From March to mid August, the Salem County Department of Health and Human Services had distributed more than 1,000 Deterra drug deactivation bags to Salem County residents. The Department’s Division of Alcohol and Drug Services oversees the giveaway of pouches at community events like the Salem County Fair, Nursing health screens, Office on Aging events and through direct outreach to Salem County churches and organizations.

“We recognize the importance of disposing unwanted and unused medications as a way to prevent misuse of prescription drugs, especially opioid pain medications,” said Freeholder Director Bob Vanderslice, who also chairs the Health Committee. “Three out of four people with a heroin dependence began with prescription opioids. It is estimated that 70 per cent of medications are unused, kept in medicine cabinets, night stands, and kitchen counters.”

The Deterra in-home drug disposal bags, provided in partnership with INSPIRA, are a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unused medicine.

If you or your organization is interested in acquiring Deterra pouches, please contact Maggie Vaughan, who directs the County’s Office of Drug and Alcohol Services, at 856-935-7510 extension 8460, or email her at Maggie.vaughan@salemcountynj.gov.