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Deterra Disposal Program

OPEN is pleased to offer an opportunity for organizations to apply for fully funded medication deactivation pouches in order to provide safe opioid disposal options to patients and their families when being prescribed opioid medications. OPEN partners with Deterra to provide secure medium-sized medication deactivation pouches for an easy, at home medication disposal option. Unused medication can be disposed of by inserting into the 5″ x 8″ x 2.5” pouch, adding warm water, and dropping the pouch in a regular garbage bin. 

Organizations can request one or more case(s) of Deterra deactivation pouches. OPEN will purchase the pouches and ship them to the organization. 


Award Opportunity One or more case(s) of Deterra deactivation pouches, each case containing 200 pouches ($844 value).

Number of cases can be requested based on the number of patients receiving opioid prescriptions at the organization.

Eligibility Requirements Awardees must be based in Michigan and provide care for patients who receive opioid medications.

Awardees must demonstrate how their organization and community would benefit from medication deactivation pouches.

Due Date Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis starting in February 2023.
Reporting Requirements Completion of a brief six-month follow up survey.


Each day more than 200 Americans die from opioid overdose. Prescription opioids play a significant role in overdose and death, and unused opioids are an opportunity for medication diversion, misuse, and overdose. Approximately 71% of dispensed pills from post-surgical prescriptions go unused and often are left unattended and unsecured in patients’ homes for years. These pills may be diverted for misuse by others, as 54% of those who used a prescription medication for non-medical purposes obtained the medication from a friend or relative. Opioid poisoning among children has increased over the last several decades. There is also a significant economic burden associated with pediatric opioid poisoning. Educating pediatric patients on the complexities of opioid use can be challenging, necessitating an easy disposal method for unused opioids. Take back events, police stations, and home disposal are methods for medication disposal, but each comes with barriers to access or effectiveness. Activated charcoal deactivation pouches can serve as a safe and easy medication disposal option to complement other available disposal methods. 


Awardee Agreement:

  • Create a plan for:
    • Identification of patients/families who benefit from easy disposal of their opioid medications
    • Distribution of pouches to patients
    • Tracking of pouch distribution 
  • Provide education to patients and their families about proper disposal, including but not limited to activated carbon deactivation pouches
  • Distribute medication deactivation pouches
  • Complete one brief six-month follow up survey submitted to OPEN through an online submission process


OPEN Agreement:

  • Select awardees and contact them by email. Award purchase will be initiated within 2 weeks of notice of project agreement.
  • Provide awardees with:
    • Medication deactivation pouches shipped to your organization
    • Available online educational materials
  • Provide a link for online six-month follow up survey

Application Process

Use this link to submit your application. If clicking the link doesn’t work, copy and paste the full link from the table at the end of this document into your internet browser. The questions are listed below for preparation. Once the form is started, it cannot be saved prior to submission. Selected applicants will be contacted by email. 


Application Questions:

Applicant Information

  1. Organization name
  2. Organization location
  3. Name, title, email of project lead
  4. Name, title, email of person responsible for grant administration

Organizational Context

  1. Why is it important to distribute medication disposal pouches to your patient population? What unmet needs will this opportunity help address?
  2. What existing structures does your organization have in place to encourage medication disposal after surgery?
  3. Please provide context on patients at your organization: What general services are provided?

Project Proposal

  1. Please describe your plan for identifying patients and their families that would receive medication disposal pouches. 
  2. Please describe your plan for distributing medication disposal pouches 
  3. How will you educate patients and their families on disposal options? 
  4. How many cases of medication disposal pouches are you requesting? (Note: disposal pouches must be ordered by case. Each case contains 200 pouches.) Why have you chosen this number?


Our organization’s mission is to provide care and prevent harm to patients. We will use the pouches and resources provided in this grant opportunity towards this intended purpose only.


Example End-of-Project Report Questions:

*These questions are a sample and may be modified based on OPEN’s discretion.  

  1. How many Deterra pouches has your organization distributed so far?
  2. What groups were Deterra pouches distributed to? What proportion of pouches were distributed to each group?
  3. What strategies for distributing the Deterra pouches did you implement?
  4. What worked well during the distribution of Deterra pouches to patients and their families?
  5. What challenges or barriers did you face in distributing Deterra pouches to patients and their families?
  6. What strategies for educating patients and their families on safe disposal did you implement?
  7. Did you utilize OPEN’s educational resources in your opioid prescription, education and/or safe disposal implementation? 
  8. Do you have any other general feedback about the medication deactivation pouches or partnership with OPEN?

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do we have to distribute all of the pouches before submitting the end-of-project report? 
    • No. We hope that the pouches get used promptly but it is not required to complete distribution by the end of the project period.
  • If we distribute all of the pouches, can we request more?
    • Yes! Please submit the application a second time to request additional pouches. Determination on the second round of funding will be made on an individual basis.
  • Does our organization have to be a surgical center to request pouches?
    • No. If your organization works with pediatric patients who receive opioid prescriptions and they could benefit from these pouches, please apply.
  • Do the deactivation pouches expire?
    • No, the pouches do not expire and can be stored at your organization.
  • How large is a case of pouches?
    • One case of 200 envelopes is 20” x 16” x 11”.

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