Minnetonka’s Verde says it has big solution for prescription drug abuse in its Deterra product

Verde Technologies of Minnetonka asserts that it has a partial solution to the trafficking in prescription drugs.

It’s the misused prescription painkillers in medicine chests that kill more Americans from overdoses than heroin or cocaine.

Oxycodone, Percocet, Vicodin and other opioids are swiped by friends, relatives and burglars for use or sale.

Verde’s “Deterra” drug-deactivation packets, rolled out this year and embraced so far by dozens of police departments, pharmacies and clinics and a big health care system, gives consumers an easy, environmentally benign way to destroy excess prescription drugs at little to no cost, and render them safe for disposal or flushing.

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