Destruction of Non-Controlled Substances is Just as Important

Feb. 3, 2022 | Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

It is important to dispose of all medications properly, including controlled and noncontrolled substances.  The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors many National Prescription Drug Take Back days across the U.S., and many communities sponsor their own drug take back programs.  People can take expired or unused medications to a local pharmacy or drop-box for safe drug disposal.

Why Can’t I Flush My Old Medications?

There are many reasons that you should never dispose of medications down the drain or by flushing, this has led to widespread contamination of our water supply.  A study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)from 1999 to 2000 analyzing water from 139 streams across 30 states revealed pharmaceutical contamination in over 80% of the streams sampled.  Correctly disposing of all medications helps to prevent environmental contamination.

It is just as important to properly dispose of medications to prevent the misuse of drugs, overdoses, and death.  People need to be aware of what is in their medicine cabinet and keep all medications away from children and quickly dispose of medications no longer being used.  It is important to check the expiration dates of your medications and either take them to a pharmacy for a takeback program or use a product like Rx Destroyer™ at home.

Even non controlled substances should be disposed of properly, without flushing or throwing in the trash to prevent contamination. Non Controlled substances include over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs to treat things like bacterial infections, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Rx Destroyer™ For Safe Drug Disposal in Homes and Pharmacies

If you are unsure how to dispose of your expired or unused medication, you should contact your local pharmacy for direction. Rx Destroyer™ supports pharmacies and consumers with safe drug disposal products which meet all federal DEA regulations.  Our containers are easy to use and quickly neutralize medications with chemical digestion meeting regulations for non-retrievable drug disposal.

Rx Destroyer™ is a leading provider of drug disposal products turnkey pharmaceutical waste management solutions.  We offer DEA compliance consultations with our valued partner, GTC Consulting, mail back programs, waste hauler service, product training and implementation and industry best practices. Contact us to learn more about safe drug disposal with Rx Destroyer™.