What is the Lock Your Meds Campaign?
Anuvia is committed to preventing the abuse of prescription drugs in Mecklenburg County. Research has shown that most youth who begin trying prescription drugs for non-medical purposes do so at their home. We at Anuvia want to take a proactive step to ensure we are limiting access to prescription drugs within the homes of our community members.
Lock Your Meds ® is a national campaign through the National Family Partnership. This campaign is aimed at encouraging parents and caregivers to keep all medication in their home locked away and out of reach of youth.
Medication Misuse by the Numbers
- Nationally, about 1 in 9 youth aged 12 to 25 have reported using prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription. (National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2010. NIDA Infographic)
- In 2015, about 18% of NC high schoolers have reported taking prescription drugs without a doctor’s prescription. (2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results. p 11)
- In Mecklenburg County about 19% of high schoolers have reported taking prescription drugs for non-medical purposes in their lifetime. (2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Results)
- In 2015, Mekclenburg County had the highest number of opioid deaths in the state. (2016 State of the County Health Report)
What Can I Do to Prevent Prescription Drug Abuse?
- Properly store prescriptions by locking up them up. Keep them out of reach of others and out of the medicine cabinet.
- Dispose of medications properly. Click the ‘Medication Disposal Locations’ image for a list of disposal sites around Mecklenburg County.
- Educate yourself and your family by learning about the most commonly abused types of prescription medications.
- Parents: Set clear rules and monitor your child’s behavior to ensure that the rules are being followed.
- If someone you know might have a problem, seek help.
- Naloxonsaves.org – A website that provides information to pharmacies and the public about North Carolina’s statewide standing order for naloxone.
- Good Samaritan Law/Naloxone Access – click to learn more about the “911 Good Samaritan” Law/Naloxone Access (SB20). The bill aims to provide limited immunity from prosecution charges for less than one gram of drugs or paraphernalia to people who call 911 to report an overdose, among other provisions.
- Script Your Life Medication Planning Tool (English)
- Script Your Life Medication Planning Tool (Spanish)
- Why the Label Matters (English)
- Why the Label Matters (Spanish)
- Over-the-Counter Medicine Safety Poster