Doctors, nurses and staff at Inspira Health Network in Vineland use a secure messaging app to minimize using the hospital’s public address system, Wednesday Dec. 9, 2015.. The hospital is much quieter since the implementation of the new communication technology.

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Inspira Health Network will debut a new drug abuse prevention program at its Vineland hospital Friday.

The program will help distribute a medication disposal device called the Deterra Drug Deactivation System to community agencies for free. Experts say the goal is to reduce the amount of old or unused prescription drugs in homes and lessen the risks of addiction.

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Deterra is a pouch that uses molecular absorption technology to neutralize active chemicals in prescription drugs when water is added. People can use the pouch “for easy and environmentally friendly disposal of prescription drugs,” Inspira organizers said.

Inspira partnered with the Cumberland, Salem, Gloucester Health and Wellness Alliance to provide the devices to community agencies. The health network is also working with the Southwest Council, home care and hospice workers, funeral homes, Realtors and others on the project.

Friday’s launch event at 9 a.m. will allow community members to take home Deterra pouches. An Inspira pharmacist will be on hand to talk to people about their current medications and review possible duplications, interactions, dosing and more.

Inspira Health Network includes three hospitals, a cancer center, multispecialty health centers, urgent care centers, outpatient centers, testing and home care in Cumberland, Gloucester, Salem and Camden counties.

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Previously interned and reported for Boston.com, The Asbury Park Press, The Boston Globe

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