How Do I Keep My Medication Secure?

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   Posted 9/3/2010 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
How do I keep my medication secure in my home while I'm not there? There are far too many bottles to carry with me at all times, plus I wouldn't want to risk losing all of my meds or having all of my meds stolen at once while I'm out. I don't have a safe or anything like that in my house right now. I'd get that, but they seem expensive. I'm most concerned about when I leave and there's a babysitter here, or when I have company over who can't be trusted (don't criticize this part -- it's complicated). I also just want to keep it secure so that my three year old doesn't get into it. She has never tried, but you never know. Do you have any good suggestions?
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   Posted 9/3/2010 10:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Evening Damgalnuna!

I use a lockable fire proof cash box at home, and this seems to work pretty well.

You should be able to pick up one of these, at a reasonable price.

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   Posted 9/3/2010 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   

And I think SE has a great idea. I bought a couple of medicine lock boxes for our home. Hubby uses one and I use the other. Even though his med's aren't Schedule II or worth someone stealing, there would be serious consequences if any of the grandchildren got into them.

Also, when we leave home for any length of time I just grab the box and everything goes with me. If I have any bottles that won't fit into my lock box I put the extras in our safe. Yes, they are more expensive than I wish but all it takes is on time having your pain medication stolen or a little child find them and all of a sudden is struggling for his/her life and the price doesn't seem too much. Watch places like Costco, Sams, or even eBay.

I found a few options online and hope something in there would be right for you. The first on the list is what I keep my medicine in. That's a good price. I think I bought mine through Amazon.

Good luck and keep us posted,

Here's one like SE was talking about...I think~

and here's a page from Amazon with dozens of choices...
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   Posted 9/4/2010 2:16 AM (GMT -6)   
I have all my meds in a basket in my kitchen. I have no kids at home to worry about getting into them and if I want to move them if people are over, I just take the whole basket and pop it away somewhere out of sight. It would be pretty obvious you were looking for it if you found it, so I doubt anyone would try


Post Edited (MsBunky) : 9/4/2010 5:00:54 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/4/2010 6:21 AM (GMT -6)   
My daughter (35) is an alcoholic/drug addict. She has stolen from me for years and no matter where I hid my meds, she was like a hound dog! She could find it anywhere! I bought a lock box at one point and she got into that. Then I hired a woman to help me with my house...yep, druggie. I hate that word because those of us who need medication get labeled a druggie, but this woman and my daughter are the true druggies and it makes me sick. I had a heavy duty, plastic tool box that had a key lock on it. My daughter...first thing, she got that lock off. I learned that a combination lock is a good deterent. I left my box in the back of my closet to go get my youngest daughter at school. While I was gone, the housekeeper used a butcher knife and cut the box!! She cut it, broke the side locks and got all of my pain meds!! I went without for 2 weeks! The doctors don't care, if you have someone in your home that's a druggie, too bad for you! Well, what I have finally found after letting the housekeeper go was that you never know who may get your medication. You can't really trust anyone! I also bought a heavy duty metal tool box which is so much less expensive than a lock box and a combination lock. That seems to have done it. I have tons of pill bottles in there, but if I'm going somewhere, I usually just pick up the whole box and take it with me. It has saved every pill I have. I don't let my daughter come over too often of course, but she has now been diagnosed with kidney failure and they have given her very little time. I want to spend time with her, but she's not really even the same person she was....anyway, a metal tool box and a combination lock!
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   Posted 9/4/2010 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I use a metal gun box that has a lock built in. I never tell anybody what is inside or never put meds in when they are here. I keep a few out in a box that is made to look like large book (I have several for decoration) and this keeps the meds out of sight. A couple house things like magazines, one houses remote controls and the last one is for my personal meds, hand creams, and things like that. Nobody ever seems to notice that they aren't even real.

If someone is coming over that I don't fully trust, then I lock even the extras and my purse in the safe.

I understand not wanting to admit that someone might steal things, but you MUST do a police report if you are under pain contract and someone gets your meds. Otherwise, you are likely violating the terms of your pain contract and can be cut off. This happens especially when they give you a random drug screen and you don't have enough meds in your system. If you try to tell them then that your meds were stolen, they will want a copy of the police report. If you don't have one....well, you get my point.

I have a friend who uses a kitchen canister that matches the others on her counter and has sort of a false bottom. She also uses the "books" and keeps them on her bookshelf.

Good luck!
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   Posted 9/4/2010 7:43 PM (GMT -6)   
A cash box from a local discount store will keep the meds out of your 3yo's reach. The babysitter & guests are a different story.

The cheapest thing to do is to not tell people about your meds (other than your doctor & your emergency contact) and then store them in an unusual place. Keeping them in plain sight, in a medicine cabinet or in a nightstand are the most likely places for them to be found. You can store OTC meds in those places & if you have something non-addicting, you can also put that in that place. If you lock those up for your daughter's safety, put a label on the outside listing what's in the box. The put your other stuff in another locked box in a different location. You need to keep them away from heat or moisture, but other than that just about anywhere is better than the usual places.

Yes, it's a bit of a hassle to have to dig them out every day, but it has been shown to be very effective. Thieves want to get in & out quickly. If they somehow find out that you have meds, they will usually just look in the most likely places (family members & the babysitter are the exceptions to that rule so be extra careful in those instances -- definitely do not let the babysitter find out that you take pain meds). Also make sure that if you keep meds in your purse that you don't leave it lying around for even a minute; that's another place that people will often look.

The last thing I would suggest is make sure you black out the labels on the medicine bottles before throwing them away & black out or shred prescription labels before throwing them out. The thick black permanent markers work best.

Of course the heavy fireproof safes & gun safes are the best, but I totally understand the short-on-funds issue. Hope that helps!


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   Posted 9/4/2010 8:11 PM (GMT -6)   
  Pistol safe. no key, touch pad like combination. Securely bolted to cement floor. Ive had meds stolen by family member twice now. Hiding keys here and there were always found. Just last week i changed boxes but left key in last hiding place, old box in usual place,  which was found earlier in week. I was cut short of 25 of one, 12 of another, makes it hell at end of month. Replaced my meds with various brands of exlax type pills, similar in size and color, several of those went missing, kept him kinda bizzy one nite is my guess. No trouble since then. Message delivered! Next attempt will be recorded and sad to say, but its time for John Law to pay a visit. nono

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   Posted 9/4/2010 9:27 PM (GMT -6)   

DamGal!...the box we use is called a Fire Chest! I called it a cash box, but I guess it is more of a small Safe.

Very hard to get into one of these, but can be picked up and carried away.

Here is the link to read up on it, if you wish. They run around $40

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Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 9/4/2010 8:37:34 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/4/2010 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I use the same safe as SE. I got it at Staples. I found it very good in college, because it was heavy-duty enough that it was hard to break into (at least I would think so.... I've never actually tried doing such a thing), and it was large enough that it could fit all my many meds, yet small enough that I could hide it easily within my dorm room. I always made sure to keep the key on my person, and I left the spare key someplace safe at home.

Now that I no longer live at college, I have a bad tendency to leave my meds out & unlocked. I still have my lock box, but it is just much easier for me to keep my meds on hand next to my bed (since I essentially take them all either at night or first thing in the morning). Additionally I'm not on nearly as much medication as I was at previous times, so I don't worry about it as much. I live in a rural area, and the only people in the house at the moment are my parents & I, and we rarely have people over. I always have the door to my room closed, but if I know that someone that I don't know/don't trust is going to be in the house, I hide my meds, either in the lock box, or somewhere else, like within my bed.

I really should be more vigilant about protecting my meds, but seeing as I've never had a problem, and am generally trusting in nature, I tend to not take all the precautions that I should. However, like at school, when I do use my lock box at home, I hide it as well & don't always put it in the same place. It also helps that really no one knows what meds I am taking, or even if I am taking any at all.

Dam, just a quick suggestion, I wouldn't buy anything advertised as a "medical safe," unless it has NO medical logos on the outside. Otherwise, it's contents are a dead give-away. That's why I went with just a plain fireproof lock-box. There are also companies that make safes & little hiding places out of every day objects (for example a tube of toothpaste or a bottle of lotion). You can't fit much in them, but they can be really sneaky hiding places & great for if you are traveling & afraid of leaving your meds somewhere visible in your hotel room. Unfortunately I can't think of the names of any companies that make these at the moment, but I'm sure you can find them by doing a google search. There are many many different varieties & from what I've seen online, they look quite convincing.


Post Edited (skeye) : 9/4/2010 9:44:52 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 9/5/2010 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Actually, it shocks me that people steal meds. I don't have anything strong, just have to get Ibuprofen myself 400, at times 600, plus allergy meds, but I can't imagine anyone who would take them even if they were "more interesting".

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   Posted 9/6/2010 8:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Sadly there is logical but immoral reasoning behind why some people steal other peoples medications. I'm not defending anyone doing this as "theives" make it harder for those legally prescribed medications they need to continue recieving them, a very selfish act in itself. Some people steal from friends or family because thier pain is under treated and some of those people do not have health insurance. The bad thing with free or low cost clinics is that they rarely prescribe anything even moderately strong for pain.....even if the condition can be proven. The governmental view is that low income families are at a higher risk for abuse, so the state run institutions feel that by treating the pain with anything controlled, that they are setting themselves up for future losses (Example: emergency room visits from overdose, detox, patients selling to create additional income, stigma that some prescriptions could act as a gateway to harder substances, and the list goes on). Low cost or government subsidized pain management clinics have been known in the past to treat pain patients with things like anti-phys medications, as they will genuinely believe the patient has a mental disorder that is causing both the pain and addictive personality. MANY of those doctors graduated at the bottom of their class and have a very poor knowledge of proper patient care and cannot discern between a junkie and those in actual need. Some of those patients in pain then turn to the streets, so they still end up costing the state. They end up in detox on a maint program, ironically receiving pain medication to keep them from going back to the street for their needs. It can be a vicious cycle and that in my opinion is how a lot of pain patients become addicts.

This does not excuse them from stealing, especially from family, friends, and loved ones because they are not only breaking morals and laws, but they are taking directly from people that truly love and care for them and in the long run paying a huge price for a quick fix.

These people need our help because they've lost the ability to help themselves. They don't deserve our help because they care more about their fix then their own loved ones, and in reality, its hard to get them back on the right path. I do know its not impossible to get them the help they need though, just very frusterating, time cunsuming and difficult, espcially when they claim to want to "help themselves", but fall into a state of self pity and total reliance on others.
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