Just like other medical waste products, expired or unused medications can’t simply be thrown away. Depending on what medicines you need to dispose it’s important to make sure you’re doing so the right way.
Why Use Medication Disposal Services?
Although some medications can be easily disposed of, doing so on your own may have negative consequences to the environment and may even be illegal.
Using a medicine disposal service or take-back program helps make sure unused medications are disposed of in a way that is secure and environmentally friendly. The EPA recommends that medications be disposed of by incineration to help protect the environment.
Under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the EPA also requires the proper disposal of certain drugs that it classifies as hazardous waste. Using a medication disposal service allows you to rest assured that you’re staying compliant.
The Medication Disposal Process
The medication disposal process is just a few simple steps:
- Over time collect old, damaged, unused, or unwanted medicines in a secure place
- When your container is full, find a disposal provider near you
- Bring your medications in to the disposal location where the provider will safely and securely dispose of the medications
If you have controlled substances that must be destroyed, the process is a little bit different. The DEA requires that only certain authorized entities may receive and handle these drugs.
Medications Handled By Disposal Services
While many over-the-counter or prescription drugs may be disposed of via drug take-back programs or simply throwing them away, certain prescription controlled substances must be handled with special care.
The Drug Enforcement Administration requires that controlled substances in the Controlled Substances Act must be destroyed so that they are “non-retrievable.” In other words, the substance is permanently altered to prevent any further use. Both the DEA and EPA recommend incineration as the best way to permanently destroy unused medications.
Have Medication to Dispose?
Medical Waste Pros partners with providers across the country who offer programs to help you safely dispose of your medications.
For free quotes on medication disposal services in your area, fill out the form to your right or give us a call at (888) 755-6370.