Christine Horton, the top marketing executive at Burnsville-based Verde Technologies, and board member Jason Sund­by were in Washington, D.C., last week to brief drug enforcement officials and policymakers on Deterra, the company’s new product that deactivates prescription drugs and makes them safe for disposal.

The Deterra System features a pouch containing MAT12, a proprietary activated carbon that bonds to pharmaceutical compounds when water is added, quickly rendering drugs ineffective and safe for disposal in any setting—home, clinic or hospital. Deterra has a 98 percent success rate in deactivating prescription drugs, according to a research study supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and Deterra. Deterra also renders chemical compounds safe for landfills, or incineration and keeps them out of water supplies.

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