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Medication Safety at Home

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Brought to you by Ventura County Responds and Ventura County Behavioral Health.


Child-resistant doesn’t mean child-proof. Secure your prescription and over-the-counter medications, including medical cannabis, out-of-reach from young children as well as teens. Child-resistant packaging helps but is no guarantee of safety.

  • Properly dispose of expired and unused medications
  • Use special care with medications that look like candy
  • Call your local Police Department for safe, confidential drop-off bins


In Ventura County in 2016, 9% of 9th graders, 14% of 11th graders said they used Rx painkillers, tranquilizers or sedatives to get “high.”  Most teenagers who abuse prescription drugs are given them for free by a friend or relative.

Don’t make it easy. Lock up your meds.

  • Keep track of pill quantities

  • Properly dispose of unused medications

  • Block access to online pharmacies and drug sources

  • Participate in county prescription drug take-back days

  • Learn the facts on Rx drug abuse

  • Talk about it

How Are Prescription Drugs Abused?

  • Taking medication that has been prescribed for somebody else.

  • Taking a drug in a way other than prescribed.

  • Taking a medication to get high.

How can you keep your home safe?

Start with creating a routine for keeping your family medications secure and safe from children.

  • Get involved in your community Prescription Drug Take-Back Days.

  • Use the Ventura County’s Prescription Drug Disposal Program

  • Consider buying a home Medicine Lock Box to secure your medications. Using a medicine lock box or locking cap can help keep your medication secure.

  • Visit Medicine Safe for one example of home medicine lock boxes: 

For more information, visit Ventura County Responds.