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Prevention is Key in the Fight Against Opioid Misuse

The misuse of opioid painkillers has become a national crisis. In 2016, 11.5 million people misused prescription opioids according 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. That’s an alarming number.

In that same year, according the Mortality in the United States Data Brief, 42,249 people died from overdosing on opioids.

Opioid abuse is on the rise and it’s become a huge problem. So, to prevent this further in your community, turn to locking opioid bags from Cardinal Bags. These locking zipper bags are a powerful prevention tool that give the rightful prescription owner better control over his or her medications, provide an effective deterrent, as well as a clear alert that there was tampering to help us all take a stand against the national opioid crisis.

Locking Opioid Bags Allow You To Take Control

A locking security bag allows you to take control of a situation where there may be suspected opioid misuse or abuse. Unfortunately, one of the most common ways this happens is when opioid prescriptions are stolen by a friend or family member.

For example, a friend or family member might have tried to take your opioid prescriptions from you. To keep it from happening again, the first thing you might do is hide your prescriptions in what you think are secure locations throughout your home such as stowing them away in your jewelry armoire or hiding them in kitchen cabinet. This may seem like a clever way to hide your prescriptions. However, it’s not since these are two easy to find places within your home. Some other easy to find hiding places include:

  • A locked medicine cabinet
  • Behind items in a closet
  • A drawer
  • Boxes within a basement or storage area
  • Hidden between clothes in a dresser or closet

Instead of trying to hide your prescriptions in not-so-secure locations throughout your home, like those listed above, you can securely lock your medicine to prevent your friend or family member from trying to steal it. By doing this, you’re placing your medication in a secure place that only you can access with a key or combination, taking control of the situation so your friend or family member can stop taking advantage of you.

Lockable Opioid Bags Keep People Honest

When someone sees a locking opioid bag with an oversized lock from Cardinal Bag Supplies he or she will think twice when it comes to actually trying to take it. Basically, the locked bag keeps them honest and provides an effective deterrent to stealing, making a person think twice about becoming a thief!

The nice thing about Cardinal Bag’s locking bag is that there are different options available. For instance, you can get combination lock bags, or if you’re worried about having to remember numbers, you can get bags that are secured with a key. No matter which locking zipper bag you choose, each has known to be effective when it comes to keeping people honest.

Locked Opioid Bags Tell You Right Away When There’s A Problem

If someone should try and get into your locking bag, you will know about it because the bag itself comes with a zipper built intentionally using plastic. The reason plastic was selected as a material by Cardinal Bags is due to the fact that a metal zipper can be manipulated back into place, so you won’t know until it’s too late that someone was trying to break into it.

With a bag that has a  zipper made from plastic, this is not the case. If a friend or family member tries to tamper with it, you will know immediately, just by looking at it. Sure, this might not seem like a big deal, but by knowing immediately if it’s been tampered with, you can begin looking into what happened. And by looking into what happened, you can possibly prevent others from being hurt by what they might have taken.

Take A Stand Against Opioids In Your Community

By taking steps to protect yourself and prevent others from misusing and abusing opioids, you join the fight against opioid abuse. This important prevention tool is already making an impact in the State of Washington’s WHATCOM Has Hope, heroin and other opioid prevention and education program, that has now made this important tool available at local pharmacies.

Evidence shows that when we invest in prevention, we can save lives, like those of our family or friends, as well as save money. Research also shows that every dollar invested in research-based prevention programs yields a ten-fold savings vis-a-vis treatment for alcohol or other substance misuse-related costs. (WSIIP)

In the end, when you invest in locking opioid bags, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that opioid painkiller prescriptions are being kept safe in your community. Opioid abuse cost the United States $504 billion in 2015 according to the White House Council of Economic Advisors, but together, we can lock up America’s opioid crisis.

Join Cardinal Bags in leading the charge in combating the opioid crisis. For more information on locking opioid bags visit or contact Cardinal Bag Supplies: (855) 235-7230 [email protected]

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