Focus on Long-term Care Facilities
Did you know that long-term care facilities are some of the biggest producers of drug waste? This high volume comes from the populations they treat. Patients with comorbidities require more medication that is likely considered “hazardous”—equating into more hazardous waste. While some wastes may be hazardous or non-hazardous by EPA regulations, it is important to understand what is being generated and what regulations both at a federal and state level apply. Additionally, facilities should be assessing how they are managing controlled substances based on the DEA regulations which came out in autumn 2014.