Press Release: On January 10th, the Broome Opioid Awareness Council (BOAC) announced the availability of over 2,000 Drug Deactivation pouches for community members to use to safely dispose of unused medications.
The Deterra Drug Deactivation System is a safe medication disposal pouch that allows people to easily and effectively dispose of unused, unwanted, or expired medications, including opioid painkillers, at home. Beginning in February, BOAC will make the pouches available at various municipalities, home care agencies, community agencies, and county departments.
“This is another great step in fighting the opioid epidemic in our community,” said Jason Garner, Broome County Executive. “Thank you to BOAC for all their hard work and taking this next step to fight addiction in Broome County.”
In a recent study, 42% to 71% of all prescribed opioids medications that were obtained after a surgery went unused. BOAC has worked with local organizations and community members to host several Prescription Take Back days a year. Currently there are 13 medication drop boxes located across Broome County, however those sites aren’t always accessible and/or convenient to all community members.
The introduction of the Deterra Drug Deactivation pouches will help community members to properly dispose of unwanted and unused prescription medication in a convenient and simple way, that anyone can do. The Deterra pouch can dispose of drugs including pills, patches, liquids, creams, and films. Simply open the pouch, add the recommended amount of unused medicines, fill the pouch half-way with war water, wait 30 seconds, then seal the pouch and gently shake. Each pouch contains activated carbon which is environmentally friendly and safe to dispose in your household trash.
“Fighting this complex public health epidemic takes a multi-faceted approach, and we are pleased to offer our community members another way to properly dispose of prescription opioids, ultimately saving lives and helping those with substance use disorders,” stated Marissa Knapp, Opioid Overdose Prevention Coordinator for Broome County.