May 15-21, 2016 is National Prevention Week, an annual health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, mental and substance use disorders and the importance of primary prevention. The campaign involves both communities and federal agencies working together to help raise awareness of behavioral health issues from substance abuse. But should we really leave this huge responsibility to just our communities and the government?
Safety and prevention starts at home, or least it should. We all have items in our possession that are tempting to those who shouldn’t be using them and sadly, if these things wind up in the wrong hands not only can it be dangerous and in some cases life-threatening, it can also be addictive. It used to be easy to simply put a lock on the liquor cabinet to keep the kids away but today’s youth is very crafty when it comes to being creative with just about any substance, especially with the Internet giving them step-by-step instructions. What about inhalers, antihistamines, anti-depressants, ADHD meds and now, medicinal marijuana? Can you throw them in with the alcohol?
Safe, responsible storage is paramount to prevention, especially in the home. Companies such as SneakGuard provide safe, responsible storage options allowing people to have these items in their homes and not fear they’ll be used for the wrong purposes, by the wrong people. While National Prevention Week is primarily targeted at the youth, it’s a good reminder for all ages, even those younger than teens whose curiosity is at its peak.
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