Drug Abuse Prevention Program

Today, communities and families across the U.S. are facing a serious opioid and heroin crisis. And, here in southern New Jersey, that crisis is a reality for far too many families. Gloucester County’s mortality rate from opioid overdose ranks among the highest in the state and Cumberland and Salem counties are not far behind, ranking among the top third for highest mortality (2012-2014 County Health Rankings). The National Institutes on Drug Abuse estimates that nearly half of heroin users start by abusing prescription drugs.

Here at Inspira Health, we are committed to improving the lives of all of our community members and sometimes that means going beyond the walls of our hospitals. In an effort to prevent the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs, we have partnered with the Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester Health and Wellness Alliance to provide community agencies with the Deterra Drug Deactivation System free of charge.

Deterra is a drug deactivation product that can be used for easy and environmentally-friendly disposal of prescription drugs. It uses a molecular absorption technology to neutralize active chemicals in prescription drugs when water is added. By partnering with community agencies, home care and hospice workers, funeral homes, realtors and others, our goal is to reduce the amount of old or unused prescription drugs in homes and stop addiction before it begins.

If you are a community-based agency you may request a supply of Deterra.

For more information about Deterra, visit deterrasystem.com.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers an Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit with strategies to health care providers, communities, and local governments for developing practices and policies to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths.

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit [English]

Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit [Español]