This may sound incredibly unnecessary, especially if you have little ones. But if you have little ones, it's even more important to get into the habit now, so that when the time comes, it won't seem out of place. Just natural. What I'm talking about is locking up your alcohol or drugs and especially your pain medications. True story. I had a friend in high school who would steal her mom's vodka, she would put it in a water bottle and put water in the vodka bottle.
Don't let that happen to you. If you're a vodka drinker, remember this vodka doesn't freeze. So if you mark your vodka and stick it in the freezer, you'll know whether or not your kids been stealing it. But before it even gets to that point, how about locking up your alcohol and drugs. Most of kids who get drugs or alcohol, mainly alcohol, they get it from their own parents, fridge or medicine cabinet so start as soon as possible. If your kids are young, it won't faze them at as this will just be a part of life.
If they're older, you may have a little explaining to do if they ask but just keep it simple. You can just say that you feel more comfortable for everyone involved with the alcohols locked up and then end it there. No long explanation is needed. So how do you lock up your drugs or alcohol. If you have wine or room temperature alcohol, you can get a basic cabinet lock from a hardware store. If you have beer or other alcoholic drinks, you can get a separate mini fridge or put a lock on it.
Or better yet, don't stock up only by what you plan to drink that night. If you find yourself going to the store every day to buy alcohol for that night then it's time for you to take a look at your own alcohol use. Drinking alcohol every night is never a good sign. When it comes to prescription pills, hide them or lock them up immediately. Go to your medicine cabinet right now and take a look at what pain pills you have any opioids like Percocet, Vicodin, Tylenol, three, those need to be hidden or locked up right away. There are other pills that you should lock up to.
Basically anything that can get you high like Xanax, barbituates, and so on. If you're unsure if your medication can get someone high, a quick online search should help