

Children are always observing the world around them. As parents we want to model safe and healthy practices for our children to learn from. This includes when and how we take medications. Use medications as they are prescribed, and only by the intended person.  Monitor the dosage and refills for medications in your home.

Medications Guides: Information for Patients on How to Safely Use Certain Drugs
Parent Talk Kit: Tips for Talking and What to Say
Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Prescription Drug Fact Sheet
Speak Now, Here’s How
Tips For Parents About Safe Use of Over-the-Counter (OTC) Medicine

Dispose

Safe disposal of medications is important in keeping your home and the environment safe. Unused medications become expired, which can become dangerous for those in your home. Flushing or dumping medications is harmful to the water table and the environment. Please safely dispose of medications at one of the medications drop boxes listed below. Remember to remove pills from their containers. Sharps and liquids are not accepted at these locations.

Naperville Prescription Drug Drop Box Locations
DuPage County Prescription Drug Drop Box Locations
Will County Prescription Drug Drop Box Locations
Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know
Don’t Be Tempted to Use Expired Medicines
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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