Inspira Health Network Battles Opioid Crisis with Proper Drug Disposal

The opioid crisis may have found its ounce of prevention in this small, zip-close pouch. It’s called Deterra, and nonprofit Inspira Health Network is making sure it gets into the hands of people who need it.

“It’s a very simple product,” explained Inspira’s VP of Community Relations Carolyn Heckman. “It uses activated charcoal, which is not harmful to anyone. In fact, we often use that in our emergency rooms as a poison antidote. It’ll make you throw up.”

That charcoal deactivates drugs, rendering them ineffective before disposal. Other companies are also using this technique.


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