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A Big Move to Dispose of Unused Opioid Meds

With the soaring rates of fatal drug overdoses in the U.S., it’s more important than ever to encourage proper disposal of medications to help stop prescription drug misuse before it starts.

To that end, Optima Health, a health plan service of Sentara Healthcare, and Minnesota-based Verde Environmental Technologies recently entered into a partnership to distribute Deterra at-home drug deactivation and disposal pouches to patients at more than 60 Sentara offices and surgical locations in Virginia and northeastern North Carolina.

“We look forward to working with Optima Health and Sentara Healthcare to help tackle this epidemic head-on and get prevention tools into more hands,” said Jason Sundby, chairman and CEO of Verde Environmental, manufacturer of Deterra.