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- Monitor: patients should always be in a position to know if any pills are missing
- Take note of how many pills are in each prescription bottle or pill packet
- Keep track of your refills for your own medication, as well as for other members of the household
- Make sure friends and relatives—especially grandparents—are aware of the risks and regularly monitor their own medicines
- Secure: prescriptions should be secured the same way as other valuables in the home, like jewelry or cash
- Take prescription medications out of the medicine cabinet and hide them in a place only you know about
- Encourage relatives and friends to secure their medications
- If possible, keep all medicines in a safe place
- An existing fire safe or gun safe
- Use a cut-proof bag designed for travel safety
- Locking medicine box or cabinet
American Pain Foundation. Problems with Opioids Can Be Prevented. Available at: http://www.painfoundation.org/painsafe/healthcareprofessionals/pharmacotherapy/opioids/preventing-problems.html. Accessed January 19, 2011.