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Employers today face staggering costs in healthcare expenses, lost productivity and increased safety risks associated with employee opioid and other drug misuse. Not every worker who takes opioids is a liability. But every opioid prescription poses a potential risk. What is the best way to prevent the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs? Ensure workers dispose of unused and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications quickly and safely at home.

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Providing employees with an at-home drug disposal option can help prevent addiction before it starts. The patented Deterra® System deactivates prescription drugs, pills, patches, liquids, creams and films. Deterra renders them inert, unavailable for misuse and safe for the environment. In a simple 3-step process, a user deactivates the drugs by putting them in a Deterra Pouch, adding water, sealing, shaking and throwing it away. It’s truly that simple.


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Deterra Benefits Workbook

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Making at-home drug deactivation and disposal part of employee benefits plans can help prevent drug misuse and reduce the associated costs to your business.

The Deterra Benefits Workbook is designed to help organizations understand the impact of the opioid epidemic on their workforce and calculate the economic and social cost savings that safe, effective prevention tool like Deterra can provide.

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Deterra is a trusted prescription drug disposal solution

Deterra is a trusted partner in the fight against prescription drug misuse. Our valued clients include local and national organizations dedicated to the health and wellness of their employees and communities. Visit our resources section to see how other businesses are using Deterra Pouches in their health & wellness plans.

Combined with an employee education and communications program around safe drug storage and disposal, [distributing Deterra] can lead to as much as 25 cents per member per month savings for health plans by reducing claims associated with opioid use disorder.


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Protect your workers and their families from the threat of overdose and the misuse of prescription drugs by providing them Deterra Drug Deactivation and Disposal Pouches. It’s a simple, cost-effective way to save lives and fight addiction.

Deterra System Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Deterra Drug Deactivation System is the simplest and most effective way to dispose of medication at home or in a clinical setting to keep unwanted prescription and over the counter drugs out of the wrong hands and prevent environmental contamination. Below, you’ll find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about Deterra products and at-home drug disposal.

How does the Deterra Drug Deactivation System work?

Each patented Deterra Pouch contains a water-soluble inner pod containing proprietary activated carbon. To dispose of prescription or over the counter medications, a user places the drugs in the pouch and adds water, which dissolves the inner pod and releases the activated carbon. The carbon binds to the active ingredients in the medications. Once deactivated, the drugs are permanently and irreversibly destroyed, unavailable for misuse and safe for disposal in the normal trash.

To learn more about the science behind Deterra, visit our Science and Research section. For how-to videos and instructions for how to use the Deterra Drug Deactivation System to dispose of medications, visit our Resources section.

How is Deterra different from its competitors?

Deterra is the only at-home drug disposal system that is scientifically proven to permanently deactivate and destroy drugs, rendering them unavailable for abuse and misuse.

  • Our technology is protected by 13 U.S. patents and 35 international patents and cannot be replicated by others.
  • Deterra contains enough activated carbon to permanently deactivate the amount of medication claimed on the label. Other carbon-based disposal products may not, leaving medications available for misuse and abuse.
  • We don’t just mask medications in a gel or liquid; our patented approach completely destroys pills, patches, liquids, creams and films.
  • Deterra Pouches contain a smaller percentage of plastic when disposed of than competitor products. 1


1 Compared to Deterra products, competitor products contain a higher percentage of plastic when disposed of: DisposeRx® 59%; NarcX® 78%; Rx Destroyer™ 68%; Drug Buster® 67%

What drugs will Deterra deactivate?

The Deterra® Drug Deactivation and Disposal System will deactivate organic medications including opioids, fentanyl, most illicit drugs and vape fluid.

However, Deterra will not adsorb biologics, such as vaccines and immunotherapeutics which are typically administered in a healthcare setting. Additionally, inorganic medications—such as antacids, lithium, and iron supplements—will not be adsorbed. Deterra will not deactivate leaf marijuana.

It is impossible to know all forms and potency of illicit drugs. Follow state and local guidelines on safe medication disposal where applicable.

If your medication has specific disposal instructions, please follow the directions as given. Consult authorities or your pharmacist for more specific questions.

Does Deterra come in multiple sizes?

Yes, Deterra is available in multiple sizes. If you’re interested in Deterra for yourself, you can view sizes and purchase online here. For case quantities, visit our business products page or contact a Deterra representative at (612) 568-1128 to determine which size will best meet your needs.

How many drugs can Deterra containers and pouches deactivate at a time?

The recommended capacity varies by size and is listed on each Deterra pouch or container. Please always follow the directions on the back of the Deterra Drug Deactivation System.

How much does Deterra cost?

On a per-pill basis, Deterra is the least costly at-home, permanent deactivation option. Volume discounts are available on quantities of 100,000 or more. Contact us at (612) 568-1128 for a custom quote or get pricing online.