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The "Opioid Epidemic"

Pain medications are essential for improving the care and quality of life of more than 100 million adults living with chronic pain in the United States.  However, since 1999 both the number of prescription opioids sold in the US and overdose deaths have quadrupled.  With over 33,000 deaths in 2015 alone, opioid related overdose has become the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.  

 

Overdose related symptoms contribute to more than 1000 emergency department visits a day. An estimated 41% of these patients were treated and released without being admitted, while 55% were admitted to the hospital for an average stay of 3.5 days. Consequently, “opioid abuse” costs the healthcare industry over $7.1 billion annually in direct front-end hospital costs. Taking everything into account, including back-end rehabilitation and lost productivity, some estimate an annual cost of over $70 billion.



Curbing Addiction Before it Starts!

With an estimated 70% of non-medical prescription opioid users obtaining their supply from a friend or family member, the DEA has stated that “responsible adults are in a unique position to reduce teens access to prescription drugs because the drugs are found in the home.” Unfortunately, the problem does not stop there; the CDC estimates that 3 out of 4 new heroin users report abusing prescription drugs prior to beginning heroin.

Remove unused or expired pharmaceuticals from your home using DEact's pharmaceutical disposal pouches. Our technology instantly neutralizes dangerous drugs, rendering them inert and unusable.

Protect the Environment

Flushing unused or expired pharmaceuticals cause harm to the environment. A U.S. geological survey, found pharmaceutical contaminants in 80% of tested public water streams in 39 states. Protect our environment by practicing responsible drug disposal and safely neutralize them prior to throwing them in with normal trash.

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