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Preservation Through Prevention: Healing the Wounds of the Opioid Crisis

The toll that opioids and other prescription drugs have taken on Indigenous communities is well documented, but these drugs are continuing to poison our families, our communities and our environment. Nationwide, Native Americans are three times more likely to die of a drug overdose than the general population. We need a solution.

 

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PREVENTION IN RURAL AMERICA: MEETING THE NEEDS OF FARM FAMILIES

Rural communities have not been immune to the impact of our nation’s opioid crisis. In fact, a survey sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union found that 74% of farmers and farm workers say they’ve been directly impacted by the opioid epidemic, yet only 1 in 3 rural adults say it would be easy to access treatment.

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Verde Welcomes New Board Member

Verde Environmental Technologies, Inc. welcomes Bob Jansen, founder and CEO of Zensights, to its board of directors. As a board member, Jansen intends to spread awareness of proper disposal of unused prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, to protect both U.S. citizens and the environment from the impacts of improper medication disposal.

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Pandemic contributing to rise in opioid overdose deaths

The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that the U.S. has seen record numbers of opioid overdose deaths over the past year. That increase is also happening locally. Kaitlyn Krolikowski, director of the Purchase Area Health Connections Opioid Taskforce, said the pandemic is playing a role in rising opioid overdoses.

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Spartanburg Doctor’s Crusade Against Opioids Goes Nationwide

Orthopedic surgeon Greg Colbath says it was hard to convince people there was an opioid pandemic three years ago, but times have changed. After Gov. Henry McMaster’s declaration of an opioid emergency in late 2017 and last month’s federal guilty plea by OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma as part of an $8 billion federal settlement, Colbath said most people now are aware of the opioid pandemic.

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Education and Easy Disposal Option Lower Opioid Supply 

A new study found that educational intervention coupled with a reliable option for opioid disposal resulted in a marked increase in disposal of opioids after surgery. This simple but effective approach is designed to help alleviate the ongoing opioid epidemic in this country.

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HSC, Deterra Launch Campaign to deal with unused medications

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth is launching an educational campaign to prevent overdose deaths by teaching families how to properly dispose of unwanted or leftover prescription medications. Through a collaboration with Deterra pouches by Verde, HSC and several community partners will distribute 500 pouches, which destroy drugs when warm water is added to the bags containing deactivating pods, HSC said in a news release.

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Deterra CEO Jason Sundby discusses safe medication disposal on Impact Podcast

Jason Sundby, Chief Executive Officer of Verde Environmental Technologies, Inc. discusses the role of safe drug disposal in preventing medication misuse and environmental harm on the thought-leadership podcast Impact with John Shegerian.

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COVID-19 ripple effects: Richland County saw suicide, overdose numbers surge in 2020

Richland County urges the public to use Deterra Drug Deactivation System Pouches and drop boxes to safely dispose of unwanted medication and combat increases in overdoses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse Sponsors Prescription Medication Take-Back Day

Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse teams up with local law enforcement to offer Deterra Drug Deactivation and Disposal Pouches during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event.

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Sheriff’s Office Will Offer Prescription Drug Deactivation Bags

Deterra Drug Deactivation and Disposal Pouches are offered by Will County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois to help residents safely dispose of unused medication and combat prescription drug misuse.

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Preservation Through Prevention: It’s Time to Heal Ourselves and Our World from the Wounds of the Opioid Crisis

Native American advocate Tom Rodgers calls for proper drug deactivation and disposal to combat the impact of the opioid crisis on indigenous communities and the environment.

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Drug abuse prevention in rural America

The Minnesota Farm Bureau is combating opioid misuse in rural areas by providing prevention resources and outreach tailored to farm families.

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