FAQ

The Deterra Drug Deactivation System is a new technology that renders pharmaceutical compounds inert. The product effectively reduces the availability of drugs, whether in the home or in a healthcare setting, that are for abuse and misuse. In addition, through the innovative packaging design, Deterra is now made from environmentally responsible Omnidegradable® material.

Each patented Deterra pouch contains a water-soluble inner pod containing MAT12® activated carbon. Once the pharmaceuticals are placed in the pouch, you add warm water, which dissolves the inner pod releasing the activated carbon. The warm water also dissolves prescription pills, patches and liquids allowing them to be adsorbed by the carbon, rendering them inert and irretrievable.

Deterra will deactivate any organic medications including opioids. However, it will not adsorb any metals such as Iron or lithium contained in certain medications. If your medication has specific disposal instructions, please follow the directions as given.

Water treatment facilities struggle to filter out all pharmaceutical drugs from the water. As of 2014, there were over 1,500 published reports of the occurrence of pharmaceuticals in sewage, surface waters, ground waters, and elsewhere.  Because of these findings, most federal, state and local authorities are now recommending (and many requiring) that pharmaceuticals NOT be disposed in the toilet or sink.

Cat litter, coffee grounds, and sawdust make the drug undesirable but do not deactivate the drugs. Once in the landfill, these drugs can still leach out into the ground and into the water. Third party testing proves that the MAT12 carbon in Deterra deactivates the drugs rendering them inert and more environmentally friendly.

With Deterra, the process of deactivation starts immediately, but it takes time to complete. Some highly soluble drugs will dissolve and react rapidly, while other less soluble drug types will take longer to dissolve and react. The deactivation period varies based on volume and type of medication. It is important to keep Deterra out of the reach of children and pets as the product is deactivated.

Yes, Deterra is available in multiple sizes. Please consult our website or a Deterra representative to determine which size will best meet your needs. www.deterrasystem.com

The recommended capacity is listed on each Deterra package. Adding drugs to Deterra in amounts at (or less than) our recommended capacity will result in optimal deactivation efficiency. If one were to add slightly more than the recommended pharmaceutical capacity, deactivation of additional drugs will still occur but at reduced efficiency.

The water-soluble pod located inside the pouch will not open and expose the carbon to the pill or the patch. Warm water will also help to dissolve pills and draw the drugs out of patches. The absence of water will not allow the deactivation process to begin, however will start deactivating prescription liquids. Please follow the directions on the back of the Deterra drug deactivation system.

The granular activated carbon used in Deterra is non-corrosive to skin or eyes.  The carbon is considered non-flammable and stable under normal conditions for shipment, storage and use. There are no known harmful effects associated with ingestion of carbon. It is considered non-toxic.

Deterra Drug Deactivation System MSDS

Based on testing, back extraction of the deactivated drugs is not effective. When used properly, the activated carbon will retain the drugs, rendering the contents of the Deterra drug deactivation system inert and irretrievable.

The Deterra pouch is made from environmentally friendly materials. Go to www.tekpaksolutions.com for more information.This allows for the degradation of the plastic pouch through the use of an organic additive that reacts with the microbes found in a landfill.  The result is the release of water and carbon dioxide, with little organic biomass left behind.  This greatly reduces the amount of material left in landfills. The incineration process releases smog inducing gases, ozone depleting agents, carcinogenic compounds, and other by-products that can cause negative effects on the environment.

Government agencies do not endorse specific products. However, Verde has been awarded a contract from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), a part of the U.S. National Institute of Health (NIH), for the development of a cost effective, easy to use at-home drug deactivation system. Following the Phase 1 product evaluation and full report, NIDA then awarded the Phase 2 contract to Verde to commercialize these products. In addition, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) recently revised their National Drug Control Policy to include support of “At-Home Drug Deactivation Systems” for use in safely removing unwanted drugs from the home. The Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration in Northern Alabama has distributed Deterra as a means for people to dispose of drugs as needed.

In-home drug disposal is generally unregulated by federal, state or local authorities. Customers using Deterra in an institution should follow all federal, state and local regulations. We have found state and local authorities to be very helpful, and they can usually be conveniently contacted for questions.

According to the DEA, any destruction method applied to a controlled substance must render it “non-retrievable” and subsequently unavailable, unusable, and no longer available for diversion for all practical purposes. Testing results have shown Deterra to meet these standards. Ultimately, it is up to the individual waste generator to ensure that they comply with all local, state and federal regulations.