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Clean Out the Cabinet.org

Sponsored by the Utah County Division of Substance Abuse, Utah County Health Department, Intermountain Healthcare, local law enforcement, business and community members.

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Welcome to Clean Out The Cabinet.org

Why Clean out your Medicine Cabinet?

Although adults and teens are turning away from street drugs, there's a new threat from the family medicine cabinet: the abuse of prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. Unfortunately, Utah has one of the highest pain pill abuse rates in the nation and more teens abuse Rx drugs than any illicit drug. Together we can change these facts.

What Prescriptions are Abused?

Prescriptions of abuse include painkillers, such as those drugs prescribed after surgery; depressants, such as sleeping pills or anti-anxiety drugs; and stimulants, such as those drugs prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Teens are also abusing OTC drugs, such as cough and cold remedies.

How You Can Protect Your Family?

For simple tips click on the Parents tab.



3 reasons you should Clean Out Your Cabinet:

  • Utah leads the nation in prescription pain medication abuse


  • 70% of those who abuse pain relievers say they get them from friends or relatives —
    typically without their knowledge


  • Improperly disposing of drugs can harm our water supply and aquatic life