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Free At-Home Drug Disposal Bags Now Available

Post Date:02/14/2020 4:47 PM

Curry County Office of Substance Abuse Prevention
117 W. 8th Street
Clovis, NM  88101
(575) 763-7725

For Immediate Release on:     February 14, 2020
Issued By:                                Curry County Office of Substance Abuse Prevention

Free At-Home Drug Disposal Bags Now Available

CLOVIS, NM – The Office of Substance Abuse Prevention (OSAP) is partnering with the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) in combating the opioid epidemic by providing free Deterra disposal bags. This is an alternative for community members to dispose of old, expired, and unused medications in the safety of their own home.

Drugs including pills, patches, liquids and creams can be disposed of. Users will have to fill the pouch half-way with warm water and the drug they wish to discard. They will then have to wait 30 seconds, seal the pouch and gently shake it. The pouch can then be thrown away in any trash can and contains activated carbon which "firmly bonds to pharmaceuticals" which makes them unable to be retrieved.

Due to environmental concerns, disposing of old pills down the drain is deemed no longer safe. Deterra bags ensures that the drugs will not be able to leach into our water systems while also preventing the need for harmful incineration. The goal is to help prevent those medications from people who might abuse them.

To obtain a free Deterra disposal bag, please stop by the County Manager’s Office at 417 Gidding Street Suite #100, Clovis, NM 88101.

For more information about the Deterra disposal bags or OSAP, please contact the OSAP Program Manager, Tanya Henderson at 575-763-7725 ext. 164 or email at

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