Monthly Archives August 2020

Dispose Unwanted Drugs During Pandemic

Medical experts say the coronavirus pandemic could make the opioid crisis even worse. The American Medical Association put out this bulletin, expressing concern over recent reports of increased opioid use and opioid-related fatalities. The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth is launching an educational campaign to prevent overdose deaths by teaching families how to properly dispose of unwanted or leftover prescription medications. Through a collaboration with Deterra pouches by Verde, HSC and several community partners will distribute 500 pouches, which destroy drugs when warm water is added to the bags containing deactivating pods. Deterra pouches will also be
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HSC, Deterra launch campaign to deal with unused medications

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth is launching an educational campaign to prevent overdose deaths by teaching families how to properly dispose of unwanted or leftover prescription medications. Through a collaboration with Deterra pouches by Verde, HSC and several community partners will distribute 500 pouches, which destroy drugs when warm water is added to the bags containing deactivating pods, HSC said in a news release. Deterra pouches will also be provided to some patients receiving care through HSC’s Geriatric Clinic. Verde generously donated the pouches to HSC. Each bag can destroy up to 90 pills. The campaign is HSC’s second major opioid
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CPR not deterred by COVID challenges

GALLIA COUNTY — Though the COVID-19 pandemic has posed significant challenges, Gallia Citizens for Prevention and Recovery (CPR) have been hard at work combating them to provide local services. “The observation has been that what many here are doing is very difficult to do through distance means,” Thom Mollohan, who led the meeting, said. “There’s a feeling that the effectiveness is broken down a bit by having to do things virtually…but I don’t know of a silver bullet to fix that problem…Don’t give up, because it’s still important, maybe a harder job than ever, but keep it up.” Gallia CPR
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Helping fight opioid crisis

While the past several months have proved extremely challenging for healthcare workers, law enforcement and the public at large, there have also been some wonderful organizations and people who have stepped up to serve the community during the current crisis by continuing to battle a long-term scourge: the opioid crisis. The Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) of Illinois is a statewide organization focused on combating opioid addiction through education, prevention and throughout recovery. Working with local partners like Family Counseling Services and my office, they are sharing resources to help with proper drug disposal and an online platform to help
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Drug take back event planned, with updates

OHIO VALLEY — Local community coalitions have come together to provide a drug take back event to happen at home. “In the US alone, 15 million people have abused prescription drugs,” Shannon Dalton, who works for the Gallia-Jackson-Meigs Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health (ADAMH) and helped organize the event, said. “So, by removing prescriptions from your medicine cabinets you can reduce the chance of drug abuse or accidental misuse.” Individuals who have expired or unneeded medications, can go to one of the supported locations to pick up a free Deterra at-home drug-deactivation bag. To use the bag,
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BCAAR announces opioid crisis initiative

The Beaver Creek Area Association of Realtors (BCAAR) announced an initiative aimed at combatting the opioid crisis. In partnership with Ohio Realtors, BCAAR will provide its realtor members with prescription drug disposal bags for their clients’ use before an open house. Law enforcement throughout Ohio has confirmed that individuals posed as buyers attend open houses to specifically steal medications from medicine cabinets. Clients selling their homes are encouraged to lock up and remove valuables from the premises during open houses. This new initiative addresses the safe removal of unused or expired prescriptions before they can be misused. According to a
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Former Trump aide seeks to fight drug abuse, addiction in his new role

President Trump’s former domestic policy adviser is joining the board of directors of Verde Technologies, a company that produces a drug “deactivation” system to dispose of unused medications. Joe Grogan, who stepped down as White House Domestic Policy Council director in May, said in an interview that he plans to use his new position to raise awareness about the issues of drug addiction and overdose. The company’s product, he said, is a way to confront those problems by helping destroy drugs in an environmentally responsible way and prevent the misuse of medications. “This is a small way to contribute to
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 Joe Grogan, Former White House Domestic Policy Director, Joins Verde Technologies, Inc. Board of Directors

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (August 4, 2020) — Verde® Technologies, Inc., maker of Deterra® Drug Deactivation and Disposal System today welcomed Joe Grogan, former Assistant to President Donald J. Trump and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, to its Board of Directors. As a board member, Grogan intends to help Americans understand the Deterra System drug disposal technology as a solution to the addiction epidemic – and ultimately deploy it as a first option to rid the country of unused prescription or over-the-counter medications.   Grogan will advise Deterra System stakeholders, customers and community partners alongside board members, Hon. Mary Bono
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