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Take-Back Info for Businesses: Unwanted Medications

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items that can be accepted
legal requirements
how to participate 

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unwanted medication take-back info for consumers 

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Items That Can Be Accepted 

Over the counter medications and prescription medications other than controlled substances.

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 Legal Requirements 

Related Laws:

Controlled Substances Act
21 USC, Chapter 13

Businesses Affected:

Pharmacies. Examples of those choosing to participate include: CVS, Walgreens (including Duane Reade), and Rite-Aid.

Additional Info:

Visit the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation leaving NYCWasteLess for info on the safe disposal of unwanted medications.

Visit products and services to find relevant vendors.

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How To Participate

1.    Work with a vendor to provide postage-paid collection envelopes to customers or collect medication on-site.
2.    

If collecting medication on-site, place collection containers in a safe and secure location accessible only by qualified pharmacy employees.

3.     

Provide information about controlled substances, which can only be collected by proper authorities, as well as the dangers of flushing medicine down the toilet.

4.      

Display a sign indicating that unwanted medications are accepted or envelopes are provided. For information about free images and signs visit business take-back signs.

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