i was told by someone that i would have to start locking up my hydrocodone apap 10/500. i was wondering if that was true or not.
Hello robinbyrd & welcome to the site. It's probably a good idea to keep your meds at least out of sight, & if you know of people that come into your home or have kids & their firends etc... it is a good idea to have a lock box & hide it too. Keep the key where only you have access to it. People that take drugs to get high will beg, steal or borrow to get high is the reason you were probably told to do this, & it has become an epidemic... Mary
I used to keep my meds in my purse and I have a lot of teens who come in and out of the house and I noted once after several were over one day I was missing about 10 of my oxycodone. I then switched to putting them on my dresser in my bedroom and one day I left and some teens were in my house with my teens and, yep, I noticed about 12 missing this time. One particular boy was over both times and we are pretty sure he is the one. I have known this boy since he was a little bitty kid and I would NEVER have dreamed that he would steal from me, he was practically raised at our house, but I found out from my son that he was getting into some heavy drugs like heroin so he probably "borrowed" a few to help with withdrawals figuring I'd never notice. I have since heard that he has gone to rehab and is trying to stay clean but I keep my meds well out of site now. Someone would really have to search to find them.
It is better if you can find a lock box for them especially if you have a lot of traffic in your home. You just NEVER know who might steal from you, it could be ANYONE from your housekeeper, your neighbor, family members on to even professionals in your home. I heard once of a lady who had a home health nurse in her house and come to find out, the nurse was taking her pain pills, so you just never know. It is unfortunate that you cant trust people but it is likely that you know functioning addicts and dont realize it. Some people are very good at hiding their use. It may very well even be the person who told you this, as they are tempted to take them and are forewarning you to lock them up. It is hard to say who may do this to you. I always recommend to my patients that they lock their medicines up. Drug seekers know to look in kitchen cabinets, hall closets and bathrooms for meds. the kitchen and bathroom are terrible places to keep meds anyway. There is too much temperature changes and moisture in these places with hot steamy cooking and showering etc. The best place to keep them is in a lock box, out of site in your personal bedroom, like in a drawer or closet within the bedroom. People have a harder time explaining what they are doing in your bedroom (unless it is the housekeeper) and if they are locked up that also thwarts the would be thief. I prefer bedroom sites because the temperature is usually more consistant and there is usually no excessive moisture there but any where that you can think of that is less accessible and is cool and dry consistantly is a good place to put a lock box. You just need a small one unless you want to use it for jewelry and documents while you are at it. I recommend that if you use a small box that it is secured to a surface like the wall, ceiling or a shelf so someone doesnt simply walk off with the box! Take care and be safe!
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