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THE NECESSITY OF DRUG SAFES IN AUSTRALIA

It is surprising how much people underestimate the value of owning a drug safe in Australia. Statistics show that around 7.3 million people in Australia consume illegal drugs, and most of them start doing so during their teenage years. Furthermore, according to the Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol and Drug Survey 2014, 16% of students aged between 12 and 17 reportedly consumed illicit drugs. These statistics ranked higher in locations such as Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Sydney, and other similarly affluent coastal cities in Australia.

One of the primary stimulants of drug use is the easy availability of unlocked prescription drugs in teenagers’ homes. That’s why it’s crucial for everyone to own a lockable drug cabinet, or at least a medication lock box. In addition to the medicines falling into the hands of kids, having drugs lying around openly also leaves them open to theft, wrongful consumption, accidental poisoning, etc. To avoid such catastrophes, it’s imperative that every home in Australia — but especially in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, Gold Coast, and Sydney — should own drug safes or a lockable medicine cabinet.

Below are a few reasons or situations that necessitate the ownership of a medicine safe in Australia. Read more

Hospitals and Clinics

It goes without saying that all hospitals and Clinics dealing with medicine should have a secure drug safe. In fact, it is a legal requirement for all medical facilities to store schedule 8 medicines (controlled drugs) in drug safes.

Owning Prescription Medicines

Almost every household in Australia has some form of prescription medications lying around their home. These may be painkillers for high blood pressure, arthritis, or a number of other debilitating problems. However, misuse of prescription painkillers and other medicines is an epidemic in Australia.

Young kids can get their hands on these drugs or teenagers can experiment with them, and the results can range from a mild hangover and fatigue to poisoning and death. As such, if you own prescription drugs, you should always keep them safely in a lockable medicine box.

Protecting Young Adults

Most states in Australia, including the regions of Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, and many others, have legalized medicinal cannabis. This is often used as an alternative to prescription drugs. However, Cannabis poses several risks when the ingestion isn’t monitored.

Parents never really consider that their teenage kids would ever go down the path of substance abuse. However, against what popular belief might have one believe, drug addiction doesn’t only occur because of broken homes or poverty. It can happen because of simple negligence as well. Teenagers often resort to their parent’s medicine cabinet because they erroneously believe that these can be safer than street drugs. If not your own teenage kid, it could be their friends who sneak into your medications when they’ve been invited over. The earlier a teenager starts consuming drugs, the more likely they are to get addicted. This is yet another strong reason why you need a medicine safe in Australia.

Medicinal Cannabis should always be stored in a lockable drug cabinet.

During Travels

If you travel often, you have great reason to purchase a medication lock box. You can store all your prescription medicines in the lockbox when you travel around. This will reduce the chances of your drugs being stolen when you’re on the move. Furthermore, while you’re traveling, you should store all your drugs back home in a strong drug safe. If you leave your drugs out in the open, they could pose a danger to kids or even your babysitter.

However, a medication lock box doesn’t have to be designed simply for medicines. It can also be used to store jewelry, cash, and other items of value. When you’re staying in hotels, you can keep all your valuables (such as your passport) in a medicine lock box so that they don’t get stolen.

A Household with Children

The older you get the more prescription drugs you’re likely to use. As such, if you live in a house with small kids, it’s absolutely imperative for you to get a drug safe.

According to studies, around 5,700 children are rushed to the emergency room every year because their caretaker accidentally gives them the wrong medication. The same study also finds that 90% of all poisonings amongst small children happens in their own home. Furthermore, around 100,000 children ingest drugs belonging to their grandparents every year.

With these statistics, the possibility of kids ingesting their grandparents’ drugs is all too real. You can prevent such a tragedy from happening by simply locking up your medicines and other harmful products in a drug safe.

These are some of the most prominent reasons why you should buy a drug safe or lockable medicine cabinet in Australia.

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