State Senator Chris Jacobs, in collaboration with the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, will distribute thousands of bags specially designed to render unwanted drugs useless for purposes of safe, environmentally-friendly disposal.
Jacobs joined pharmacy students on UB’s South Campus Thursday to demonstrate how the Deterra Drug Deactivation bags work.
“The drug disposal pouches are pretty easy to use. Basically, it’s a zip-lock bag. You tear off the top, open it up, pour in a couple ounces of water, you put in the medicine, shake it up, zip-lock it, and it’s totally biodegradable. You just throw it in the trash,” said Karl Fiebelkorn, senior associate dean of the school.