DuPage House GOP Partner with Sheriff Mendrick to Fight Opioids

The DuPage County House Republicans have partnered with Sheriff James Mendrick to fight opioid crisis with Deterra bags

This article quoted Rob Reynolds, Director of Advocacy for Verde Technologies, “Once it’s in the pouch, it’s permanently unavailable for abuse or diversion. Secondly, it makes it safe to throw in the household trash without having to worry about pharmaceutical waste entering the water system.”

DUPAGE COUNTY—Between 2015 and 2018, opioid deaths in DuPage County almost doubled, from 51 reported deaths in 2015 to 98 deaths in 2018. In an effort to reverse this alarming trend, four DuPage County Republican State Representatives are partnering with DuPage Sheriff James Mendrick to fight the epidemic through distribution of a new, easy-to-use drug disposal system.

House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), along with State Representatives Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst), Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) and Amy Grant (R-Wheaton), are helping Mendrick distribute disposable bags that deactivate the harmful ingredients in opioid pills or patches. According to Mendrick, individuals with leftover opioids simply have to put them into the bag, add water, and shake. A drug deactivation system then breaks down the drugs to a point where they can safely be thrown in the trash. Mendrick said any leftover prescription of up to 45 pills or six fentanyl patches can be destroyed in the pouches. The disposal bags were made available to the sheriff’s office free of charge through a grant obtained by the Illinois Sheriffs Association.

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