Drug disposal

This is a drug disposal receptacle in the lobby of a hospital.

Drug disposal is the discarding of drugs. Individuals commonly dispose of unused drugs that remain after the end of medical treatment.[1] Health care organizations dispose of drugs on a larger scale for a range of reasons, including having leftover drugs after treating patients and discarding of expired drugs. Failure to properly dispose of drugs creates opportunities for others (of whom the drug is unintended) to take them inappropriately.[1] Inappropriate disposal of drugs can also cause drug pollution.[1]

People dispose of drugs in various ways; even organizations with expertise on drugs may give inconsistent information to consumers about drug disposal.[2] Proper waste management system including distribution, control, and disposal not only helps the Healthcare Centres but also promote environmental health.[3]

  1. ^ a b c Skinner, Ginger (20 March 2017). "Easy Steps for Getting Rid of Unused Medication". Consumer Reports. Retrieved 30 March 2017. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Kuspis, DA; Krenzelok, EP (February 1996). "What happens to expired medications? A survey of community medication disposal". Veterinary and Human Toxicology. 38 (1): 48–9. PMID 8825752.
  3. ^ "Biomedical Waste: Its Effects and Safe Disposal", Environmental Waste Management, CRC Press, pp. 95–108, 2016-04-19, doi:10.1201/b19243-8, ISBN 978-0-429-08348-8, retrieved 2020-12-31