Speakers to Address Disposal of Old Drugs, Hand Out Free Deactivation Bags

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Deterra drug deactivation bags.
Deterra drug deactivation bags. Photo: Deterra Systems.

Local experts are scheduled to speak Thursday at Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) about risks of keeping around old prescriptions and to distribute drug deactivation bags.

The event is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. at TMCC’s main campus, 7000 Dandini Blvd., Red Mountain Building, room 256.

A pharmacist and former Drug Enforcement Administration agent plan to speak. Topics include why to get rid of old prescriptions, how expired medication can harm people, and the legal ramifications of sharing prescription drugs.

Drug deactivation bags from Deterra will also be distributed. According to the company, someone can deactivate their unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs using a 3-step process.

Information from Deterra states that most drug addicts get their first dose from a medicine cabinet and that many burglars often look for drugs in homes to either use or sell on the streets. Additionally, drugs have been detected in lakes, rivers, reservoirs, and streams worldwide.

“Pharmaceuticals aren’t just found in our surface waters, but they are being found in our aquifers underground, which make up 40 percent of our every day drinking water,” a statement from Deterra says. “To protect the environment, it is no longer acceptable to dispose of unused prescription drugs in the toilet or down a sink drain.”

Learn more at http://deterrasystem.com

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