WELCOME TO OUR PARENTS' CORNER
How do you get involved in
We Are A Safe Home?
One can register by completing an application, signing the pledge, and registering it with The We Are A Safe Home Program. Hop over to the "Become a Safe Home" page, find a community Partner, or register at one of our community outreaches.
How Can I Let Others Know That I Am a Part of
We Are A Safe Home?
- Place a We Are A Safe Home Sign in the front
window of your home
- Include a We Are A Safe Home card inside
invitations to your home
- Put a We Are A Safe Home icon on your vehicle
- Share a We Are A Safe Home social media
message on your news feed
HOW TO SAFELY STORE AND DISPOSE OF YOUR PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION.
It’s important that you organize and keep track of your medicines.
- Take an inventory of the medicines you have in your home every six months.
- Discard leftover prescription medicines from a previous illness or condition. You should never try to treat yourself (or anyone else) with an unused /old prescription medicine.
- Pick a location that is up and away and out of sight, like a kitchen cabinet or shelf in a hallway closet. According to SafeKids Worldwide, 23% of young children who got into medicines and ended up in the emergency room had found pills/tablets on the ground, and nearly 20% got into medicines stored in purses or diaper bags.
- Be aware that theft and abuse of prescription medicines—especially prescription pain and ADHD medications—is a serious problem. You can play a role in keeping these powerful medicines out of the hands of those who shouldn’t have them by storing them in a secure location in your home.
TIPS FOR DISPOSAL:
Mix the medicines (do not crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as dirt, kitty litter, or used coffee grounds. This prevents thievery or diversion of medicines from the trash.
Then, place the mixture in a container such as a zip-lock or sealable plastic bag, and throw the container away in your household trash.
Remove the label and/or scratch off all personal information on the label when disposing of a prescription vial.
Flush prescription medications down the toilet only if the label or accompanying patient information specifically instructs doing so (i.e., for specific medications, such as prescription pain relievers that have a high potential to be abused; check the FDA’s list of medicines recommended for disposal by flushing.). Otherwise, medicines can be thrown away in the household trash.
5. Take advantage of pharmacy “take-back” programs or solid waste programs to dispose of
unused or expired medicines.