Deterra Drug Deactivation and Disposal System
The Deterra® Drug Deactivation and Disposal System is a safe medication disposal pouch or container that can be used at home or in a clinical setting. It is the safest, most effective choice used to destroy and properly dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medications with the simple addition of tap water.
Deterra is a prevention product for substance abuse and has been proven to have a positive impact and ROI on communities, population health and the overall well-being of communities nationwide. Winner of a 2021 SEAL Business Sustainability Award, Deterra is the only product endorsed by Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) and the DEA Educational Foundation.
Used by local governments and law enforcement agencies across the country, Deterra is an evidence-based solution that complements other disposal methods such as take-back events by providing an effective at-home option to keep unused medications out of the wrong hands and out of our landfills and water systems.
County executives in New York’s Rensselaer County and Albany County have successfully mandated that pharmacies provide drug deactivation and disposal products alongside opioid prescriptions, creating a model for counties striving to combat the growing opioid crisis.
Developed by Verde Environmental Technologies, Inc., under a federal contract awarded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Deterra is on a mission to reduce drug abuse and negative environmental impact and is the only product available today that is scientifically proven to destroy prescription and over-the-counter medicine, including opioids. Deterra helps prevent diversion, misuse and abuse because the proprietary activated carbon used renders drugs inert and non-retrievable for all practical purposes. Its plant-based packaging and non-toxic ingredients prevent harmful chemicals from entering our landfills and water supplies, making the world safer for everyone.
Watch our how-to videos to see Deterra’s simple 3-step process in action. Our patented technology easily deactivates prescription and over-the-counter pills, capsules, patches, liquids, creams and films, rendering them inert, unavailable for misuse and safe for disposal in the household trash.
How to Dispose of Pills, Liquids, Creams and Films with Deterra
Deterra Resources for Government
The Deterra Grant Guide is a practical guide to securing grant funds for evidence-based prevention solutions like Deterra. This resource is a great starting point for government organizations seeking to include Deterra as part of a larger prevention program or fund a stand-alone drug deactivation and disposal campaign. Visit our funding directory to review grant opportunities and other funding options that could help your county add at-home drug deactivation to its prevention efforts.
Case Study: Summit County Community Partnership’s Deterra Project Safely Destroys up to 5.5 Million Unused Pills
Learn how a local effort to distribute Deterra to residents in Summit County, Ohio grew into a multi-year initiative with over 115 government, nonprofit and business partners in a seven-county region. To date, more than 140,000 Deterra Pouches have been distributed as part of the Deterra Project – enough to destroy up to 5.5 million unused pills.
Browse all Deterra Case Studies to learn how other organizations use Deterra to reduce the risk of drug abuse in their communities.
We offer customizable postcards and labels as well as online and mail-back surveys designed to help educate users about proper drug deactivation and disposal, raise awareness about your organization, collect survey data and evaluate the impact of your prevention efforts. We can also work with you to create co-branded pouches with your organization’s branding and provide bulk mailing options.
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