Prescription drug thefts pose a significant threat to public health and safety because of the propensity for abuse. Stolen medication is sometimes sold or traded on the street, and can lead to an overdose or other catastrophic medical problems when ingested without proper medical screening. As most of us know, drug abuse also leads to an increase in other crimes that can sometimes result in violence. Furthermore, the theft of prescription medication can result in the lapse of a medically necessary dose used to treat a medical condition. Due to strict regulation of some medication, replacing medically necessary drugs which have been stolen may not be easy to obtain or inexpensive for the victim. To prevent theft, it is suggested that all medication be stored in a secure location and within the properly marked container in which it was dispensed. It is also recommended that you keep track of medication so that missing pills or liquid is immediately detected. Medication that is no longer needed or which has expired should be safely disposed of by flushing it down a toilet.By following these simple tips you can help us to achieve our goal of “Leading The Way For A Safer Pinellas.”
For additional suggestions regarding home security please contact the Sheriff’s Office Crime Prevention Unit at (727) 582-5611.
- Tampa Bay Informer
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