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drug overdose deaths top 93,000, highest ever recorded

More than 93,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2020, preliminary CDC data shows. That’s a nearly 30% increase from 2019 and the highest number of overdose fatalities ever recorded in the U.S. Opioid misuse was behind the majority of these deaths.

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Take a slow transition back to the office to alleviate mental health concerns

Vaccine rollouts and the lifting of pandemic-induced restrictions are encouraging many employers to bring their workers back into the office. But as much as we’ve all longed for a return to some semblance of normal, this seemingly positive transition is now adding to the stress most of us have endured for more than a year.

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COMBATING THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC IN TEXAS

The University of Houston PREMIER Center has implemented a statewide grant-funded drug disposal program to help Texans safely destroy up to 5 million unused pills in just 18 months.

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Drug-neutralizing bags made by Minnesota company used by police agencies

It’s Drug Take Back Month in Minnesota and a little bag made by a Minnesota company is helping police agencies across the state accept pills that, in the wrong hands, can harm.

Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson says the county has seen 285 overdoses in the last year. The most recent data from the CDC shows half of Americans have had one prescription in the past 30 days.

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REP. MARY BONO, ADM. JAMES WINNEFELD: OPIOID CRISIS CRUSADERS

Former U.S. Rep. Mary Bono (R-Calif.) and retired Adm. James Winnefeld make a formidable duo in the crusade against opioid misuse. They’ve been fighting the good fight together for years at a high level, most recently as the point persons on an initiative called Gone for Good.

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FLORIDA ORGANIZATIONS GIVING OUT AT-HOME DRUG DISPOSAL POUCHES TO COMBAT OPIOID EPIDEMIC

In Jacksonville, the pandemic has likely contributed to the increase in overdoses as more people were stuck at home in 2020. Now, two local groups are teaming up to fight back. The Community Coalition Alliance and the Florida National Guard are using Deterra to get drugs out of homes.

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Invest in Prevention: Why Your Workplace Wellness Plan Should Include At-Home Drug Disposal  

Employers play a critical role in substance abuse prevention. Providing workers with an at-home drug deactivation and disposal option can help protect workers and reduce the costs associated with substance abuse.

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CEO Corner: How to Add Drug Deactivation and Disposal to Your Wellness Program

Jason Sundby, CEO of Verde Environmental Technologies, Inc., discusses how a workplace drug deactivation and disposal campaign can help protect workers and businesses.

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Drug overdose deaths in 2020 hit highest number ever recorded

Drug overdose deaths rose by nearly 30% in the U.S. in 2020, hitting the highest number ever recorded, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Partnership Carson City responds to national drug use, overdose trends

Deterra Pouches, medication lockboxes and Narcan are offered by Partnership Carson City to combat opioid abuse and overdoses in Nevada.

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Free home drug disposal kits are available now

Wyandot County, Ohio, makes free Deterra Pouches available to help residents safely dispose of unused medications to prevent misuse and protect the environment.

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Take a Slow Transition Back to the Office to Alleviate Mental Health Concerns

Returning to the office could trigger mental health and substance misuse issues for workers, but employers can take steps to support their staff through the transition.

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