Controlled Substance Waste Disposal for Healthcare

Stericycle’s CsRx® Controlled Substance Waste Service is designed to safely and compliantly prevent diversion when disposing of controlled substance waste.

CsRx Controlled Substance Waste Program

The DEA strongly encourages all practitioners to adhere to security controls and procedures that assure pharmaceutical wastage is not diverted.

Our service supports your organization’s diversion prevention efforts. Although additional measures throughout your facility are recommended, CsRx is a solution for safely disposing controlled substance wastage immediately after patient administration, to mitigate drug diversion and protect the environment.*

The Program Includes:

  • Staff training with instructions on proper and best practices
  • Lockable wall-mounted brackets and hardware installed by Stericycle’s installation team
  • Containers prefilled with deactivating, deterring, and solidifying agents
  • Ongoing and proactive container management
  • Destruction of waste by incineration 

*Only non-controlled drugs and schedule II, III, IV and V controlled substances can be accepted in CsRx containers. CsRx Service is for controlled substances that have been dispensed to a patient at the registrant's location and need to be wasted at that location. CsRx is for controlled substance wastage only. It is not for the disposal of controlled substances brought in by patients or items that would be considered part of a facility’s inventory.

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CsRx Controlled Substance Waste Service Benefits Include:

Mitigates Drug Diversion and Reduces Risk

  • Deactivates controlled substance wastage
  • Deterrent to deter ingestion of contents
  • Solidification of waste for storage and transportation

Increases Employee and Patient Security

  • Innovative, one-way disposal path allowing tablets, capsules, liquids, and patches to be securely captured
  • Prevents sharps, vials, or ampoules from entering the container
  • Container and wall mount design increase security, reducing potential for waste diversion

Eco-Conscious and Compliant Disposal of Controlled Substance Waste

  • Mitigates the risk of controlled substance wastage contaminating waterways
  • Fosters and supports your organization’s sustainability efforts
  • Follows the DEA’s recommendation for incinerating controlled substance waste

Mitigates Drug Diversion and Reduces Risk

  • Deactivates controlled substance wastage
  • Deterrent to deter ingestion of contents
  • Solidification of waste for storage and transportation

Increases Employee and Patient Security

  • Innovative, one-way disposal path allowing tablets, capsules, liquids, and patches to be securely captured
  • Prevents sharps, vials, or ampoules from entering the container
  • Container and wall mount design increase security, reducing potential for waste diversion

Eco-Conscious and Compliant Disposal of Controlled Substance Waste

  • Mitigates the risk of controlled substance wastage contaminating waterways
  • Fosters and supports your organization’s sustainability efforts
  • Follows the DEA’s recommendation for incinerating controlled substance waste

Why CsRx?

Unlike other products on the market, CsRx offers the perfect combination of safety, protection, and value. There’s no cumbersome equipment required or electrical or plumbing needed. And the material is disposed of via incineration to mitigate risks of pharmaceutical contamination of our waterways.

5 Layers of Protection in One Low-Profile Container:

  • Secure containers and brackets
  • One-way disposal path
  • Deactivation by activated carbon
  • A bittering additive and solidifier to further deter diversion
  • Compliant and effective disposal via incineration

Using Stericycle's CsRx Service Is Easy!  

  • Water is added to the container

  • Container is available for the disposal of controlled substance wastage.

  • Solidifying agent is added and cap is secured.

  • CSRx container is prepared for shipment.

  • CSRx container is replaced with new activated container

Why Stericycle?

Your Single Nationwide Partners

We manage all healthcare regulated waste streams including secure information destruction with expertise in related compliance training and sustainability consulting. Our network of localized team members across the country maintain a 98% on-time pickup rate.1

Your Risk Reduction Experts

We reduce your risk with real-time tracking of your waste from pick up to final disposal, offering OSHA and HIPAA compliance training, and with our expertise in emergency mobilization in tandem with our robust network of treatment facilities that supports you through times of crisis.

Your Sustainability Champion

In 2020, our eco-conscious products and sustainability guidance allowed our customers to recycle 1.1 billion pounds of paper, safely dispose of 40 million pounds of pharmaceutical waste; and avoid greenhouse gas emissions while diverting 104 million pounds of sharps waste plastic from landfills.1

1. Source: Stericycle data, 2020

Contact us today to book a CsRx Controlled Substance Waste consultation.

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