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Controlled Substance Waste Disposal for
Hospitals and Non-Acute Care Facilities

25 Years' Experience Years’
Experience [1]
1.7B Medical Waste Properly Managed Medical Waste
Properly Managed [2]
70M Pharmaceutical Waste Safely Disposed Pharmaceutical Waste
Safely Disposed [3]
99.5% Percent On-Time Service Percent On-Time
Service [4]
1M in Commercial Liability Protection in Commercial
Liability Protection [5]

Prescription drug addiction and substance abuse affects many doctors, nurses, physicians, medical technicians, pharmacists, and others in the healthcare field. According to an article in Critical Care Medicine, "approximately 10 to 15% of all healthcare professionals will misuse drugs or alcohol at some time during their career." Healthcare professionals possess a higher level of responsibility as they care for the health and safety of our communities. It is important to take the necessary steps to avoid misuse of drugs in our healthcare facilities.

CsRx™ is a safe and secure solution to dispose of your controlled substance waste and help you mitigate diversion risk while protecting your patients, staff and the environment. Our comprehensive, yet simple solution offers multiple levels of safety and security when disposing of tablets, capsules, liquids and patches.


The CsRx Service is designed to prevent diversion of controlled substance waste in three ways:

Non-Retrievable Elements: Reduces Risk

  • Acts immediately to deactivate controlled substance waste in the container
  • Deterrent to prevent ingestion of the liquid while in use
  • Solidification of waste prior to shipping secures content and prevents diversion
  • Meets Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) non-retrievable requirement*

Containers and Brackets: Increases Security

  • One-way disposal path
  • Designed to prevent sharps, vials or ampules from entering the container
  • Secure containers and brackets to ensure low potential for diversion
  • Available in 1.4 quart, 1 gallon and 3 gallon size containers

Environmentally-Friendly Disposal: Increases Safety

  • Prevents controlled substances from entering into the environment, water ways and our communities
  • Reduction in environmental concern increases program adoption
  • Improves patient and personnel safety
  • Follows the DEA's recommendation for incinerating controlled substance waste

This solution can help provide peace of mind that your controlled substance waste will be processed with total security and compliance.

For more information about CsRx™ Service call (866) 338-5120.

*Per DEA guidance letter, hospitals are not required to meet the non-retrievable requirements once a controlled substance is dispensed to a patient.

*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 registrants 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.


“Our Ability to Manage the Disposal of Controlled Substances Affects the Safety...”

“Our ability to manage the disposal of controlled substances affects the safety of patients, visitors, employees and anyone who walks through our doors. CsRx Service eliminated unnecessary steps in the disposal of controlled substances and enabled us to standardize more efficient and effective practices across our hospital.”

Janice Vadas, Inpatient Pharmacy Manager Indiana University Health North

Stericycle offers a variety of solutions for Waste Services, including:

Biohazardous Waste

Stericycle is a leader in providing waste transportation and disposal solutions for specialized and regulated waste streams.

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Integrated Waste Stream Solutions for Hospitals

Take the complexity and risk out of handling multiple waste streams in hospitals and major medical facilities with our integrated waste stream solutions.

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Pharmaceutical Waste

Reduce environmental and community impact associated with pharmaceutical waste by using a trusted disposal solution.

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Rejected Cargo and APHIS Waste

Comply with USDA requirements related to wastes covered by Animal and Plant Inspection Services (APHIS).

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1) Founded in 1989. 2) Based on 2016 data. 3) Based on 2016 data, this includes RCRA and non-RCRA pharmaceutical waste. 4) Based on missed stops report for medical waste YTD through August 2017. 5) Based on June 2016 Commercial General Liability policy with a limit of $1M each occurrence.