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DEA ISSUES NEW WARNINGS ON FENTANYL

Earlier this month, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a nationwide warning about the dangers of fentanyl. According to the DEA, it’s “the most potent opioid available for use in medical treatment – 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin.”

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A BETTER, IN-HOME ALTERNATIVE TO DRUG TAKE-BACK PROGRAMS

This is the time of year when take-back programs or days are announced all across the country. There’s a new understanding that old guidelines that urged people to simply flush or throw away their unused medications is no longer the best recommendation, because of the effect on the environment and concerns about drug abuse and safety. Because of these shifting guidelines, drug take-back programs are gaining popularity, but they are not without drawbacks as well.

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DRUG DEACTIVATION: A SOLUTION TO THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC

Prevention is more than dispensing less, it’s about removing the abundant supply of prescription opioids from circulation to prevent abuse and misuse. When it comes to opioids and other powerful — and dangerous — medications, the problems facing the country are well-known.

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THERE IS NOW A SAFER WAY TO DISPOSE OF UNUSED OPIOIDS

If you have ever been prescribed a powerful opioid painkiller after surgery or an injury, you may have wondered how to safely dispose of leftover pills. You can’t really flush them down the drain because sewage treatment plants don’t remove those chemicals. That puts them into the water supply. Putting them in the trash can put drugs into unauthorized hands. But you can’t just leave them in the medicine cabinet either, especially if there are at-risk people in your home.

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TWIN CITIES ORTHOPEDICS CUTS PATIENTS’ OPIOID USE

The Minnesota Department of Health announced last week that the number of opioid overdose deaths was down in 2018 — going from 733 deaths in 2017, down to 607, or a 17 percent reduction. Minnesota hospitals and clinics have managed to significantly reduce the number of pain pills being prescribed.

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Minnetonka company teams up with national non-profit to help opioid epidemic

Deterra teams up with SAFE Project, a national non-profit working to end the addiction epidemic, to distribute free drug disposal bags during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Local, national leaders come together to help prevent drug overdoses

The 525 Foundation aims to combat the overdose epidemic with Deterra Drug Deactivation and Disposal Pouches.

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Opioid abuse is soaring amid the pandemic: how to help turn the tide

Employers and HR professionals can help curb the rate of opioid addiction through safe at-home drug disposal.

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Joe Grogan, former white house domestic policy director, joins Verde Technologies, Inc. board of directors

Joe Grogan joins Verde Technologies’ Board of Directors and will use his role to raise awareness about Deterra System drug disposal technology as a solution to the addiction epidemic.

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HSC, Deterra launch campaign to deal with unused medications

The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth launches campaign to prevent overdoses by teaching families how to properly dispose of unwanted or leftover medications with Deterra Drug Deactivation Pouches.

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HCSO develops new tools to fight the opioid crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office combats local overdose spike by mailing Deterra drug disposal bags to residents to safely destroy drugs.

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