Monthly Archives August 2015

Pain.Pill.Problem. Summit Highlights Need for Safe Rx Disposal, Congressman Emmer Calls Deterra Key Solution

The Deterra team joined more than 1,000 healthcare providers, public health officials, law enforcement representatives and community leaders in Minneapolis last Tuesday to discuss Minnesota’s growing prescription drug abuse problem and how we can work together to reverse the trends. The Pain. Pill. Problem. summit featured high-profile guests including Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representative Tom Emmer, who specifically highlighted Deterra as a key solution. Prior to the conference, we met with former California congresswoman and drug abuse prevention advocate Mary Bono to discuss the need for Deterra and to learn more about new national initiatives.
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Education Helping to Beat Prescription Drug Addiction

This article dives into how one clinic is trying to make a difference through patient education.  The more knowledge about the problem we can spread the more we can do to fight it.  We hope that education, along with products like Deterra, will help curb the prescription drug epidemic in our country. A 2010 Centers for Disease Control report stated that one in twenty Americans age 12 or older has used prescription painkillers for nonmedical reasons. In addition, many prescription drug users ultimately resorted to using heroin instead, because it was a cheaper alternative. The CDC also estimated that nearly
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Indiana’s Steps towards Regulation

This article gives an informative overview of the actions Indiana has taken in the last few years in an effort to combat prescription drug abuse.  It’s an interesting look at how knowledge of the prescription drug epidemic has grown and how state governments have reacted accordingly. When Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller learned from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that drug-related fatalities now outpace car accidents as the nation’s leading cause of death, he knew he had to take action. And when he learned the true culprit behind the epidemic was sitting legally in family medicine cabinets across Indiana, he developed
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Shenandoah County Launches Prescription Drug Drop-off Program

Another county announced the launch of a prescription drug drop-off program this week.  While this is a good step toward a local solution, these drop-off boxes aren’t nearly wide spread enough across the entire country.  That’s why we’re helping out with Deterra.  We want every single person to be able to fight the prescription drug epidemic in their own home. A new program in Shenandoah County will let you drop off unwanted medication at no cost 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office was chosen through a grant to receive one of 1,000 prescription
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Prescription drug abuse outnumbering illegal drug abuse in Indiana

It’s troubling to find out that prescription drug abuse is actually surpassing illegal drug abuse in Indiana.  It may indicate a greater trend in the entire country.  This is just one of the reasons that Deterra is trying to combat prescription drug abuse.  We want to get this problem solved. Instincts might tell you that illegal drugs are used in excess more than prescription drugs, but you’d be wrong. Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says abuse of prescription drugs outnumbers heroin, cocaine, hallucinogens and inhalants combined in our state. Read More
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Prescription Drug Abuse in the World

This article from Drug Watch gives an interesting perspective on prescription drug abuse trends around the world.  Typically we focus on the prescription drug abuse epidemic in the United States, but it’s obvious that other countries around the world are having problems too.  It’s always a good idea to get more perspective on an issue when possible, and this global view is good to have. Prescription drug abuse reached epidemic levels in the U.S. in the last decade. As the world’s leader and trendsetter in a multitude of areas, the country has a history of setting examples for the rest
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From Attorney Generals to Pharmacists, Deterra Lauded as Rx Drug Abuse Solution

By Christine Horton, Verde Technologies Chief Commercial Officer Our team spent the latter half of July on the road, highlighting the Deterra Drug Deactivation System from Hawaii to Nevada. First, we traveled to Maui to the annual meeting of the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG), where we shared how Deterra can help fight the nation’s growing prescription drug abuse problem. Next, we headed to Las Vegas for the Cardinal Health Retail Business Conference (RBC), one of the nation’s largest gatherings of independent pharmacists. We returned home to Minnesota energized by the overwhelming support and interest from passionate organizations, pharmacists
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Deterra Featured in the Star Tribune

Deterra was recently featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribune!  They did a great job of covering who we are and what we aim to do with our Deterra product.  It’s great to get the word out about preventing prescription drug abuse. 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. 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
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Montana Launches Prescription Drug Abuse Reduction Initiative

Montana is the latest state stepping forward and taking action against the prescription drug abuse epidemic.  They’ve launched a new statewide initiative aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse.  They hope that by providing tools to their citizens they can help reduce the amount of prescription drug abuse in their state. An initiative launched Wednesday in Montana aims to curb rampant prescription drug abuse. The cornerstone of the initiative is a new website called knowyourdosemt.org, announced by the Montana Medical Association, Department of Justice and other partners. The site, funded largely by Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Justice Department, is
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The Growing Trend of Prescription Drug Abuse

This is an interesting article checking in with the current state of prescription drug abuse.  It’s a step back from the day-to-day news of prescription drugs and really looks are the overall trends over the past few years.  It even has some positive steps you can take in your daily life to help fight prescription drug abuse. Prescription drug abuse is a growing trend. Following marijuana and alcohol, prescription and over-the-counter drugs have become the most commonly abused substances by Americans 14 and older, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The process of becoming dependent on prescription drugs
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