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I continue to lose my Oxycodone.

RogerL62RRogerL62 Posts: 2
edited 11/01/2015 - 5:44 AM in Pain Medications
Working construction and trying to remember where to store my medication has continued to become an issue. I don't like carrying around the prescription bottle on site because it is too bulky and it has been stolen before out of my lunch cooler. Does anyone have an answer to how I can carry a few pills on me throughout the work day where they won't be lost or crushed? The less bulky the better.

Thanks for any advice.


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    There are very small pill containers..pill boxes...to prevent the crushing.
    Size would be good for front pocket in jeans and small enough to be unseen by others.
    And they would be on your person at all times.
    They would just hold the small amount of pills you would need for that day.

    You can purchase anywhere...check online, etc.... I happened to find mine by happy accident at an office supply store!
    Mine only 99cents. :)

    It is good you are addressing this problem, and realize you must keep meds safe.
    It so very dangerous for you and others for their stealing.
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  • If you ask your pharmacy, they may give you a medication label to put on your pillbox to identify what's in it and that it's prescribed to you. In some states, you must keep the medication in the original container or risk being busted.

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,833
    I must just be lucky or have an innocent look
    I never carry more than s days worth of all my medications .

    I keep them in a small metal container . I've been through several TSA checks at airports and no one ever questioned the contents.

    But I also have the app to my pharmacy that can identify my medications
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  • The biggest no no, (and I'm guilty of this from time to time), is to keep your medication in a zip lock baggie in your pocket with no identification. A retired police officer told me once that officers will arrest "their own mom's" for keeping meds in plastic bags. That's because drug dealers use the baggies to distribute their illegal drugs.
    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • If you have a Container Store or something similar, try there - they have an abundance of sizes and shapes.
  • If you search Amazon for "pocket pill case" there are many options there. Most of them are only 5-10 dollars.
    All questions and answers are given from a personal perspective only. I have congenital stenosis from C4-C7, and T7-S1. I am actively being seen my by doctor and following his advice. I strongly suggest that you do the same.
  • RogerL62RRogerL62 Posts: 2
    edited 11/25/2015 - 7:44 PM
    Thank you all for your post.

    My wife bought me a new wallet and found it by searching on google or facebook:

    Pill Pocket Wallet

    The wallet has a built in medication container that seals tight and prevents the pills from crushing. It has made taking my daily dose super convenient since it holds about 4-5 pills. We are buying some for other family members who we know face a similar difficulty.

    My wife found on facebook Pill Pocket Wallet is running a black Friday special for 20% off all merchandise. She said the code is "thanks"

  • One should NEVER carry prescribed meds in anything but the pharmaceutical container. This goes 100 x for pain meds now that we have governmental mania over pain meds and its interference with a physician's decisions regarding pain management (see current heroin epidemic for more). Explain your problem and ask your physician to contact your pharmacist (and this will be easier in a small pharmacy where you are known by the pharmacists) to put the proper med label on the smallest/best-shaped/hardest vial or container available and give it to you empty (or if they're as paranoid as they should be-split the Rx so the container is dispensed with a few pills in it). You have a further concern in that you have OSHA oversight on your job site. I don't know what your trade is, but if there was an injury accident and you were found to be in possession of narcotics, not in the pharmacy container (even though legally prescribed) it will add to your woes bigtime. If a cop is involved at any point you will likely be cuffed and incarcerated until you make bond. Same would happen if you got pulled over for speeding, opened your wallet and the cop saw the pills. I'm not anti-cop and abhor drug abuse, but pain medication possession and abuse are VERY VERY high on every cop's radar. Be careful. From an hour's research online, it appears in some states one can carry SOME meds in a container other than the original. In the case of controlled substances, they must be in the original container. From an article on a website for persons with chronic illness: "Take special care when leaving home with drugs that are on the controlled substance list. The rules for carrying these drugs are quite strict, and carrying these drugs outside of their original container and without the attached prescription, can be a felony crime in some states—even if the medications have been prescribed legally by a doctor." I'm not a lawyer, I don't know it that's true but it likely is.
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  • brandysue50bbrandysue50 Baldwinsville NYPosts: 46
    With my oxycodone. I use my sports type bra. I put them in the pocket where the padding is. Always safe for me! Atleast so far. Nobody knows. lol

    Sue W
  • PlumbTuckeredOutPlumbTuckeredOut Philadelphia, PAPosts: 325
    We both must have pretty honest faces! I take 8 prescription medications a day- three of these are controlled meds. I'd need a granny sack to carry all of that with me!

    When travelling it's always good to look up the TSA site before flights but last time I flew I could have a week's worth of each medication in a weekly med minder. Nothing needed to be labeled. (If it is labeled it's more likely to be a problem for TSA and some less than ethical workers! They are less likely to take a med they think may be fun or may be just for high blood pressure or hormone replacement!)

    I used to think that I needed to be toting my pharmacy info, my doctors info, all my medication info.... in 25 years of being on controlled meds I have never once been questioned any place other than a hospital or doctor's office.


    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by...... (Robert Frost)
    I still don't know if I should have taken the one that said, "Caution! Dead End" (Me)
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