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Deterra Bags allow safe disposal of drugs anywhere

The Knox County Community Health Coalition, Knox County Sheriffs Office, and the Rockland Police Department are working together to provide safe, environmentally friendly disposal of unwanted or unused medications through Deterra Bags.

The biodegradable bags allow the at-home disposal of medications. In a simple three-step process, a user deactivates the drugs by putting them in a Deterra pouch or container, adding water, shaking, and throwing it away, according to a news release from the organizations.

The patented Deterra System deactivates prescription drugs, pills, patches, liquids, creams, and films. This renders them inert, unavailable for misuse and safe for the environment, the release said. This is helpful between drug take-back events or for those who cannot get transportation to a safe disposal location like the police department.