On August 31, 2016, the Summit County Community Partnership (SCCP) launched an effort to remove over 1.2 million prescription pills from Summit County. Today, one year later, partners in the Deterra project gathered at Acme Fresh Market on West Market Street to celebrate a huge step in the right direction.
Working with their major partner, Acme Fresh Market Pharmacy, and many other partners including AUI, the SCCP has distributed nearly 40,000 prescription drug disposal pouches.. According to recent survey data, SCCP estimates that 1.2 million pills and 323,000 opiates will be safely removed from Summit County medicine cabinets if each pouch is used to capacity. The prescription drug pouch program – known as the Deterra Project – is a major prevention and harm reduction initiative in Summit County targeting the devastating opiate epidemic.
SCCP reported that 26% of participants used the pouch to dispose of unused narcotics or opioids and 67% who used the pouch don’t regularly clean out their medicine cabinet. “This is our target population” said Darryl Brake, SCCP’s Executive Director, “we want to reach people with unused opiates who don’t normally take those medicines to a DUMP box or Drug Take Back Day.” Participants also reported that they liked using the pouches, with 98% saying they found the pouch easy to use.
“We won’t stop until every unused and no longer medically necessary opiate in Summit County is properly disposed. Summit County is rising to the challenge and SCCP is working towards a future with no Summit County resident addicted to opiates through unused prescription medicine. We are in this for the long-haul, and we thank Acme Fresh Market Pharmacies and our many other partners for their commitment,” said Darryl Brake, Executive Director of SCCP.
Pouches are available through many agencies, including:
Acme Fresh Market Pharmacy
Akron Children’s Hospital
Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority
Bath Township Fire & Police Dept.
Cascade Village – The Community Builders
Cleveland Clinic Akron General
Community Health Center
County of Summit ADM Board/Summit County Opiate Task Force
Direction Home: Akron Canton Area Agency on Aging & Disabilities
Drug & Alcohol Awareness Prevention of Morrow County
Drug-Free Tuscarawas County
F I Community Housing
Gavin Scott Salon
Hudson Fire & Police Dept.
Interval Brotherhood Home
Laurel Lake Retirement Community
Macedonia Police Department
Portage County Substance Abuse Community Coalition
Revere School System
Sand Run Pharmacy
Springfield Township Fire & Police Dept.
St. Mary Catholic Church
Summit County Department of Job & Family Services
Summit County Prosecutor’s Office
Summit County Public Health
Summit Educational Service Center
Tallmadge Police Dept.
The City of Akron Fire & Police Dept.
The City of Barberton Fire & Police Dept.
The City of Green Fire & Police Dept.
The City of Norton Fire & Police Dept.
The City of Stow Police Dept.
The Copley Fire & Police Dept.
The Coventry Fire & EMS Dept.
Visiting Nurse Service & Affiliates
Wadsworth Drug Free Coalition
Western Reserve Hospital
Individuals interested in cleaning out their medicine cabinets can request a free pouch at any Acme Fresh Market Pharmacy. Acme Fresh Market Pharmacies are also providing the prescription drug disposal pouches with all short-term opiate prescriptions.
AUI is proud to be a partner with SCCP on the Deterra Project.