Verde Environmental Technologies, a company developing solutions to reduce drug abuse, and the Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic Project, a nonprofit organization, recently partnered to increase access to safe medication-disposal resources.
The partners’ campaign runs from April 24 to May 10. People in the contiguous states will be able to request a free Deterra Drug Deactivation Pouch that will be delivered in May.
The pouches are manufactured by Verde and include the Deterra Drug Deactivation System that deactivates drugs using activated carbon. The inert drugs cannot be misused or harm the environment.
One pouch can deactivate up to 12 ounces of liquid, 12 patches, or 90 pills.
“Everyone has a role to play in ending the drug abuse epidemic in our country,” Deterra Chairman and CEO Jason Sundby said. “Effective and permanent drug disposal at home is even more important now, with most Americans sheltering at home as part of COVID-19 social distancing measures. At this time, there are no other safe alternatives to destroy unused medications besides going to physical drop-off locations – and with a Deterra Pouch, all you need is tap water.”
Approximately 500,000 unused, unwanted, or expired medications will be removed from medicine cabinets nationwide, the partners estimate.