Parents' prescriptions posing serious problem for kids
Prescription pills meant to help adults are hurting a growing number of children.
The latest victim is an Indiana toddler who police say appeared to swallow his father's medicine. The child was taken to Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.
Last week, police say two students at Franklin Middle School dealt drugs taken from home to other students. Monday, the toddler overdosed on antidepressants prescribed to his father.
"Unfortunate and what a shame it had to happen, because the reality is, it does not have to happen," said Randy Miller with Drug-Free Marion County.
Miller says raids on parents' medicine cabinets have to be prevented. Unsecured drugs like painkillers may lead kids to even deeper drug problems.
"When that supply is gone, or their source is gone, then they're out trying to find that high they got off the painkillers, the opiates. Then they turn to heroin," said Miller.
Big drop boxes, like one in the Fishers Police Department are turning up around the metro area. They they are for prescription drugs people are no longer using.
But what about the ones you're still taking that are around the house? The four-foot tall lock boxes won't fit in the bedroom.
"Drugs need to be treated like household cleaners," said Scott Watson with Heartland Intervention. "When we have little ones in the house, it's really important we secured those."
But most medicine cabinets do not lock. Online and at drugstores you can find drug lock boxes. Some even fasten to a wall or table. Some have keys others combinations for $20-30.
"In the case of little kids, you just want to secure them high above the ground. Sufficient enough," Watson said.
But for the older kids, experts say, you should consider the lockbox.