Collier County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) personnel have partnered with Drug Free Collier to carry and distribute Deterra packages to Collier County residents who would like to dispose of expired or unused medication or controlled substances. EMS crews will begin distributing Deterra beginning Wednesday, Oct. 7.
Deterra deactivates prescription drugs using proprietary activated carbon, which is highly effective in absorbing and binding pharmaceuticals, rendering them inactive and ineffective for misuse.
Deterra has been shown to help improve safety, decrease abuse and environmental contamination hazards, which are an undesired consequence of an accumulation of medications in medicine cabinets. In the case of opioids, for example, a recent survey found 72 percent of patients who were prescribed opioids reported having leftover amounts, and 71 percent of those having leftover medication they kept. These accumulations may be a contributing factor to the recent high incidence of opioids-related poisonings, which account for more than 530,000 emergency department visits each year.
Collier County EMS is distributing Deterra to encourage misuse and abuse of medications, to help Collier County residents dispose of any expired or excessive amounts of medications, to help prevent accidental poisonings and to help reduce pharmaceuticals from contaminating our water.
For more information, contact EMS Chief Walter Kopka at (239) 252-3740.