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Deterra Named Sustainability Product of the Year

The Deterra Drug Deactivation and Disposal System has been named a 2022 BIG Sustainability Product of the Year by the Business Intelligence Group (BIG).

The BIG Sustainability Awards honor organizations, people and products that have made sustainability a core part of their business and mission.

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How to Support Overdose Prevention

Multiple overdoses could have ended Jackie Polk’s life. Now in recovery, Jackie uses her experiences to advocate for overdose prevention and support for individuals who are struggling with substance use.

For International Overdose Awareness Day, Jackie shares her inspiring story and offers insight on how to reduce stigma and prevent overdoses.

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Order Deterra Online

Deterra products are now available to order in case quantities online. You can view pricing immediately, pay online, access one-click reordering and more. Simply create a business account to get started.

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Make the Most of Opioid Settlement Funds

Earlier this year, the nation’s top drug manufacturer and three major distributors finalized settlements that will infuse $26 billion into state and tribal governments to combat the opioid epidemic.

County officials and local government leaders have an important role in securing funding for resources and programs that will make the biggest impact in their communities.

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Find Funding for at-home drug deactivation resources

Looking for grant opportunities and other funding options to add evidence-based tools like the Deterra System to your prevention plan? Visit our new funding directory to view funding sources for government agencies, nonprofits, coalitions and more.

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Amplify Your Impact with Value Added Services

Deterra offers custom postcards and labels as well as online and mail-back surveys to help you promote your brand, educate users about Deterra, and measure the impact of your efforts. Learn more about how our Value Added Services can help you raise awareness about your organization, collect survey data and enhance your distribution of Deterra.

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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.


How much could you save by providing Deterra® Drug Deactivation and Disposal Pouches to your employees? Use our savings calculator, see an example model in How to Reduce the Cost of the Opioid Crisis with At-home Drug Disposal or contact us for a free custom report.

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.


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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.