How do I legally protect my prescription pills from getting stolen?
Q: What's the best way to legally protect my prescription medication from getting stolen? Can I keep a smaller amount in an unlabeled pill keeper or store less of it in the prescribed bottle? -- ChloeA: Well, Chloe, this is sort of a complicated question, but it`s one we get quite a bit. First of all if a person is outside their own home and they have what`s called a scheduled prescription medication, which are things like Oxycodone or Vicodin, these are drugs of abuse, it needs to be in a prescription bottle, but you ask a great question. If I don`t want it to be stolen or taken, can I have less of it in there and the answer is yes. You can put a couple of pills in there, but you should have a labeled bottle with you, especially if you`re out in public. And also just be aware that just because a person has a prescription medication doesn`t mean they can`t be charged with DUI or impairment. The issue is if a person is impaired, if their driving is impaired, doesn`t matter what the substance is; it could be alcohol, it could be an illegal drug, or it could be a prescription drug, that person can be charged, so having that proof with you is certainly important but not driving impaired is even more important so great question" -- Bremerton Police Chief Steve Strachan