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Deterra Officially Endorsed by CADCA and the DEA Educational Foundation

The DEA Education Foundation and Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) endorse Deterra ® Drug Deactivation SystemRead the full endorsement letters to learn why Deterra is trusted over other products for safe drug deactivation and disposal. 

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Read our latest case study to get inspired by the success of the Deterra Project, a grant-funded initiative by Ohio’s Summit County Community Partnership to distribute over 140,000 Deterra Drug Deactivation and Disposal Pouches and destroy 5.5 million unused pills. 

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New Grant Guide Coming Soon 

In March, we’re releasing a digital resource with valuable tips on grant writing and a guide to grant opportunities for evidence-based drug deactivation and disposal solutions like Deterra. Sign up to be notified via email when the grant guide is available.

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Safely Discard Unwanted, Unused Medications

Safe use, safe storage, and safe disposal are three important points to remember with all medicines, even over-the-counter ones. Deterra products make it easy to safely deactivate and dispose of unneeded medication at home or in a clinical setting. 

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Education and Easy Disposal Option Lower Opioid Supply 

A new study published in Anesthesiology News shows a nearly 80% increase in proper at-home drug disposal in post-surgical gynecological patients when disposal education is coupled with the distribution of Deterra Pouches.   

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Deterra is the Solution for Safe Medication Disposal

Deterra is on a mission to prevent drug abuse and protect our environment through safe, permanent disposal of unused prescription and over the counter medications. The Deterra Drug Deactivation and Disposal System is the only product that is independently tested and scientifically proven to destroy drugs for good. Our patented, easy-to-use drug disposal system can be used at home or in a clinical setting to safely destroy unused or expired medications, making them unavailable for misuse and safe for disposal in the normal trash.

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Employee substance abuse costs employers time and money in lost productivity and increased medical & insurance costs. Protect employees from the risk of drug abuse with a proven prevention solution and save your business money.

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Healthcare professionals are at the forefront of the fight against prescription drug misuse. Deterra’s drug disposal products help patients and healthcare facilities prevent misuse and diversion, while being compliant with many drug disposal laws.

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Leftover prescription drugs fuel the US opioid crisis in our communities. Deterra is a proven, cost-effective prevention product used by law enforcement and government agencies nationwide to help keep unused medications out of the wrong hands and prevent addiction before it starts.

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Unused prescription drugs pose a risk of abuse and accidental poisoning, but improper disposal can harm the environment and contaminate our water supply. Deterra Pouches are a convenient, environmentally sound option for proper drug disposal right at home.

Deterra Destroys Unused Medication in 3 Easy Steps 

The patented Deterra® System deactivates prescription drugs, pills, patches, liquids, creams and films. Deterra renders them inert, unavailable for misuse and safe for the environment. In a simple 3-step process, a user deactivates the drugs by putting them in a Deterra pouch or container, adding water, shaking and throwing it away. It’s truly that simple.

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Place Medication in Pouch

Open pouch and place unused medications inside.

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Fill Halfway with Water

Fill halfway with warm water and wait 30 seconds. Foaming may occur.

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Seal, Shake & Dispose in Trash

Seal tightly, gently shake and dispose of in normal trash.

Deterra has brought me peace of mind that my medications are now safely inactivated and disposed of in an environmentally safe manner. This option should be free and widely available at any pharmacy or by mail. In fact, they should come with every opioid prescription!

What is Deterra?

We created Deterra to reduce the risk of abuse, misuse and accidental ingestion of leftover medication, especially prescription opioids. Learn more about our solution to safe drug disposal.

How Does Deterra Work?

Deterra Pouches can rid any home of dangerous, leftover drugs in minutes. See how easy it is to deactivate and dispose of pills, patches, liquids, creams and films in three simple steps.

Patented Drug Deactivation Technology

The Deterra System is powered by proprietary activated carbon, which permanently deactivates prescription and over the counter drugs. Developed under federal contract awarded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), our patented technology is independently lab-tested and scientifically proven to deactivate drugs, rendering them unavailable for misuse and safe for disposal.