Former DEA Agent and Inspiration for Netflix’s Narcos Series Announced as Verde Technologies’ Newest Advisory Council Member


MINNETONKA, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Deterra–Verde® Technologies, Inc., the maker of the Deterra®
Drug Deactivation System, a drug deactivation and disposal pouch,
announced the addition of Stephen E. Murphy, retired Special Agent in
Charge with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and inspiration
for the hit Netflix® series Narcos, to its Deterra
Advisory Council. Verde Technologies will also be the recipient of the
2018 CADCA (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) Humanitarian of
the Year award, presented to the company during the upcoming annual
CADCA Drug-Free Kids Campaign Awards dinner.

About Murphy and the Deterra Advisory Council
The state of
opioid use in America remains a growing public health epidemic and
opioid-related overdose deaths continue to rise nationally. The addition
of Murphy to the Deterra Advisory Council further illustrates the
company’s commitment to helping increase awareness and usage of safe
disposal options for prescription and over-the-counter medications,
including opioids. Deterra provides an easy way for people to deactivate
and dispose of unwanted or unneeded medications right at home.

As a Special Agent in Charge with the DEA, Murphy and his partner,
Javier Peña, targeted the world’s first narco-terrorist, Pablo Escobar
and the Medellin Cartel. Living and working alongside their Colombian
National Police counterparts and elite U.S. military units, their
efforts resulted in the dismantlement of the largest and most violent
international drug trafficking organization of its time. Murphy will
join the Deterra Advisory Council to help educate policymakers and the
public about the opioid epidemic and the value of preventive solutions
like Deterra.

“I was part of the team that took down Pablo Escobar, drug lord and
leader of the Medellin Cartel. The opioid epidemic that we face today is
just as dangerous as the drug trade in Colombia. In fact, even more so
because these prescription pills are found in almost every American’s
medicine cabinet,” said Steve Murphy, former DEA agent. “I’m excited to
continue my life’s work by joining the Deterra Advisory Council. By
ridding homes of unused drugs, we have the potential to save millions of

Murphy joins other nationally-recognized experts on the current Deterra
Advisory Council, including:

  • William F. Alden, Chairman, Board of Directors, DEA Educational
  • The Honorable Mary Bono, former U.S. Representative of California;
    Board Member, CADCA
  • Major General Arthur T. Dean, USA, Ret., Chairman and CEO, CADCA
  • Major General Elder Granger, M.D., USA, Ret., President and CEO, The
    5Ps, LLC
  • Sue Kruczek, a parent advocate who lost her son to a heroin overdose

About Receiving the CADCA Humanitarian of the Year Award
Technologies has also been awarded Humanitarian of the Year by CADCA,
which will be presented at the 20th annual Drug-Free Kids
Campaign Awards dinner on October 18, 2018. The award recognizes the
company for its outstanding philanthropy, national leadership and
special attention to helping create a world of safe, healthy and
drug-free communities.

“It is a great honor to receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award,”
said Jason Sundby, CEO of Verde Technologies. “Our mission to reduce
drug abuse and misuse, in an environmentally safe way, aligns with
CADCA’s mission in creating safe, healthy and drug free communities
globally, and we believe, together we are making an impact in the lives
of those today and the generations to come.”

About Deterra and Verde Technologies, Inc.
Verde Technologies, Inc., is a privately-owned company committed to
developing research-based, scientifically proven solutions to reduce
drug abuse, misuse and negative environmental impact. The Deterra Drug
Deactivation System is powered by proprietary MAT12®
Molecular Adsorption Technology, which deactivates prescription drugs
using activated carbon. The patented technology is highly effective in
adsorbing and firmly binding pharmaceuticals, rendering them inert,
unavailable for misuse and safe for the environment. Learn more at www.DeterraSystem.com


Verde Technologies, Inc.
Erica Webb-Belzer, 612-868-2150
President of Marketing


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