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Courage Center to crack down on access to prescription and OTC meds

The Courage Center (TCC) is launching a new collaboration with Lexington faith-based organizations as part of its Courage Over Stigma campaign, targeting six Lexington County drug overdose “hotspots” to reduce access to unused, expired, and unwanted medications through distribution of Deterra® Drug Deactivation

System Pouches.

The easy-to-use pouches contain organic activated carbon that, when mixed with water, deactivates unused, expired, or unwanted medications at home. Additionally, Deterra’s plant-based pouches prevent harmful drugs from entering landfills and water systems.

More than 1,000 Deterra pouches and awareness materials will be distributed to houses of worship reaching residents of Cayce-West Columbia, Gaston, Irmo, Red Bank, South Congaree, and Swansea.

“Emmaus Church jumped at the opportunity to work with The Courage Center,” said Nick Cunningham, lead pastor. “We are a community committed to living out the way of Jesus by creating a space where we can ask questions and wrestle with the big challenges in life, connect in deep and meaningful relationships, and bring more good into the world. Addiction has touched the lives of many members of our congregation. This is a tremendous opportunity to bring more good into the world through supporting, educating, and saving lives.”

To learn more about this partnership and The Courage Center, visit

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