This Saturday, September 26, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in most states, marking the revitalization of the popular U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) program that encourages people to clean old drugs out of their medicine cabinets and take them to community drop sites to be safely disposed of.
We wholeheartedly support the DEA’s efforts to remove all unneeded and unwanted prescription drugs from the home, and we’re excited about the ways the Deterra Drug Deactivation System can work with communities to do this. We can help them take it several steps further – not only removing leftover drugs from cabinets, but actually deactivating them and ensuring safe, convenient disposal that does not negatively impact our water, landfills or air and makes our homes and environment safer.
Deterra is a smart option for those who can’t attend take-back events and so that in between take-back events, residents have a tool to safely and effectively deactivate and dispose of drugs in their own homes. Additionally, we help law enforcement agencies and other community sites dispose of large quantities of drugs they receive during take-back events.
ACT Missouri supplies Deterra to events and homes
In Cole County, Missouri, the sheriff’s department collected 36,000 prescription pills during their Operation Take Back event earlier this month – and, for the first time, they used the Deterra System to dispose of them. By the end of the Saturday event, they told media the department filled 80 large-capacity Deterra pouches with 450 pills each.
Deterra partner ACT Missouri, a drug use prevention organization, provided the sheriff’s department with the pouches for the event. ACT also distributes smaller Deterra pouches throughout the state to help individuals safely deactivate and dispose of drugs in their own homes and is working with local pharmacies to supply customers with Deterra.
In 2014, Missouri collected more than 33,000 pounds of prescription medications through take-back events and permanent drop boxes. We look forward to our continued partnership with ACT Missouri and others to help communities get prescription painkillers and other drugs out of homes and deactivate and dispose of them responsibly.
Alabama’s Department of Justice is also distributing Deterra to its residents from select take-back sites throughout north Alabama during the state’s 10th annual event on Saturday.
If you are interested in learning more about how your organization or community can benefit from using Deterra, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 568-1128.