Sharps Compliance is committed to helping communities dispose of unused medications to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse and accidental poisonings. We are running a contest for a chance to win one of twenty MedSafe medication disposal collection receptacles along with a year’s worth of inner liners.
With so many pharmaceuticals, it can be difficult to know how to dispose of them all properly. This post will explore the differences between and proper disposal for over-the-counter medicines, controlled substances, non-controlled medications, and hazardous waste pharmaceuticals.
Two-thirds of Americans don’t know what to do with unused prescription drugs according to a nationwide survey of 1,000 adults conducted for Sharps Compliance. The findings showed that 2 out of 3 people either toss their medications into the garbage or flush them down the toilet, potentially threatening the safety of others and the environment
Medication disposal can be confusing. The practice is regulated by many government agencies, and there are a number of rules to follow to ensure you are correctly disposing of any unused medications. Sharps Compliance’s MedSafe is a collection receptacle for ultimate user medication disposal. This blog will clarify the rules and regulations of disposing of medications in MedSafe and other similar containers.
Federal Hazardous Waste regulations for generators of hazardous waste are found in 40 CFR §262.11. These regulations require that any generator who produces or generates a waste must determine if that waste is hazardous. If the waste is determined to be hazardous, the waste must be managed according the regulations in 40 CFR 262 (et al).
Prescription drug abuse is a growing epidemic in the United States. Opioids, depressants and stimulants are the most abused medications. According to the Los Angeles Times, the leading cause of death from unintentional injuries in the U.S. is drug-related poisonings, which has surpassed automobile accidents. Between 1999 and 2006, deaths from drug poisoning have almost doubled. The first step towards preventing drug abuse is proper medication disposal.