That DEA agent is supposed to authorize and instruct the applicant seeking authorization to dispose of the controlled substance in any of the following ways: "1 Transfer of the substance to a person registered under the CSA and authorized to possess the substance; delivery to an agent of the Administration... 2 Destructive testing of the substance - where the law enforcement officer determines that destructive testing will aid in the investigation or prosecution of another crime.
Destruction is the preferred method for disposing of controlled substances. This process ensures that the drugs are removed from circulation and does not expose anyone else to harmful chemicals. Controlled substances must be destroyed even if they have been secured by law enforcement officials provided that they have not been secured as evidence in a criminal case. Criminal penalties may apply if you fail to destroy your drugs.
The easiest way to destroy a small amount of a controlled substance is by heating it over water. The heat destroys the drug's active ingredients while leaving its inactive ingredients intact. Note that some controlled substances are toxic when burned or heated, so care should be taken not to let them come into contact with the open flame of a stove or grill. Alcohol can be used as a solvent to dissolve certain drugs before being burned. The resulting solution can then be disposed of in a landfill.
Dropping them off at a participating law enforcement group or pharmacy that does "drug take back" is the most secure and straightforward way of drug disposal. That is, these certified experts run specifically built drop boxes that receive free prescription and non-prescription pharmaceuticals from the general population... and then they get rid of them in an environmentally friendly way.
The containers are collection bins for unused medications collected from homes and businesses across the country. The drugs are destroyed in specially designed facilities by being mixed with molten plastic and burned.
This process eliminates any possibility of drug abuse or diversion. The only remaining substance of interest to scientists is ash - which can be tested for toxic chemicals or other ingredients used in drug manufacturing.
Drugs can also be incinerated. This is the most common method of disposing of controlled substances. Incineration is accomplished by bringing the drugs into the office and storing them in a sealed container until it is time to dispose of them. When you bring them in, put as much money in the jar as possible. This will help pay for the disposal cost.
Some police departments will accept drugs at no charge, but most require a fee. Some fees are small, but others can add up quickly if you have many items to dispose of. Finding out what the policy is for your department will save you time and money down the road.
Controlled drugs must be destroyed in such a way that they are unrecoverable and unsalvageable. Disposal/destruction must be carried out in line with federal, state, and municipal legislation. The request must contain the names of two people who will be in charge of the disposal or destruction. These individuals must agree on one single person to carry out the task.
The controlled substance must be disposed of or destroyed within 60 days of receiving the notice. If this deadline is not met, then the DEA will hold another hearing to determine if an extension is warranted.
People who dispose of drugs in an unsafe manner could face criminal charges. Those who destroy drugs without being ordered to do so may be able to claim an exemption from liability if proper procedures were followed.
Denaturing Techniques for Controlled Drugs All Schedule 2, 3, and 4 (part 1)* regulated pharmaceuticals should be denatured and rendered irretrievable before being deposited in pharmaceutical waste containers and shipped for burning. The three general methods of drug denaturation are heat, chemicals, and radiation.
All schedule 2, 3, and 4 (part 1) controlled substances must be destroyed following the guidelines set forth by their governing bodies. These instructions include: heating to a temperature above 120 degrees fahrenheit for at least three hours; reacting with acids or bases; exposed to light (or other radiation) for a period of time. The American Chemical Society has published a list of controlled substances and their recommended methods for destruction.
As well, all human remains must be treated with dignity and respect when they reach the end of their life. This includes cremation or burial. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has stated that there is no specific requirement for disposing of cremated human remains, but if you intend to do so, then bagging and labeling the material properly is necessary. If human remains are buried, they should be placed in a dignified manner at least five feet underground.
Regulation 27 of the 2001 Regulations states that restricted pharmaceuticals maintained as stock by health practitioners or organizations must be destroyed only in the presence of an authorized person. Certain persons are designated as authorized witnesses under the Act. They include pharmacists, physicians, dentists, and other health professionals who have been granted authority to dispose of drugs.
Health practitioners are required by law to maintain stock control records for each restricted drug they handle. These records should include the name of every person present when the drug was destroyed, as well as the time and date of destruction.
It is an offense under Regulation 27 for a practitioner to destroy a controlled drug without first having an authorized witness sign a declaration form to this effect. Penalties include fines up to $10,000 or imprisonment for one year or both. However, since it is usually not possible to prosecute all offenders due to lack of evidence, these penalties may not always be enforced.
In addition to destroying controlled drugs, an authorized person can also surrender controlled drugs in compliance with Regulation 27. This includes drugs that were being handled by the practitioner during a previous appointment and which have since been ordered by another patient. To avoid prosecution for illegal disposal, an authorized person should follow the practitioner into a room where there are no customers waiting and destroy the drugs there.