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Why You Need a Medicine Lock Box

Have you ever thought about getting a lock box for your medications?  Using a lock box for medication in your home can prevent accidental overdoses, theft, and potential misuse.  Every year thousands of children and teens are harmed by taking medications without parental consent or by misusing over the counter and prescription medications.  If any of the following situations apply to your household, it may be a good idea to consider getting a lock box.

What is Molly?

Molly, the common name for the pure crystalline powder form of MDMA or ecstasy, is considered a club drug.  A club drug is a drug that teens and young adults commonly use at social events including parties, concerts, raves, and clubs.  MDMA affects our mood and our awareness of surrounding objects and conditions.  It also increases energy, pleasure, feelings of emotional warmth, and distorts our perception of time.  MDMA is usually taken in a pill form however it can come in a powder or liquid form as well. 

What You Need to Know About OTC Drugs

Frequently misused and abused drugs that are often forgotten about are over-the-counter medications.  Over-the-counter medications do not require a prescription and include cold, allergy and cough medications that we are able purchase from any pharmacy.**  Some over-the-counter medications do have the potential for misuse when taken at a higher than recommended dose, when taken to get high, or when mixed with other medications or drugs.

What over-the-counter medications should you be aware and wary of?  The most commonly misused ones are Dextromethorphan (DXM) and Loperamide. 

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