Opiate abuse has reached crisis proportions: Nearly 20,000 Americans overdose on prescription pain medication each year. Advocacy groups are combatting pain-medication addiction through drug awareness, community engagement and drug-takeback programs. Another tool is at their disposal: Deterra drug-deactivation pouches. Distributed for free at community events, the pouches can help keep prescription painkillers out of the wrong hands.

Introducing Deterra®

Powered by patented MAT12® Molecular Adsorption Technology, the Deterra® System deactivates prescription drugs, rendering them ineffective for misuse and safe for the environment.

Law Enforcement agencies, fire departments and other public safety organizations across the country are using Deterra to safely deactivate the active chemicals in the drugs which allows responsible disposal with no concerns that the drugs will end up in the hands of children or drug addicts.


Chariho Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention, Rhode Island

Dan Nesmith, a task force member, said one of the group’s objectives is to keep discarded medications out of the wrong hands.

“One of our strategies has been to get rid of the excess drugs in households, and to keep them out of reach of children or other folks who might abuse them,” he said.

Nesmith said he first saw Deterra at a national substance abuse prevention conference in Atlanta, Ga., and the task force decided to order them for distribution to the towns.

“We felt that kind of filled a gap,” he said. “This allows folks to deactivate the drugs so they can be safely disposed of, and they’re environmentally safe.”