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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 3/27/2011 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Monday Koffee Klatch
 
    
     If you are new to this forum family then you may be wondering what kind of goofy question is that on a health care forum. idea   We all suffer with medical conditions and with most of us there is pain involved...sometimes a lot of pain. Or maybe you are the loved one of one of these persons. This forum is all about how we help and support each other, how we gain back more quality to our lives, and how we can learn and share what we gain along the way and hopefully make not only our lives better but the lives of others who come to join us.

      But we need to also remember that there is the other side of life...the side that isn't concentrated on illness and pain. That's why we started the daily Koffee Klatch. This is a time to laugh, reminisce, chit-chat about the silly things in our lives...all fun things and no pain. In fact the 'P' word is not allowed...  turn    So each day we share our thoughts or experiences on a different topic. Often it includes food, sometimes we talk about our past, and other times we just get goofy! Laughter is our goal. So, please join us whether this is your very first day on Healing Well or you're a seasoned veteran.
 
Daily Question:
 
Do you use a pill safe or lock box for your medications?

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Monty's Mom
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   Posted 3/28/2011 4:58 AM (GMT -6)   
I use a lock box. One key is hidden for me, and the other is with my fiance hidden for him. This way, if I lose my key or am having a really bad day, he can get into the meds for me. With boys that are rapidly reaching the young men stage, it is safer to have my medications locked up. I know at this point that they understand that stealing my meds means days of pain for me and the possibility of losing my great doctor. Things change as we grow though. We don't live in the greatest of neighborhoods either. I have had people come to my door asking if I had any meds to spare, or leftovers from previous prescriptions that I was willing to "donate" to their pain issues. Good thing I learned the kitty litter trick from Dani and throw out all my old medications!

BethW
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   Posted 3/28/2011 8:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I probably should use one, but I don't. I grew up in a house with a lot of prescription medications (my mom had a kidney transplant when I was 6 years old), so I learned responsibility in that area at an early age. I've tried my best to teach my kids the same respect and responsibility. When the boys were young, my meds were on a high shelf with no chairs or step stools for them to use. Now that they're older, the meds are on the same shelf, but they can reach them for me if I need the help. [I even used a label-maker to write generic labels for the bottles ("pain", "muscle relaxer", "blood pressure") so that my kids (and my husband) know which one's which.]

Not many people know what medications I have (which are really low power, truth be told), and it's just never been an issue.

Chartreux
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   Posted 3/28/2011 9:01 AM (GMT -6)   
Dang it posted in the wrong place...sorry
for now I don't use either as no one comes to visit me...but I will
look into a safe box soon...

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   Posted 3/28/2011 9:27 AM (GMT -6)   
 
 
          I have always used a fireproof lock box, that could be opened with a key, but since my step daughter seems to enjoy using illegal drugs, including crushing up and snorting pills, we have replaced it with a much larger and heaver, combination safe to store and protect my pain med's.
 
     I have a tendency of counting my med's at least once a week to make sure no funny business is going on as well.
 
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Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 3/28/2011 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
  
 
The reason I posted this was because of a string of events in my home town....

   On the evening news was a urgent report about 3 elementary school students, all 5th graders. Apparently each child took medications from their parents. They all met up at school and took the medications together. All ended up in the hospital.

    I was shocked because they were so young! When I mentioned this to a friend, I found out that most teens are first abusing drugs they find at home!! shocked   I knew of course that abuse of prescription drug in adults was the reason why so many of us have to jump through so many hoops for our medical care....  I guess I just never thought that children and teens would be stealing from their parents and family members. Let alone stealing medications that could harm them!

     I am currently looking for pill safe. I had gone to my pharmacy and they did not have one. I checked my local grocers store but no such luck. Later tonight I will check around online and see what I can find. I would rather get into the practice of locking up my medication in a secure (safe) area now, than later when it may be to late.  shakehead

   


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Post Edited (Mrs. Dani) : 3/28/2011 11:32:04 AM (GMT-6)


Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 3/28/2011 10:53 AM (GMT -6)   
 
        Dani, this is very close to the model that i bought, and can be seen at Wal-Mart
 
   The SRS lady that is working with us on the daughter problem, suggested this type of safe and said they discouraged a keyed safe. It's quite heavy, and she said the small fireproof key safes can be easily broken into or carried away and delt with away from home. Yes, they can carry away the newer model, but when they see how heavy it is made it discourages them from taking it. It is a four bolt locking type.
 
 
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Betsey Ross
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   Posted 3/28/2011 1:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Dani,
I dont have either. It is just the husband and me-no children or not alot of visitors. I should get the meds out of sight. Thanks for the ideas, I would never have thought about that.

Betsey

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   Posted 3/28/2011 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't have one, but should. I started keeping them in a drawer in my bedroom, but it has outgrown that and is now kept in a small bin next to my bed. I also keep some in a pouch in my purse, and a pillcase that walks arround the house with me depending on where I was sitting when I went to swallow my last set of pills.
I would have to get a pretty big container to fit it all in, and the little script-keeper that I see at the pharmacy is 1/4 of the size I would need. A fireproof safe is a good idea.
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