Deterra Protects the Environment

Environmentally Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs

More than 100 different pharmaceuticals have been detected in lakes, rivers, reservoirs and streams throughout the world. These harmful chemicals can lead to harmful impacts to our health or the health of aquatic animals in our waters.

Pharmaceuticals aren’t just found in our surface waters, but they are being found in our aquifers underground, which make up 40% of our every day drinking water. To protect the environment, it is no longer acceptable to dispose of unused prescription drugs in the toilet or down a sink drain. They must be safely disposed of, often requiring the drug to be deactivated.

The Solution: Deterra® Deactivation System

A key component of our patented technology is a proprietary activated carbon. Owing to its affinity for organic compounds, activated carbon is considered to be a universal adsorbent. Pharmaceutical molecules and toxins will bind to activated carbon through intermolecular forces, and pharmaceuticals that are bound to the activated carbon will no longer be mobile nor physiologically active (e.g. deactivated). Activated carbon has been frequently administered to patients for the treatment of acute overdose and poisoning in emergency situations. It has been found to effectively bind a wide variety of drugs and poisons with a few notable exceptions (e.g. iron, lithium, potassium, and ethanol).