Medical waste disposal practices are regulated by the federal government under the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Medical waste disposal regulations may vary from state to state although they must be at least as stringent as federal regulations. Additionally, each healthcare institution may institute their own medical waste disposal practices and policies for properly disposing of controlled substances.
Problems Caused by Improper Medical Waste Disposal
Medical waste generated by healthcare facilities can be a significant problem if not handled properly. Poor management of medical waste exposes healthcare workers, patients, waste handlers and the community to toxic effects, infection and injuries as well as causing serious pollution to the environment. Drug diversion is the misuse of pharmaceuticals and contributes to the opioid epidemic in the United States. It is essential for all healthcare waste materials to be segregated at the point of generation, treated appropriately and disposed of in a safe manner compliant to all medical waste disposal regulations.
Types of Medical Waste
Medical waste is a byproduct of providing medical care and includes but is not limited to:
- Non Hazardous
- Bio Hazardous
- Hazardous Pharmaceuticals
Due to the many different types of medical waste and the different procedures at various healthcare clinics and hospitals, it is important to define the best practices for your facility and industry. Working with a medical waste disposal company with experience in various healthcare settings can help to ensure optimal medical waste segregation, management and disposal with DEA and EPA compliant procedures.
Rx Destroyer™ for Safe, Easy and Compliant Medical Waste Management
Rx Destroyer™ is an industry leader in medical waste management and disposal, offering turnkey solutions with products, training and full compliance solutions. We are dedicated to preventing environmental contamination with pharmaceutical waste and eliminating drug diversion in healthcare facilities. Our products are safe, easy, affordable, and effective and meet federal regulations for compliant medical waste disposal.
Rx Destroyer™ offers drug disposal solutions with safe and compliant products, training, and in-depth knowledge of industry best practices. Our convenient products are easy to use and quickly neutralize medications with a fast-acting, patented formula which renders medications non-retrievable. Contact us to learn more about the best practices for medical waste disposal in your industry.