The twenty-first capacity that I introduce in my eBook is that you must stock two to three weeks of prescription medications, if necessary. In it I state that:
You must “stock two to three weeks of prescription medications, if necessary. Any prescription medications—including those that are not life-sustaining—should be stocked and rotated. Again, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about how to properly do this.”
As mentioned in a previous series post, if you take life-saving prescription medications then you MUST do whatever you can to ensure you have the medications you need to stay alive. I’ll repeat a few bullet points that are worth repeating here:
- Prescription medication are a must-have, especially those that keep you alive! This could include anything from heart medications to asthma inhalers and insulin. Work with your doctor and pharmacist to build up a stockpile; here’s a nice article on how to do so: How to Get Your Doctor to Help You Stockpile Medicine, by Cynthia J. Koelker, MD. There are other ways to acquire supplies: Letter Re: How to Stock up on FDA-Approved Prescription Medicines.
- You need to consider medications that aren’t necessarily life-saving but reality-saving as well. Specifically, I’m talking about any psychiatric medications or anti-depression meds. People need to be able to think clearly/rationally and an emergency is the wrong time to be off these prescriptions.
You doctor should always be your first resource. Get to know him or her (and let them know you), develop the trust they need to see from you (so that they know you won’t abuse your requests), and be honest with your concerns. Don’t abuse your relationship and ask for years of prescriptions. Be realistic and consider the doctor’s perspective!
I want to point out that stockpiling prescription medications isn’t just about life-saving drugs. This could be anything that you take a prescription for, including allergy management, cholesterol, thyroid, heartburn, or whatever the case may be. If you regularly take medications that require a doctor’s authorization then you owe it to yourself to ensure you have these medications on-hand in the event our normal distribution channels are disrupted. The same can be said for any family members that require such medications too.