Secure Disposal of Controlled Substances

June 24, 2022 | Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal



What is Drug Diversion? 

Drug Diversion is, but not limited to, physicians who sell prescriptions to drug dealers or abusers; pharmacists who falsify records and subsequently sell the drugs; employees who steal from inventory and falsify orders to cover illicit sales; prescription forgers; and individuals who commit armed robbery of pharmacies and drug distributors. Simply put, drug diversion is when prescription medicines are obtained or used illegally. Common types of drugs diverted include anabolic steroids, central nervous system depressants, hallucinogens, opioids, and stimulants. Drug diversion can happen in any facility or home that has controlled substances.  

Provisional data from CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics indicate that there were an estimated 100,306 drug overdose deaths in the United States during the 12-month period ending in April 2021, an increase of 28.5% from the 78,056 deaths during the same period the year before. Overdoses happen from people taking or using too much of a medication that may or may not be prescribed to them.  

While some people do overdose intentionally, the majority of overdoses are unintended. According to the CDC, drug poisoning (overdose) deaths include deaths resulting from unintentional or intentional overdose of a drug, being given the wrong drug, taking a drug in error, or taking a drug without intention.  


Children in relation to drug diversion 

Medication left in reach of a child can be accidentally taken due to the accessibility of the drug and the natural curiosity of the child. Many solutions to the Opioid Epidemic focus on preventing drug diversion, and while there are many studies on adults, drug diversion also affects children.  

Children with family members that have opioid use disorders are more likely to be neglected or witness overdoses. They are also in close contact to dangerous medication that their metabolisms may not be able to properly digest, causing overdose. There is little data showing how many children accidentally take drugs that results in death; however, it is estimated that in 2019, 3,683 people aged 0-24 in the United States died due to an opioid overdose. 

DEA 21 CFR 1300 

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued the Code of Federal Regulations, 21 CFR 1300, that went into effect on Sep 9th, 2014. Chemical Digestions Destruction Methods must be non-retrievable according to 21 CFR part 1317.19. According to the DEA, the term “non-retrievable” is defined in a results-oriented manner as the DEA requires the substance to be permanently rendered to an unusable state, per 21 CFR 1300.05. 

Preventing diversion is key, rendering pharmaceuticals non-retrievable permanently alters the physical and chemical condition of controlled substances through irreversible means. With Rx Destroyer™, the state of controlled substances is chemically altered to make it safe for disposal and renders the drugs deactivated. Our patented, fast-acting formula begins neutralizing medications on contact. 

Disposal Solutions 

Diversion’s top defense is the Rx Destroyer™ solution. If you are looking for the highest level of diversion security, look no further than our lockboxes. Offering various sizes for any facility or household. Rx Destroyer™ is the industry leader in in EPA and DEA drug disposal systems. We are utilizing Rx disposal compliance solutions that are safe, easy and affordable. Preventing drug diversion requires proper pharmaceutical waste disposal.