Biodegradable pouches that safely dispose of old medications available in Portage

Portage County residents who want to safely clean out their medicine cabinets now have another option in addition to putting their old medications into a lockbox at their local police department.

Deterra Pouches look like black resealable bags, but they’re coated with a biodegradable compound on the outside and activated charcoal on the inside, which breaks down medications on the interior. The user pours water into the pouch, allows the compound inside to react with the water and the medication, and then can dispose of the medication in the trash.

The medication can also safely biodegrade in a landfill.

Darryl Brake, executive director of Summit County Community Partnership, compared the product to naloxone, the drug that reverses the effects of an overdose, in its early years.

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