I recently had hand surgery. The physician prescribed Oxycodone. I got it filled, even thought I thought I would need not it, since I have a very high pain tolerance. Later I realized that I would need some. As the pain got worse, I tried to wrestle the package open. I have no regular pharmacy, since I am only 69 and do not need medications.
No one had asked me if I was a senior, but the pharmacy knew the medication was for my hand. I am right handed, and the surgery was on the right hand. I could not use it to push down the top and twist it. I have no neighbors nearby. I ended up stabbing an ice pick into the top in a round circle, and then used a can opener to pry the area between those spots, and then shook out two pills. Happily I did not stab myself.
As a nurse, I know the importance of child proof caps, but it took me 20 minutes to access the medication, leading to increased pain. Should we be training pharmacists to ask older looking adults, if they want senior safe caps? There must be a solution for people with disabilities, arthritis and seniors who have decreased strength.
– Taffy A. Harwich, MA