Is your medicine cabinet prepared for the holidays?

The house is clean, the grocery list is made, and the family is invited, but before you kick back and enjoy the holiday season don’t forget this one VERY important thing!

This informational article comes to you in partnership with the Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition.

With the holidays right around the corner, it is so important to be sure you’ve cleaned out any unwanted or unused prescription drugs. Think about the curious teenagers that may be coming over or the ornery toddlers that will be pulling draws open. Here’s what to do.

1.) Sit down and think about the last time someone in your home was prescribed medication. Did your son or daughter have a recent sports injury? Did you or your husband have surgery? Did you open your home to take care of a relative as they recovered from a surgery or illness?

2.) Make a plan. Starting an organization project without a plan can lead to one big mess and a ton of stress. Plan to go room-by-room over the next week. This will allow you to allow plenty of time to really clean each space and help ensure you don’t forget a space.

3.) Gather all of the unwanted and unused medication together in one place. This will help you easily dispose of everything you’ve found.

4.) Find out if there is an upcoming drug take-back day in your area. If there isn’t one coming up anytime soon, you can reach out to a local police station or your local Anti-Drug Coalition and inquire about permanent drug disposal boxes in your area. Additionally, The Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition offers drug disposal bags for free. The bags allow you to safely and securely dispose of your prescription medication right from home.

5.) Do one more walkthrough just to be sure you didn’t miss anything. 

For more information, including permanent drug disposal boxes in your community and more, visit


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