The Deterra Drug Disposal Pouch

October 11, 2022


More than 2/3 of young people who abuse prescription drugs report that they get them from home.

This is one reason that prompt disposal of these medications is vital. Expired and unused prescriptions should be disposed of immediately to reduce the chance that they will be taken by someone to misuse.

The Deterra Drug Disposal Pouch is a safe, easy way to dispose of prescription medications. Deterra is an active carbon substance that renders drugs inert, or inactive, so they can be safely thrown away. It meets current EPA and DEA requirements for drug disposal and reduces environmental impact. The pouch itself is biodegradable.

How Does It Work?

  1. Add waste medication to the bag, up 15 tablets for a small, 40 tablets for medium and 90 tablets for a large.
  2. Fill bag with tap water, seal and throw the container in the trash.
  3. Deactivation begins as soon as water is added to the pouch.

Use Deterra Drug Disposal Pouch for:

  • Narcotics
  • Antibiotics
  • Hormone therapies
  • Expired or unused medications
  • Tablets & capsules
  • Liquids & creams
  • Transdermal patches


For more information on Deterra, contact Region V Systems, Region Prevention Coordination at 402-441-4343.