Chief of Police Rob Reynolds, Eden Prairie Police Department, MN

‘In June 2014, the Eden Prairie Crime Prevention Fund and OptumRx funded our purchase of the Deterra System to help residents dispose of unused prescription drugs at home. Our officers also carry them in their squad cars, the Eden Prairie Fire Department distributes Deterra as part of its home visitation program after patients leave area hospitals and our senior liaison officer distributes the product to senior living residences.

We have been extremely pleased with the response we have received from our residents and look forward to continuing this valuable program in Eden Prairie.’

Act Missouri, Jefferson City, MO

“Prescription drug abuse is a real problem in Missouri,” said Natalie Newville, Public Information Officer for ACT Missouri.  “One way to help curb that issue is offering free, easy, safe disposable to local communities. It is our hope that the Deterra Drug Deactivation System is one tool that local communities can use to assist in lowering the percentage of people abusing prescription drugs.”

Meridian Behavior Health, New Brighton, MN

“With 35 years of experience in medical and health services, Meridian president and chief executive officer Fran Sauvageau was seeking a better, more economical and environmentally friendly way to solve the tough issue of safe, compliant medication disposal when he heard about Deterra. After a brief pilot program at Meridian’s 50-bed Twin Town facility, Sauvageau and the staff were immediately impressed with the ease of use and effectiveness of Deterra.

“Our Meridian nurses and staff love Deterra, as it’s an easy-to-use and affordable solution to safely disposing large amounts of unused prescription drugs, a difficult issue especially for organizations like ours that are managing hundreds of opioid prescriptions like methadone for addiction treatment. This early success has fueled expansion of the program system-wide to all locations and our teams at the other locations are chomping at the bit to get Deterra after hearing about it,” Sauvageau said. “Introducing Deterra system-wide isn’t just a great decision for us but also for the environment. Verde Technologies is on the cusp of something very big and much needed.”

Chariho Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention, Rhode Island

Dan Nesmith, a task force member, said one of the group’s objectives is to keep discarded medications out of the wrong hands.

“One of our strategies has been to get rid of the excess drugs in households, and to keep them out of reach of children or other folks who might abuse them,” he said.

Nesmith said he first saw Deterra at a national substance abuse prevention conference in Atlanta, Ga., and the task force decided to order them for distribution to the towns.

“We felt that kind of filled a gap,” he said. “This allows folks to deactivate the drugs so they can be safely disposed of, and they’re environmentally safe.”

Allina Health, Minneapolis MN

In an effort to encourage patients, employees and those in our communities to dispose of unused prescription drugs properly, Allina Health has partnered with Verde Technologies of Minnetonka, Minnesota to offer an easy way to properly dispose of unused medication.

“As a healthcare organization, we are serious about preventing medication misuse and abuse, and stopping environmentally unsafe medication disposal practices,” says Lee Mork, director of Pharmacy, Allina Health Clinics.

Delaware Prescription Drug Action Committee and Delaware Pharmacists Society

“Pharmacists play a critical role in reducing prescription drug abuse by practicing responsible dispensing of painkillers and educating patients, and now the new Deterra program provides us all with a proven tool to empower patients to safely deactivate and dispose of leftover medications at home,” says Hooshang Shanehsaz, RPh, DPH and Division of Services for Aging and Adults with Physical Disabilities pharmacy director, Cardinal Health director of pharmacy and past president of the Delaware Pharmacists Society. “It offers a convenient, cost-effective way to remove medications from the home, and ultimately prevent prescription drug abuse from starting.”

United States Attorney Joyce White Vance; Northern District of Alabama

The patented Deterra Drug Deactivation System deactivates prescription drugs poured into the foil pouches that contain a proprietary activated carbon, rendering the drugs ineffective for misuse and safe for the environment, according to Deterra’s manufacturer, Minneapolis-based Verde Technologies.

“Cultivating a habit of removing unused prescriptions from our homes is a vital step in curtailing easy access,” Vance said. “DEA’s nine previous Take-Back Days have cleared tons of prescription drugs from our neighborhoods. With the new drug-neutralizing pouches we are introducing, individuals could have a safe and effective means to dispose of unwanted pharmaceuticals at home, year-round.”