Deterra protects the Environment from Pharmaceutical Contamination

Environmentally Responsible Disposal of Prescription Drugs

More than 100 different pharmaceuticals have been detected in lakes, rivers, reservoirs and streams across the USA and around the world. These pharmaceuticals can have negative impacts on not only our health but the health of our aquatic systems and the animals that live in them.

Pharmaceuticals are not just found in our surface waters, they have also been found in underground aquifers, which make up 40% of our everyday drinking water. To protect the environment, it is no longer acceptable to dispose of unused or expired medications in a toilet or down a drain. The best way to keep pharmaceuticals out of our lakes, rivers, streams and aquifers is to deactivate the drugs, rendering them inert.

The Solution: Deterra Deactivation System

Deterra® uses a proprietary activated carbon to effectively deactivate pharmaceuticals, rendering them safe for the environment.

Activated carbon has been frequently administered to patients for the treatment of acute overdose and poisoning in emergency situations. It has been found effective at binding a wide variety of drugs and poisons, with a few notable exceptions (e.g. iron, lithium, and potassium). When pharmaceuticals are placed in the Deterra pouch along with warm water, the activated carbon bonds to the organic compounds through intermolecular forces, rendering the drugs inert, unavailable for misuse and safe for the environment. In tests conducted by Mercer University, medications deactivate by Deterra were resistant to leaching by water and extraction by alcohol.

Disposing of unused medications with a Deterra pouch ensures that the drugs will not be able to leach into our water systems while also preventing the need for harmful incineration.