Trillium Health Resources Announces Gift to Pitt County Coalition on Substance Abuse to Prevent Drug Abuse and Protect Our Community

By / Health and Wellness / Monday, 15 January 2018 05:00

10,000 Free Drug Disposal Pouches Now Available to Help Individuals Safely Dispose of Medications

GREENVILLE, NC: Trillium Health Resources took a step forward in the fight against the opioid epidemic today along with government officials, local drug prevention coalitions and others with the announcement of the gift of 10,000 drug disposal pouches to the Pitt County Coalition Against Substance Abuse. These pouches, donated by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, will allow Pitt County residents to safely dispose of expired or un-needed medications, especially opioid pain medications and other narcotics, at home to prevent misuse, abuse and addiction.
Four North Carolina cities are ranked in the top 20 nationally for opioid abuse. Millions of opioid pills are prescribed each year in many of our Eastern North Carolina counties (according to data from the NC Controlled Substances Reporting System). Each of the donated pouches can hold up to 45 pills, which means that if each pouch is used to maximum capacity, it would get rid of 450,000 un-used, un-needed pills. “Today, we celebrated an important step in the fight against opioid abuse in this community,” said Leza Wainwright, CEO of Trillium Health Resources. “Treatment is important, but prevention is critical. Medication disposal kits assist in the much-needed prevention efforts to reduce the risk of people becoming addicted to opioids by providing a portable, easy way to remove unused medications from homes and the community.” This donation is part of Mallinckrodt’s 2-million pouch donation initiative to help address one of the United States’s top public health threats – the abuse of prescription pain medications. The pouches use patented technology to neutralize the active ingredients in opioid painkillers and other organic drugs in pill, liquid and transdermal patch forms. Through proprietary-activated carbon bonds, the pouches help provide a safe and responsible medication disposal method, rendering the drugs ineffective and safe for disposal in any setting, preventing misuse of leftover prescription medication. “Mallinckrodt is a company that is focused on the health and well-being of our patients and communities, and the company has long worked to help address the complex issues of opioid misuse and abuse,” said Steven Romano, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals. “We share the concerns all North Carolinians have about this epidemic, and have worked to provide drug disposal pouches for thousands of North Carolina families. We believe a safe and responsible way to dispose of unused medications is critical in this fight.” Pitt County Representative Gregory Murphy, MD, spoke today about the North Carolina General Assembly’s vision for combatting the opioid epidemic. “Fighting the opioid epidemic is going to require an intentional multi-prong approach. In the STOP ACT we aimed to decrease the supply of prescribed opioids,” said Representative Gregory Murphy, MD. “As a physician, I know each patient has differing needs of opiates to treat their individual pain. If they need all of their pills prescribed by all means, they should use them. If, however, they do not need all of them, we need to have ways to dispose of the extra medications safely. Take Back Programs do a great job but they are not always easy to access. These medications cannot simply be disposed of by throwing them in the trash or down the toilet. Mallinckrodt has been generous enough to help fight the opioid epidemic with a product that safely and conveniently disposes extra medications so they do not end up in medicine cabinets where they may be easy to access and abuse. It will take many initiatives like this to fight this horrible epidemic and we deeply appreciate their support of our local efforts.” The pouches were developed and manufactured by Minneapolis-based Verde Technologies, which develops research-based, scientifically-proven solutions to reduce opioid abuse and misuse while reducing the environmental impact of the drug disposal process. For information on the distribution of the drug disposal pouches, please visit
Trillium Health Resources is a leading specialty care manager (LME/MCO) for individuals with substance use, mental illness and intellectual/developmental disabilities in 25 counties in eastern North Carolina. Trillium’s mission is to transform the lives of people in need by providing them with ready access to quality care. We take a person-centered approach to health and wellbeing, coordinating care across multiple systems to achieve improved health outcomes, quality of care and efficient use of resources. Trillium is investing in innovation to meet the unique needs of the individuals and communities we serve, and remains focused on delivering the right services, in the right amount, at the right time. For more information, visit


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