Secure Your Meds

Whether toddler or teen, Ottawa children are being harmed by medications they find in their own homes.

13% of Ottawa teens use prescription drugs that weren't prescribed for them and two-thirds got the drugs from a parent, sibling or someone else they live with [i].

You can reduce this risk by safely disposing of your medications to ensure they don't get into the wrong hands

If you need to have medications in the house, make sure to keep them locked up and check them from time to time.

Youth

Your medicine cabinet may be so easy to access that it might as well be out in public!

Are YOU in danger of becoming an accidental drug dealer?

13% of students used an opioid pain reliever non-medically in the past year, and two-thirds got the drug from a parent, sibling or someone else they live with.Whether you are a parent, grandparent, other family member or a friend of a teen, remember 13% of Ottawa high school students used prescription drugs that weren't prescribed for them and two-thirds got the drug from home! [i]

Watch for missing medication and return unused medications to your pharmacy or at a pharmacy participating in the Ontario Medication Return Program If you need to have prescription drugs at home, lock them up and check regularly.

 

Young Children

Child and pillsChildren are at particular risk of poisoning due to their growing curiosity and inexperience, not to mention their tendency to put everything in their mouths!

Half of all poison exposures occur among children younger than five years of age and medication is involved in 67 % of all unintentional poisonings of children age 14 and under.[i]

The most common call the Ontario Poison Control Centre receives for children under five are from a child ingesting pain relievers, which includes products that contain ibuprofen or acetaminophen. They are commonly found in people's homes and should be locked up with the rest of your family's medication

Try this QUIZ!


Pills or candy? Can you tell the difference? Your toddler can't either.

Medication in the home should be stored out of reach of children or in a locked cabinet.

When visitors come to your home, make sure they keep their purses, bags, etc. out of your child's reach.

Visitors may have unsafe and dangerous products with them. Keep their belongings out of your child's reach just as you do your own.

Learn Where To: Take back all unused or expired medicine.

If you need to have medications in the house, make sure to keep them locked up.

Where do I return my unused or expired medications?

You can return your unused or expired medications to your pharmacy, or you can check this searchable map from the Ontario Medications Return Program to find the nearest pharmacy that is registered in the Ontario Medications Return Program

For more information or to find a list of local resources, please visit: www.ParentingInOttawa.ca & www.StopOverdoseOttawa.ca

This blog was produced in collaboration with:  The Ottawa Overdose Prevention and Response Task Force, the Health Products Stewardship Association and Drug Free Kids Canada.

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