Because of the potential for misuse of opioids, it is important that patients store their medications securely – that means someplace that can be locked and that is not accessible to children or guests. Why? Because statistics show that 7% of people who misuse or abuse prescription pain killers steal them.
Colorado has a great resource, www.takemedsseriously.org, that provides a plethora of information about how to store your medications out of the reach of children, family members or guests and where to purchase lock boxes. Look for the Safe Storage tab.