LOCKMED Media Contact: Tammy Goffin
Marketing Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pittsburgh, PA, August, 2016 – As we head into a new school year, LOCKMED Medical Product Company wants to remind parents of the importance of safeguarding medications in the home.
Back to school is an exciting time for many but it can also be a vulnerable time for kids, especially teenagers. Making new friends, keeping good grades, competitive sports, and getting into college, can cause undue stress and anxiety for students who may begin to experiment with drugs, especially prescription medications. In fact, a 2013 survey by the Partnership for Drug Free kids found that 1 in 4 teens has misused prescription drugs.
Teens turn to drugs for a variety of reasons including curiosity, as a study aid, to sleep better, peer pressure, to get high at a party, and pain relief from injuries. Often they assume prescription drugs aren’t as dangerous as illicit drugs. However, continued misuse can not only lead to addiction, but accidental overdoses. Nearly 15,000 people die each year of overdoses involving prescription painkillers – more than deaths due to car crashes (according to the CDC).
“We want to educate and inform parents so they have the tools to help combat the drug abuse problem and prevent accidental overdoses in the home,” stated M. Bud Lateef, MD, a pain management specialist and founder of LOCKMED, a company that produces home medication lock boxes.
Often teens will get medications from family and friends, taken from an unlocked bathroom medicine cabinet, bedroom nightstand or kitchen shelf without detection. LOCKMED strongly encourages everyone to always lock up medications in the home, and to remind caregivers and family to keep medications locked up and away from children.
“All medications, including over-the-counter meds, need to be secured and stored out of reach from children,” said M. Bud Lateef, MD. “Kids can stumble upon pills that look like candy and colorful liquid medication and have an accidental overdose.”
Lockmed recommends the following tips for a safer home:
- Don’t tell many people about your medication types.
Keeping your prescription types private may help in preventing unwanted attention to your medications. Not telling others about your medications will also keep your medical problems private.
- Don’t give many people access to your medications.
Minimize the number of people who help you with your medications.
- Know how much medication you have.
Do a routine count of your medications on a regular basis to make sure none are missing.
- Discard unused medications properly.
If your treatment is complete or you are not using certain strong medications any longer, properly discard them to reduce the amount of medications in the home.
- Lock up your medications.
Lock up and safeguard your medications at home.
- Educate kids about the dangers of medications.
Proactively engage children about the dangers of medications and why they should be avoided to prevent accidental exposures.
- 1 (800) 222-1222
Keep this number for the national, toll-free poison helpline easily available and programmed in your cell phone for use in a poison emergency or simply to answer questions related to medications or other poisons.
LOCKMED Medical Product Company, a Pittsburgh-based medical technology company, has been developing award winning products to safeguard medications since 2008. Their medication security products have been used and trusted by thousands of facilities and institutions nationwide. LOCKMED lock boxes are available in a variety of sizes and can be purchased directly from the company’s website or through over 120 LOCKMED dealers throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia, and Europe. To learn more about LOCKMED Medication Lock Boxes, visit www.lockmed.com, https://facebook.com/LockMed or call 888-458-2746. To schedule interview opportunities with Dr. M. Bud Lateef, contact Tammy@lockmed.com.