Information for Institutions
Existing Regulations and Safe Disposal Methods
Safe Disposal of Drugs
- DEC recommends that institutions always try to return expired medications to manufacturers through reverse distribution. Reverse distributors must be registered with the US Drug Enforcement Administration. To find a list of reverse distributors see the New York State Department of Health's Safe Disposal of Controlled Substances webpage, under 'Reverse Distributor List (Surrender to Independent Companies)' or contact your local DEA Diversion Field Office (links leave DEC website).
- See DEC's letter to NYS Department of Health Class 3a Institutional Dispensers regarding recommendations for disposal of pharmaceuticals (PDF, 301 KB). Class 3a Institutional Dispensers can find more information on the NYS DOH webpage, 'Request for Approval of Disposal/Destruction of Controlled Substances' (link leaves DEC website).
- The National Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Take-Back Day continues twice a year. For more information see the DEA Drug Disposal web page (link leaves DEC website).
Information for Veterinarians
As Drug Enforcement Administration registrants, veterinary hospitals and offices should follow all DEA guidelines. For more information see the DEA's Drug Disposal information web page, the New York State Department of Health's page Licensing and Certification Webpage, under 'Animal Euthanasia Activities', or the NYS DOH Frequently Asked Questions web page, under 'Frequently Asked Questions for Veterinarians for the NYS PMP Date Collection Tool'. (links leave DEC website).
*All information on this page is provided as a resource. Further questions regarding disposal regulations and methods should be directed to the New York State Department of Health, Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, or the Drug Enforcement Administration, Diversion Control Division (links leave DEC website).