Mary Alice Reporting – The Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition is reminding residents to get rid unused medication or put them away to prevent drug misuse.

With holiday gatherings take place, those with prescription medication are asked to take a few moments and ensure any unwanted pills are disposed of properly.

Coordinator for the Coalition Jodi Salvo says the need is to prevent visitors, adults and children, from gaining access to the prescription.

“Diversion can happen right from the home. Substance use initiation can come from home medicine cabinets. You just don’t know what people are struggling with. Whether it’s relatives, friends, or family, when they come into the home, just make sure that you take a moment to take care of [any medicine].”

Safe and proper disposal is also important with several drop-box locations at various law enforcement agencies across the county.

“Six permanent drop-off boxes. The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office is open 24/7, New Philadelphia Police Department is open 24/7, Dennison Police Department 24/7. Stop by. They have what looks like mail boxes, you drop them in, and you’re good to go.”

Salvo adds that the Anti-Drug Coalition also has Deterra Drug Disposal pouch available for small amounts. More details can be found at www.adctusc.org.

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