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[cancer] Things you don’t think about but probably should

Recently a youthful visitor to my house was playing unattended in my bathroom and spilled open my pillbox. There are five different prescription drugs in that pillbox that would be readily harmful or fatal to a child, and several more that would make a child very miserable. There are additional prescriptions about the counter that would also be harmful or fatal.

It has never occurred to me that I needed to access-proof my bathroom. Although my house is reasonably high traffic, almost everyone who comes here is well known to me. (Including the pill-spiller.) And as such, is trusted by me to be sensible. And frankly, access-proofing my medications would be a giant pain in the neck.

So what do I do? In the short run, I’m considering requiring all non-residents of the house to use the downstairs bathroom. That doesn’t change the fact that a destructive (accidental or purposeful) visitor, or a drug-seeking visitor, couldn’t just slip into my bathroom for a look around. It just never occurred to me that this could be a factor. About the only possible solution I can imagine is installing a locking cabinet.

Just what I fucking need. A drug safe.

I miss the days when the most dangerous thing in my bathroom besides the cleaners under the sink was my statin drugs. Sigh.

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