Your home medicine cabinet could be a teenager’s drug supply

Lock away your medications and take the rest to a disposal site.

Do you know the names and types of prescription medicines in your home? If some pills were missing, would you notice? Do you run out before you’re due for a refill?

Two-thirds of teens who have misused pain relievers said they got them from family and friends, including from their home medicine cabinets, according to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. Storing medications safely and disposing of old drugs reduces the easy access.

Drug Take Back Day

Dispose of your unwanted prescription medications on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

TakeBackDay.DEA.gov

Childproof caps are not enough, especially to deter a teenager. And, if you’re in a hurry, you could forget to tighten the cap.

The best protection is a medicine cabinet that locks. You could put a padlock on your existing cabinet or buy a small lockbox.

Small lockboxes typically cost about $20 and allow other family members access to the rest of the medicine cabinet.

Greater Louisville National Prescription Drug Take Back Day locations

CVS parking lot

3130 Portland Ave.

Louisville, KY 40212

Graymoor-Devondale Police Department

1500 Lynn Way

Louisville, KY 40222

Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

531 Court Place

Louisville, KY 40202

Kroger parking lot

291 N. Hubbards Lane

Louisville, KY 40207

Walgreens parking lot

4025 Taylorsville Road

Louisville, KY 40220

Eminence Police Department

45 Depot Ave.

Eminence, KY 40019

Franklin County Health Department

851 East-West Connector

Frankfort, KY 40601

LaGrange Fire Department, Station 2

3637 Route 146

LaGrange, KY 40031

Oldham County Police Department

1855 Route 393

LaGrange, KY 40031

Shelby County Coroner’s Office

419 Washington St.

Shelbyville, KY 40065

Austin Police Department lobby

21 Wilbur Ave.

Austin, IN 47102

Brownstown Senior Center

124 S. Main St.

Brownstown, IN 47220

Crothersville Senior Center

114 E. Main St.

Crothersville, IN 47229

Indiana State Police

8014 County Road 311

Sellersburg, IN 47172

Scott County Sheriff’s Department lobby

111 S. First St.

Scottsburg, IN 47170

Walmart

1618 W. McClain Ave.

Scottsburg, IN 47170


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