Free Drug Deactivating Bags

Safe Medicine Disposal Makes a Difference

More than two-thirds (70 percent) of people who misuse prescription painkillers for the first time report obtaining the drugs from friends or relatives, including from the home medicine cabinet. Cleaning out old, unused medicine from your home is a primary defense in preventing prescription drug abuse.

Bristol Public Library is offering free drug deactivating bags as an effort to discourage opiate abuse and to offer an environmentally safe way to dispose of unused or old medications.  Deterra® Drug Deactivation bags are available while supplies last (one per household) at the library in collaboration with Ohio’s SafeRX Collaborative, Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services and SAMHSA. 

The Deterra® drug deactivation pouch is fast, safe and easy to use and it works on pills, patches, liquids, creams and film.

1. Remove the postage paid postcard from the back of the pouch.
2. Tear open pouch (do not remove inner pod) and place unused medications inside.
3. Fill pouch ½ way with warm water and wait 30 seconds.
4. Seal pouch tightly, gently shake and dispose of in normal trash.
5. Place the empty pill bottle in recycling.
6. Complete the postage paid postcard survey and drop in the mail.

The Deterra® pouch is made from environmentally sound materials which allow for the degradation of the plastic pouch and zipper through the use of organic additives that are consumed by microbes found in landfills. The result is the release of water and carbon dioxide, with little organic biomass left behind. This greatly reduces the amount of material left in landfills.

The postcard provides invaluable information on how pouches are being used and helps secure additional funding to continue to provide free pouches in the community. Underneath the postcard is directions on how to use the pouch as well as information on how many pills, patches or liquids the pouch can take.