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Black foil bags have role in fighting opioid epidemic

MATTHEW LeBLANC | The Journal GazetteOctober 10, 2018

Health experts say small black foil bags are key components to helping combat the opioid epidemic.

The Deterra bags are designed to safely dispose of medications that kill thousands of people in the U.S. every year. If the drugs can be taken from medicine cabinets and thrown away, they can be kept from users who might abuse them, officials said.

Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative Indiana, also known as RALI, announced the donation of 15,000 of the disposal kits to the Drug and Alcohol Consortium of Allen County at a news conference Wednesday.

“Safe drug disposal could keep someone prone to addiction from ever trying an opioid,” Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry said in a statement. “Safe disposal could save lives and, thanks to these resources and education, we are another step closer to controlling this epidemic.”

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