Brendan Keany

Chris Jacobs Joins UB to Fight Opioid Epidemic

They will be distributing thousands of drug pouches throughout the region

February 07, 2019 - 1:19 pm

BUFFALO (WBEN - Brendan Keany) - The UB School of Pharmacy has been awarded a grant of thousands of Deterra Drug Deactivation systems, that they, in collaboration with Chris Jacobs, will distribute throughout Western New York.

These systems are basically a pouch that contain a charcoal based mixture. To use it, fill the pouch halfway with warm water, place the leftover drugs in the solution and shake it so that the drugs are deactivated.

"It will help in terms of getting unused drugs and pharmaceuticals, opioids in particular, out of your house, which is the main source of people who are addicted using those drugs," said Jacobs. "It's also an environmental way to do it because you really shouldn't be disposing of drugs by flushing them down the toilet because that gets into the water system."

Karl Fiebelkorn, the senior associate dean for student, professional and community affairs, describes how they're going to get the pouches out to the community.

"The students are not only going to Senator Jacob's office to deposit these, but they're going to contact the Western New York Coalition, all the different assemblymembers and senators around to drop off like 500-1,000 to them, and then it's going to be dispersed through area pharmacies, so wherever these people get their medication, they can do that."

Jacobs added to that, saying he will take it upon himself to make sure these pouches go to the areas and people that need them.

"We're just trying to make sure that it gets out to the community, so with every event I have in my community, whether it's at senior center or others, we're going to make people aware of these pouches and have them available, or people can contact my office, and we'll mail a pouch out to them."

Hear more audio from Jacobs and Fiebelkorn below:

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