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6 WAYS TO SAFEGUARD YOUR MEDICATIONS

  1. DON’T TELL MANY PEOPLE ABOUT YOUR MEDICATION TYPES.
    Keeping your prescription types private may help in preventing unwanted attention to your medications. Not telling others about your medications will also keep your medical problems private.
  2. DON’T GIVE MANY PEOPLE ACCESS TO YOUR MEDICATIONS.
    Minimize the number of people who help you with your medications.
  3. KNOW HOW MUCH MEDICATION YOU HAVE.
    Do a routine count of your medications on a regular basis to make sure none are missing. LOCKMED lock boxes include a medication log sheet to keep track of the quantity of your medications.
  4. DISCARD UNUSED MEDICATIONS PROPERLY.
    If your treatment is complete or you are not using certain strong medications any longer, properly discard them to reduce the amount of medications in the home.
  5. LOCK UP YOUR MEDICATIONS.
    Keep your medications locked up at home.
  6. ASSESS YOUR RISK OF MEDICATION THEFT FOR ABUSE AT HOME.
    You should assess your risk at home. A common screening tool is the Opioid Risk Tool (ORT) that you could use to assess some level of risk stratification at home. Please find the Opioid Risk Tool below. If your ORT score is low, LOCKMED products may be right for you. If your ORT is moderate risk, LOCKMED products may or may not be right for you. A safe would be recommended to store your opioids at home. If your ORT score is high risk indicating high risk for opioid abuse, you should consider avoid storing any opioids at home.


Opioid Risk Tool

The Opioid Risk Tool screening tool is below. Although it has been studied and used with patients in pain management clinics, this tool can provide you with some level of risk stratification to individuals prone to opioid abuse. A score of 3 or lower indicates low risk for future opioid abuse, a score of 4 to 7 indicates moderate risk for opioid abuse, and a score of 8 or higher indicates a high risk for opioid abuse.

Mark each box that applies

Female

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Male

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Family history of substance abuse

Alcohol

1

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3

Illegal drugs

2

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3

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Rx drugs

4

4

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Personal history of substance abuse

Alcohol

3

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3

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Illegal drugs

4

4

Rx drugs

5

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5

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Age between 16—45 years

1

1

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History of preadolescent sexual abuse

3

0

Psychological disease

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ADD, OCD, bipolar, schizophrenia

2

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2

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Depression

1

1

Scoring totals

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Questionnaire developed by Lynn R. Webster, MD to asses risk of opioid addiction.

Webster LR, Webster R. Predicting aberrant behaviors in Opioidtreated patients: preliminary validation of the Opioid risk too. Pain Med. 2005; 6 (6) : 432