What is Controlled Substance Waste and How Must it be Handled?
Feb 9, 2017
Medical and health care businesses generate pharmaceutical waste – it is inevitable. This waste can include controlled substance waste and must be disposed of correctly in order to avoid pollution. With controlled substances, as with most other hazardous waste, they can have a dangerous impact on humans and animals. So, what is controlled substance waste and how must it be handled?
What is Controlled Substance Waste?
Controlled substance waste is any waste that is classified by the DEA as something which must be controlled. The reason for controlling these substances could be that they are highly addictive and regularly abused, or because they are toxic when accidentally taken in high doses. Typically, these wastes are prescription and/or pharmaceutical drugs which could include wasted or expired drugs.
How Must Controlled Substances be Handled?
Controlled substances need to be disposed of properly in order to meet the requirements passed down by the DEA. In short, controlled substances need to be collected in a satellite container on site, consolidated, audited, packed, transported, and then treated and disposed of by a regulated and approved controlled substance disposal company.
Who Disposes of Controlled Substances?
Controlled substances are disposed of, as previously stated, by one of the regulated and approved controlled substance disposal companies in your area. It’s important to work with one of these tried and tested regulated waste disposal companies because you are responsible for your regulated waste even after it has left your property.
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