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Store drugs and alcohol safely at home

Store drugs and alcohol safely at home

Many youth report that home is where they find and try out substances. If you share a home with young people, you can prevent accidental or intentional access.

Take these steps to prevent youth from accessing substances like marijuana, alcohol, medications, cigarettes, and vaping products at home:

1. Safely store substances

You already store things like cleaning supplies and dangerous tools in a safe place away from kids. Treat substances the same way. Lock marijuana, alcohol, medications, and cigarettes and vaping products in a cabinet, box, or drawer.

Safely store substances

2. Keep track and dispose

Know the types and amounts of substances you have. Get rid of medications that are no longer needed or expired. Find a drop-box near you at:

Keep track and dispose of medications

3. Talk with youth

Help youth make healthy decisions. Talk about substance use and set clear expectations. Get tips on how to have these conversations at

Help youth make healthy decisions