How to Turn Your Pharmacy into a Drug Disposal Location

Medicine take-back options are the best way to safely dispose of unused or expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines.

As a clinic or pharmacy owner, you might have wondered if your place of business could become a drug disposal site for patients who still have medications that they no longer need.

The good news is that it can be done with minimal effort on your part. All you need is an empty space where people can drop off unwanted drugs at no cost. You also need some basic supplies like trash bags, gloves, sharps containers, labels, pens, stamps, etc., as well as signage indicating what type of items will be accepted.

Get the DEA to change your registration title

Your DEA title needs to say that you are a collector and you need to get a receptacle. This is probably going to be the most important part. Letting the DEA know that you are a collector will allow them to give you permission to collect prescription drugs from patients.

Will becoming a drug disposal location cost you?

In some cases, yes. You will have to pay your state a fee to be in this program.

In other cases, the state will have a program that waives this fee for you.

What’s the benefit of becoming a drug disposal location?

There isn’t much of a downside to becoming a drug disposal location. In many cases, it’s a good service for the community and it brings in people who otherwise might not stop by. As a result, there may be more customers than usual when you open up shop.

Is there a specific day on when patients can bring in their old medication?

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Many communities have drug take-back programs of their own. Many people will find a place to dump their drugs by checking with local law enforcement officials and the DEA.

This is likely going to be the day you’ll get lots of potential customers through your door. Drop-off boxes, mail-back programs, and other ways to dispose of unused medicines should be ready and set for your pharmacy.

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