In an effort to promote the safe and secure storage of prescription medications, a group of local home builders, property managers and realtors are now purchasing and installing locking cabinets, drawers or lockboxes in each of the homes they build, manage and sell.
Doriot Construction (Vancouver), Milestone Property Management (Vancouver/Portland) and Kim Salvesen-Pauly of Windermere Real Estate Columbia River Gorge (Stevenson, WA) are among the first to join the “Locks Save Lives Home” campaign as industry partners.
“Safe medication storage benefits everyone’s health and well-being and is the single-most effective deterrent to accidental poisonings, overdose, medicine theft and misuse,” explained Kelley Groen-Sieckmann of Vancouver’s Prevent Coalition, developers of the Locks Save Lives Home campaign. “When you choose to become a Locks Save Lives Home partner, you invest in saving lives and prioritize safety by making safe medication storage easy and a standard for all families.”
Those involved in the campaign are now encouraging others in the residential development and home-building industry to join the Locks Save Lives Home movement and make a positive impact in the health and well-being of the community.
“A lot of things builders get asked to do take tens of thousands of dollars, but a $15 lock is a minuscule cost that can have life-long implications,” said Tracy Doriot, owner of Doriot Construction.
Craig Lyons, CEO of Milestone Property Management, said that he is proud to be a Locks Save Lives Home partner because, “part of being a good property manager is caring for the safety of your residents, and installing a cabinet lock or lockbox to store medications is a really simple way to show you care.”
With Locks Save Lives Home, we are seeking local and nationwide partnerships with residential builders, realtors and property managers wanting to invest in saving lives by making safe medication storage easy and a standard for all families. Visit www.LocksSaveLives.org and become a partner today!
Funding for Locks Save Lives Home is provided by a State Opioid Response Grant from Washington State Health Care Authority.
Supporting the Locks Save Lives Home campaign is a 19-member stakeholder committee comprised of home builders, property managers, realtors, and those in substance misuse prevention, healthcare and education.
Stakeholder committee members include:
- Tracy Doriot, Doriot Construction
- Angela Riddle, Vancouver Housing Authority
- Kim Salvesen-Pauly, Windermere Real Estate Columbia River Gorge
- Craig Lyons, Milestone Property Management
- Aideet Pineda, Molina Healthcare
- Leeanne O’Neil, Amerigroup
- Marcy Sprecher, Rocksolid Teen Center
- Kris Soske, La Center United
- Mercedes Zahler, La Center United
- Karen Douglass, One Prevention Alliance
- Sunday Sutton, Coalition for Preventing Abuse in Klickitat County
- James Tuning, Klickitat Valley Health
- Katherine Zavala, Central Vancouver Coalition
- Jennifer Kirby, Prevent Together Battle Ground Prevention Alliance
- Margaret McCarthy, Unite! Washougal Community Coalition
- Vitali Turlac, Unite! Washougal Community Coalition
- Joy Lyons, ESD 112
- Nick Shanmac, Kalama School District
- Kelley Groen-Sieckmann, Prevent Coalition
About Prevent Coalition
Supported by the fiscal agent ESD 112, Prevent Coalition is a community coalition formed in 2003 to increase collaboration, awareness, and reduce youth substance use in Southwest Washington. Prevent also implements initiatives for rural communities across Washington state. As a community mobilizer, we’re creating a culture promoting healthy choices; advocating for policies and regulations that protect, empower and nurture youth; and facilitating positive opportunities for youth to be involved and thrive. For more info, visit www.preventcoalition.org.