Narcotics Disposal 101
Here are some basic tips for Narcotics Disposal to remain in accordance with DEA standards.
We talk a lot about the safety steps that must be taken when disposing of medical waste on this blog. One topic that’s especially important to cover in-depth and as a frequent reminder to all medical waste generators, is the disposal of narcotics in compliance with standards from The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
The main goal of these rules is to protect the public from harm. These controlled substances and narcotics, when used in a clinical setting, can help to treat various conditions. When it comes time to get rid of them however, there is too great a potential for abuse and dependence to occur. To help classify and separate the drugs, they are on a set “schedule” list and include such pharmaceuticals as morphine, sedatives and even non-medical drugs like heroin.
For pharmacists and doctors handling these drugs, when they have become expired or no longer usable, they must use an approved mail-back program, through a licensed medical waste hauler like Red Bags, to remain compliant.
There is no other way around this.
Since the DEA requires that these drugs be incinerated to be totally destroyed, that means they can never be tossed into sharps containers or into the regular refuse and potentially end up in a landfill or our water supply.
Here are some basic tips for narcotics disposal to remain in accordance with DEA standards.
Schedule a Medical Waste Pick-up
All narcotic waste must be transferred for disposal to a disposal company that is authorized to handle, transport and dispose of the waste in accordance with the laws. Red Bags not only understands all rules and regulations, but we also provide the reassurance and documentation needed to prove the waste has been handled appropriately.
Use Proper Forms
Any schedule I and II controlled substances that need to be disposed of require use of the proper forms (DEA Form 222) for processing. The correct form for Schedule III through V substances should be transferred using an invoice format to remain compliant.
Maintain Proper Documentation
In addition to using the right forms for the transport, it is also critical that waste generators have and keep copies of the records that show proof of the transfer and disposal of all controlled substances. These must be maintained for at least two years.
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