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Drug Abuse Prevention Advocates Join Forces to Promote Safe Drug Disposal

The Deterra® Drug Deactivation System, a drug disposal pouch that provides an easy and effective way for people to dispose of unused or expired medications, will partner with a variety of substance abuse prevention advocates who share their commitment to safe and effective drug disposal. The new Deterra Advisory Council will conduct a variety of efforts to educate policymakers and the public about the unique benefits of drug deactivation kits, such as Deterra, including their ease of use, effectiveness and low environmental impact. Anyone can use a Deterra pouch to deactivate any drug, including opioids. Simply put unused pills inside,
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Medication disposal pouches make it easy to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –– The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy is distributing medication disposal pouches for free, that makes it easy to get rid of unwanted prescription drugs. The university at Buffalo got about 20,000 of these medication disposal system pouches from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. There’s a powder substance inside the pouch that binds up the drug and deactivates it so no one else can use it. The school is distributing them for free at local pharmacies, health fairs, and local assembly member’s offices. The Senior Associate Dean of the UB Pharmacy Schools say the pouch is safe because it’s
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Use the Deterra System in Schools to Help Prevent Youth Rx Abuse

The prescription drug abuse epidemic doesn’t only affect adults. As the school year ramps up, we also recognize that teens misuse, abuse and become addicted to medications. In fact, after marijuana and alcohol, prescription and over-the-counter drugs are the most commonly abused substances among young people aged 14 and older in the U.S., according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). High schools are often home to students’ prescription drugs. While most are lawfully prescribed – acquired from a pharmacy and taken as instructed for the condition they’re intended to treat – unfortunately, some are shared or sold, misused
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Rx Take-Back Events Use Deterra to Deactivate and Dispose of Collected Drugs

This Saturday, September 26, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in most states, marking the revitalization of the popular U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) program that encourages people to clean old drugs out of their medicine cabinets and take them to community drop sites to be safely disposed of. We wholeheartedly support the DEA’s efforts to remove all unneeded and unwanted prescription drugs from the home, and we’re excited about the ways the Deterra Drug Deactivation System can work with communities to do this. We can help them take it several steps further – not only removing leftover drugs from
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Oklahoma Rally Against Prescription Drug Abuse

An Oklahoma rally inspired by a tragic loss of life from prescription drug abuse was recently held .  Rallies like this continue to spread the word about the prescription drug abuse problem in the country.  As more and more people come to realize how big of a problem it actually is we can finally begin to take action to solve the problem. The mother of former OU football player Austin Box and others joined at the state Capitol today to launch a campaign to bring awareness to prescription drug abuse.  Gail Box spoke to the crowd about the Coalition Against
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Prescription Drug Abuse as a National Emergency

The reach of the prescription drug abuse epidemic is widespread.  This article highlights the fact that in Australia their medical association is calling it a national emergency.  They echo many of the findings that have come out of the United States recently.  We hope that spreading knowledge and the use of products like Deterra can help stem the tide of prescription drug abuse worldwide. Prescription drug abuse is growing at an alarming rate and is a “national emergency”, the Australian Medical Association (AMA) says. The concerns come as advocacy organisation ScriptWise kicks off a national campaign next week to make people more aware
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Pain.Pill.Problem. Summit Highlights Need for Safe Rx Disposal, Congressman Emmer Calls Deterra Key Solution

The Deterra team joined more than 1,000 healthcare providers, public health officials, law enforcement representatives and community leaders in Minneapolis last Tuesday to discuss Minnesota’s growing prescription drug abuse problem and how we can work together to reverse the trends. The Pain. Pill. Problem. summit featured high-profile guests including Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representative Tom Emmer, who specifically highlighted Deterra as a key solution. Prior to the conference, we met with former California congresswoman and drug abuse prevention advocate Mary Bono to discuss the need for Deterra and to learn more about new national initiatives.
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Education Helping to Beat Prescription Drug Addiction

This article dives into how one clinic is trying to make a difference through patient education.  The more knowledge about the problem we can spread the more we can do to fight it.  We hope that education, along with products like Deterra, will help curb the prescription drug epidemic in our country. A 2010 Centers for Disease Control report stated that one in twenty Americans age 12 or older has used prescription painkillers for nonmedical reasons. In addition, many prescription drug users ultimately resorted to using heroin instead, because it was a cheaper alternative. The CDC also estimated that nearly
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Indiana’s Steps towards Regulation

This article gives an informative overview of the actions Indiana has taken in the last few years in an effort to combat prescription drug abuse.  It’s an interesting look at how knowledge of the prescription drug epidemic has grown and how state governments have reacted accordingly. When Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller learned from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that drug-related fatalities now outpace car accidents as the nation’s leading cause of death, he knew he had to take action. And when he learned the true culprit behind the epidemic was sitting legally in family medicine cabinets across Indiana, he developed
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Shenandoah County Launches Prescription Drug Drop-off Program

Another county announced the launch of a prescription drug drop-off program this week.  While this is a good step toward a local solution, these drop-off boxes aren’t nearly wide spread enough across the entire country.  That’s why we’re helping out with Deterra.  We want every single person to be able to fight the prescription drug epidemic in their own home. A new program in Shenandoah County will let you drop off unwanted medication at no cost 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office was chosen through a grant to receive one of 1,000 prescription
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