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Controlled Substance Disposal in Hospitals and the Opioid Crisis

Controlled Substance Disposal in Hospitals and the Opioid Crisis


The opioid crisis is an epidemic in the United States with an estimated 130 people dying every day due to an opioid overdose.  The economic burden of this national emergency is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to cost a whopping $78.5 billion annually including treatment for addiction, healthcare costs, criminal justice proceedings and lost productivity.  Maintaining a proper method of controlled substance disposal in hospitals, long term care facilities, pharmacies and various health care settings is critical to prevent drug diversion of controlled substances.

Drug diversion involves the misuse of prescription medication by patients and healthcare workers and puts multiple people and organizations at risk.  Hospitals must educate, train and monitor staff to follow strict controlled substance disposal methods which are compliant to all federal, state and local regulations.  It is critical for hospitals to maintain a drug diversion detection and prevention policy to protect patients, staff and the organization from liability and hefty fines.

DEA Compliant Disposal of Controlled Substances

 Hospitals must meet recently passed legislation such as the Disposal Act of 2014, a DEA ruling which amends the Controlled Substances Act.  This gives additional options to hospitals for the proper disposal of medications including controlled substances and helps to prevent drug diversion.  Facilities are no longer allowed to flush medications down the drain as a means of disposal which was proven to cause serious environmental contamination of water supplies.

It is imperative that hospitals educate, train and monitor staff to follow strict guidelines with documentation such as witness logs and maintaining proper chain of custody. Providing quick and easy disposal options for controlled substances is the best way to maintain compliance.  Rx Destroyer™ offers safe, quick, easy and affordable medication disposal systems with simple to use products, education and training.

Rx Destroyer™ offers drug disposal compliance with simple and safe solutions and products designed for many types of healthcare settings.  Our products are easy to use and the patented formula begins to neutralize medication on contact, helping facilities to prevent drug diversion of controlled substances.

Rx Destroyer™ is a leader in pharmaceutical waste disposal systems with a fast acting, safe formula and easy to use products.  We provide education and training including on-site for quick implementation and phone support.  Contact us with any questions and to learn the many benefits of Rx Destroyer™ for compliant controlled substance disposal in hospitals.


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