YOU can save a life by locking up your prescription meds

FOR YOUR KIDS’ SAKE:

PLEDGE TO LOCK YOUR MEDS

Ease of access is the #1 reason youth misuse prescription drugs—75 percent of opioid misuse starts with using medication that wasn’t prescribed for them-usually taken from a friend or family member. A national study indicated that 29 percent of parents with children 18 years-of-age and younger report storing medications safely in the home-in a latched or locked location. We can do better.

Together, we can achieve 100%. For your kids’ sake, pledge to lock your meds. It’s easy and important!

Locking up medications is easy…and important!

Prescription opioids are a growing cause of overdose and youth are at risk of misusing opioid medications. The #1 reason youth misuse prescription drugs is ease of access.

 

More than half of young adults who misuse prescription opioids got them from a friend or family member.

Source: 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

7% of WA state 12th graders misused prescription drugs in the past 30 days—that’s 1.5 times higher than the national average.

Sources: 2018 Washington Healthy Youth Survey; 2018 Monitoring the Future National Survey

Opioids play a role in 1 in 5 deaths among young adults.

Source: JAMA Network Open. 2018:e180217

29% of parents with children 18 years of age and younger report storing medications safely in the home—in a latched or locked location.

Source: Pediatrics, March 2017

What is an Opioid?

Opioids are a specific class of drugs commonly used to reduce pain. The illegal drug heroin is an opioid, as are many pain relievers prescribed by doctors. Opioids can negatively affect the reward center in the brain. Over time, a user may need more and more, making these drugs highly addictive.

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens

It was prescribed to YOU.
For Your Kids’ Sake, Keep it That Way.

Beneficial when used according to a doctor’s instructions, opioid pain medications should be taken only by the person for whom a doctor has prescribed them. Using prescription medicine prescribed for others or without doctor’s orders is unsafe and illegal. Prescription drug misuse, which includes opioids, is among the fastest growing drug problems in the United States. The vast majority of this misuse is due to prescription opioids. Emergency room visits related to this very powerful medicine have nearly tripled over the last decade.

Click here for more of what you need to know about opioid prescription pain medications.

What is an Opioid?

Opioids are a specific class of drugs commonly used to reduce pain. The illegal drug heroin is an opioid, as are many pain relievers prescribed by doctors. Opioids can negatively affect the reward center in the brain. Over time, a user may need more and more, making these drugs highly addictive.

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens

It was prescribed to YOU.
For Your Kids’ Sake, Keep it That Way.

Beneficial when used according to a doctor’s instructions, opioid pain medications should be taken only by the person for whom a doctor has prescribed them. Using prescription medicine prescribed for others or without doctor’s orders is unsafe and illegal. Teenagers misuse opioid pain medications more than any other prescription medicine. Emergency room visits related to this very powerful medicine have nearly tripled over the last decade.

Click here for more of what you need to know about opioid prescription pain medications.

What can I do?

It’s as easy as 1…2…3!

Lock Up Prescription Meds

Locking up prescription medications at home is easy…and important! Keep medications out of medicine cabinets and out of your kids’ reach by storing medications in a secured location. Partnership for Drug-Free Kids report two-thirds of teens who misused prescription pain medications in the past year say they got them from a friend or family member’s home medicine cabinet, making it important to safeguard prescription medicine in the home. Secure storage and safe disposal of medications diminish opportunities for easy access. It can protect your loved ones and provide you peace of mind. Unsure how to secure your prescription medications at home, check out these medication locking devices: Safer Lock Box, Locking bags, Pill Pod Lock Box, and Rev-A-Shelf Cabinet Locks.

Educate and Communicate

Talk with your kids. Parents, grandparents and guardians have an incredibly important role to play. We can all take action by having frequent conversations with the kids and young adults in our lives about the dangers of misusing prescription drugs. Conversations are one of the most powerful tools parents and caregivers can use to connect with — and protect — their kids. Kids who learn at home about the risks of misusing and abusing drugs and alcohol, including prescription drugs, are less likely to use substances than those who do not get that critical message from their loved ones. Tips for Talking and What to Say to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Abuse >

Dispose Medications Properly

Using take-back programs to safely and properly dispose of unwanted, unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications keeps these medications out of the hands of kids and out of our waterways and the environment. Wondering where to find a medication take-back location near you? For safe and FREE take-back locations in SW Washington click here or find a take-back location near you at Medication Take-Back Locator

Lock Up Prescription Meds

Locking up prescription medications at home is easy…and important! Keep medications out of medicine cabinets and out of your kids’ reach by storing medications in a secured location. Partnership for Drug-Free Kids report two-thirds of teens who misused prescription pain medications in the past year say they got them from a friend or family member’s home medicine cabinet, making it important to safeguard prescription medicine in the home. Secure storage and safe disposal of medications diminish opportunities for easy access. It can protect your loved ones and provide you peace of mind. Unsure how to secure your prescription medications at home, check out these medication locking devices: Safer Lock Box, Locking bags, Pill Pod Lock Box, and Rev-A-Shelf Cabinet Locks.

Educate and Communicate

Talk with your kids. Parents, grandparents and guardians have an incredibly important role to play. We can all take action by having frequent conversations with the kids and young adults in our lives about the dangers of misusing prescription drugs. Conversations are one of the most powerful tools parents and caregivers can use to connect with — and protect — their kids. Kids who learn at home about the risks of misusing and abusing drugs and alcohol, including prescription drugs, are less likely to use substances than those who do not get that critical message from their loved ones.

Tips for Talking and What to Say to Prevent Drug and Alcohol Abuse >

Dispose Medications Properly

Using take-back programs to safely and properly dispose of unwanted, unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications keeps these medications out of the hands of kids and out of our waterways and the environment. Wondering where to find a medication take-back location near you? For safe and FREE take-back locations in SW Washington click here or find a take-back location near you at Medication Take-Back Locator

If you think your child or someone you know may be misusing prescription opioids or other substances, please visit www.waRecoveryHelpLine.org or call 1-866-789-1511.

Download the Locks Save Lives Toolkit

The Locks Save Lives toolkit is free to download for implementation in your community. The toolkit is designed as a platform for prevention coalitions and community organizations to use in their communities to educate and encourage parents, grandparents and guardians with youth in grades 6-12 in the home to lock-up their prescription medications to reduce youth access to prescription opioids.

The toolkit includes a collection of high-quality rack cards, lock box cards, pledge to lock your meds cards, posters, stickers, theater ads, social media posts with images and this micro site; where visitors can learn more about the importance of locking up and properly disposing medications, take the pledge to lock their meds and download a free campaign toolkit to share resources and implement the campaign in their communities. Campaign materials are localized for use in Washington State as well as nationwide and are available in Spanish and English.

You can access all of these materials through a free download by providing your name and email address. You will be redirected to the toolkit after submitting the form. Questions about the Locks Save Lives campaign, email preventcoalition@esd112.org.

Locks Save Lives Toolkit

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We couldn’t do it without you!

A special thank you to our Southwest Washington regional partners who collaborated on creating and launching Locks Save Lives; a locally developed campaign focused on reducing youth access to opioids by encouraging parents, grandparents and guardians to secure their prescription medications in the home by locking them up.

* On April 27, 2019, the Locks Save Lives campaign was launched during the DEA National Drug Take Back Day at three of the Drug Take-Back events in Clark County Washington. The campaign toolkit has been made available on this site for free download for use in Washington State and nationwide.

Prevent Coalition’s mission: connecting and supporting communities to build resilience and prevent youth substance use. Learn more about Prevent >

The Locks Save Lives campaign is funded in partnership with the Washington State Health Care Authority.