Home Safety- How To Prevent Substance Abuse At Home

Preventing Poisoning

  • Keep all medicines, out of sight and out of children’s reach (in a locked cabinet). Since drugs ingested in large quantities can be very harmful to children. 

  • Make sure purses and bags containing highly poisonous stuffs are kept out of the reach of kids at all times.

  • Be aware of all medicines in your home (including that from relatives if your kids spend a lot of time there).

 

  • Always prepare and give medicine to a child in an open space with enough light to see what you giving. So you do not give the wrong dosage or even the wrong medicine.

  • Never leave vitamin and other drugs on kitchen tables, countertops, on the floor, or dresser tops. Kids may decide to try to copy adults and help themselves.

 

  • Never let your child see medicine as candy.

 

  • All medicines — including ones for children — are dangerous if accidentally taken by others, even in small amounts. If your older child or teen manages his or her own medicines, make sure they know and follow the family rules on safely storing the medicine. Supervise your kids and make sure they take the prescribed dosage.