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Iowa Medicine Talk, Lock and Connect

Parents, it’s time to take a big step in the prevention of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drug misuse by teens in Iowa. When you lock up or store medicines in a safe place, you control access while you teach your children the proper use of prescription and OTC drugs.

Be sure to consider all medicines, everywhere in the home. If any of them has the potential for misuse or abuse, take action right away and follow these guidelines:

  • Start with a thorough inventory of the prescription and OTC drugs in your home and other homes where any teen might have access.
  • Lock up or store medicines, vitamins and similar products in a safe place where teens or their friends can’t access them.
  • Inventory and lock up or secure medicines at relatives’ homes, especially older relatives who may take multiple medications and would be less likely to notice a few pills missing.
  • Take note of how many pills are in a bottle or pill packet, and keep track of refills. This goes for all medications for all members of the household.
  • If a teen has been prescribed a drug, you should control the medication and monitor dosages and refills. Insist that a teen uses prescription drugs only as directed and that they take the proper dosage.
  • Monitor Internet use by all children in your home. It’s very easy for anyone to purchase prescription drugs over the Internet.
  • Encourage friends and relatives to learn the risks of misuse and regularly monitor their own medicine cabinets.
  • Coordinate with parents of your teen’s friends to Talk, Lock and Connect in their homes as well.

Use this Medication Inventory Card to keep track of both prescription and OTC medications in your home.

*National Survey on Drug Use and Health

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