Medications in the Trash: A Health & Environmental Hazard

Worldwide, landfills serve as the most common final destination for a wide range of business and consumer wastes discarded into the regular trash, including unwanted or expired medications5. Unfortunately, landfills are also one of the primary sources of contamination in ground waters and surface waters4. Once rainwater or other leaky wastes mix with the solid waste buried at landfills, a “leachate” liquid is created. When medications are disposed in the trash, they eventually contribute to this leachate, creating complex chemical cocktails that can end up in drinking water, rivers, and oceans alike, with the potential to cause serious public health and environmental issues5,7.
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Cost-Effective Medication Disposal in Long-Term Care

This is an update of the article originally published on November 3, 2015. Regulations change frequently. That’s why Sharps Compliance monitors updates and communicates any changes to its customers.

Nurses practicing in senior care have very busy work schedules. From caring for residents to distributing medications and updating records, their days can become overwhelming. One of the most important tasks is the disposal of unused medication.
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New Video Puts the Spotlight on Medication Disposal in Long-Term Care Facilities

The EPA’s new rule regarding pharmaceutical waste disposal means that many long-term care (LTC) facilities will have to change their current practices and train employees on the new regulations. In an interview with McKnight’s Long Term Care News, Sharps Compliance’s Director of Regulatory Compliance, Wanda Lingner, explains how the new EPA rule will affect senior living facilities.
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No More Flushing: Better Options for Safe Medication Disposal in Senior Living Facilities

Many senior living providers aren’t aware that some common medication disposal methods may actually be putting them at risk from a compliance standpoint while reducing operational efficiency and eroding the bottom line. A new white paper published by Sharps Compliance and Senior Housing News explains how “best practices” in medication disposal are changing and how senior living providers can benefit from new, safer pharmaceutical disposal options.
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Patient Education on Opioids Helps Reduce Opioid Use & Encourage Safe Disposal

Recent research shows that patients who receive education and counseling about the importance of safe disposal of opioid medications are associated with a higher likelihood of the patient properly disposing of their unused medications. That peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of Pain Research also found “a clear need to increase patient awareness about the importance and methods of proper medication disposal, and a great opportunity for health care providers to increase patient education efforts.”  

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