Safety at Home

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Child-resistant doesn’t mean child-proof. Secure your prescription and over-the-counter medications, including medical cannabis, out-of-reach from young children as well as teens. Child-resistant packaging helps but is no guarantee of safety.

  • Properly dispose of expired and unused medications
  • Use special care with medications that look like candy
  • Call your local Police Department for safe, confidential drop-off bins


Most teenagers who abuse prescription drugs are given them for free by a friend or relative.

Don’t make it easy. Lock up your meds.

  • Keep track of pill quantities
  • Properly dispose of unused medications
  • Block access to online pharmacies and drug sources
  • Participate in county prescription drug take-back days
  • Learn the facts on Rx drug abuse
  • Talk about it 

How are prescription drugs abused?

  • Taking medication that has been prescribed for somebody else
  • Taking a drug in a way other than prescribed
  • Taking a medication to get high

How can you keep your home safe? 
Start with creating a routine for keeping your family medications secure and safe from children.

Tips for disposal:

  1. Take drugs out of prescription bottle
  2. Mix drugs with unwanted substance like kitty litter or coffee grounds
  3. Put mixture into a sealed container
  4. Remove any identifying information on the bottle
  5. Put sealed container into the trash

Drug Take Back Programs
Local drug take back programs are the most convenient, cost-effective and secure way to dispose of unwanted and expired medicines.


 Adapted from Ventura County Behavioral Health / 


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